Tamburlaine Organic Wines's journey to 'Contemporary Organics' has begun in the late 90's and still continues today. We believe in continuously improving our practices. Not because it is fashionable to be Organic, Carbon Zero or 'Eco-Friendly', but for one simple reason: It makes sense.
Tamburlaine was established in 1966 by Cessnock doctor Lance Allen. In 1985 the winery was purchased by a small group of friends and relatives led by Managing Director and Chief Winemaker, Mark Davidson. Mark has taken a long-term view in building a unique winemaking philosophy incorporating what we call 'Contemporary Organics'. Grape growing and winemaking practices based on modern scientific thinking without accepting the chemical residues involved in the non-organic practices. This has involved constant research and development and has presented us with many challenges along the way, however, we came out stronger than ever and now enjoy an enviable position as Australia’s largest producer to fully embrace an organic winemaking future.
The transformation in our Hunter and Orange Region vineyards in NSW as we have implemented new contemporary organic thinking is incredible. The health of the soils and the vines themselves is very evident, consistently yielding fruit of the highest quality.
While the winery started on a modest 14-hectare vineyard in the Hunter Valley, the major Tamburlaine vineyard expansion has been in Orange where our vineyards will soon surpass 200 hectares in area. The high altitude, cool climate conditions and the majoritarily volcanic soils have cemented Orange amongst the top premium wine regions of Australia.
The integration of biodynamic methods into our organic management has been shown to accelerate biological soil activity. The latest viticultural research now clearly points to biological soil health as the key determinant of superior “terroir” or the essential site-specific wine quality.
The Australian Organic and Biodynamic Standard require the winery to be certified as an organic processor and go through the annual audit to ensure that the inputs and handling protocols comply with the standard. Where wines we make use of sulphur we strive to keep additions to a minimum.
From 2016, our winemaking has removed the use of animal proteins traditionally used throughout the industry, from our wines. To push the boundaries further with consumers in mind who cannot tolerate the normal sulphur levels in their wine, Tamburlaine has extended its range of wines to include wines without added sulphur – commercially referred to as “preservative free”. Chief Winemaker, Mark Davidson, has managed successive vintages since 1986 and now has a younger, experienced and enthusiastic team dedicated to wine quality, process refinement and innovation.