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OUR HISTORY

Tamburlaine was established in 1966 by Dr 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 built his long-term winemaking philosophy based on contemporary organic practices, both in the vineyard and the winery.  After challenging years of research and development, the company enjoys now an enviable position as Australia’s largest producer of organic wines.

Photograph taken by Simon Joshua Peel

IN TAMBURLAINE THE GREAT’S FOOTSTEPS

The English playwright Christopher Marlowe wrote the play ‘Tamburlaine the Great’, a play about a 14th-century ruler, Timur, renowned for being one of the most fearless and inspirational leaders of his time. As with this warrior prince, our Contemporary Organics vision is the driving force behind our success in producing award-winning organic, vegan and low sulphur or no added sulphur wines.

OUR VINEYARDS

While the winery started on a modest 14-hectare vineyard in the Hunter Valley, Tamburlaine Organic Wines expanded in Orange in the late 90s. After acquiring the Borenore vineyard, Tamburlaine purchased another property in 2017 in Orange of over 100 hectares of organically farmed vines. The high altitude, cool climate conditions and the largely volcanic soils have cemented Orange amongst the top premium wine regions of Australia.

In keeping with Contemporary Organic principles, all properties strive to optimise organic matter and promote biological soil health and beneficial biodiversity. In its 93-hectare property in Borenore, Orange has also integrated biodynamic methods into its organic management system. The integration of biodynamic methods into 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 transformation in our Hunter and Orange vineyards over the decades is truly incredible. The health of the soils and the vines allows us to consistently harvest fruit of the highest quality and to produce award-winning terroir wines.

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CONTEMPORARY WINEMAKING

Chief Winemaker, Mark Davidson, has managed successive vintages since 1986 and now has a young, experienced and enthusiastic team dedicated to wine quality, process refinement and innovation.

As part of our commitment to organic wine production, our winery is certified under the Australian Organic and Biodynamic Standard and goes through an annual audit to ensure that we comply with the standard. From 2016,we have removed the use of animal proteins (eggs, milk or fish) traditionally used throughout the industry, from our winery and our wines. We also strive to keep sulphur additions to a minimum.

For consumers who cannot tolerate the normal sulphur levels in their wine, Tamburlaine has extended its range of wines to include wines without added sulphur – or “preservative free”.

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CERTIFIED ORGANIC & BIODYNAMIC

After a long period of vineyard observation and trials, in 2002, Tamburlaine took the first steps towards organic certification for some of its Hunter Valley blocks. This meant a full management program which replaced synthetic chemicals by biodegradable inputs, improved soil biology and stimulated the vine’s natural defences – as they say, ‘the story is in the soil’.

After undergoing a three-year conversion period it received A-grade certified organic status for the first blocks and has since extended the certification to all sites in Orange and the Hunter Valley. To carry the ‘Australian Certified Organic’ bud logo on labels requires rigorous annual audits by the Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA) to ensure the absence of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and synthetic fertilisers in the production of the wines.

CONTEMPORARY ORGANICS
MEET THE TEAM
MARK DAVIDSON
MARK DAVIDSONManaging Director & Chief Winemaker
LOU DAVIDSON
LOU DAVIDSONGeneral Manager - Weddings/Events
JONATHAN SCOTT
JONATHAN SCOTTExecutive Director & Wholesale Manager
PETER THOMPSON
PETER THOMPSON Executive Director
AARON MERCER
AARON MERCERSenior Winemaker
DUNCAN SPRY
DUNCAN SPRYTrainee Winemaker
JADEN HALL
JADEN HALLTrainee Winemaker
CLAYTON KIELY
CLAYTON KIELYOrange Vineyard Manager
HAZEL KITSON
HAZEL KITSONSupply Chain Manager
DEBBIE BOWMAN
DEBBIE BOWMANFreight & Logistics Coordinator
JAN WILLIAMS
JAN WILLIAMSCellar Door Manager
GLENN MYERS
GLENN MYERSSenior Wine Consultant
ROBERT BUTCHER
ROBERT BUTCHERSenior Wine Consultant
CRYSTAL ALLAN
CRYSTAL ALLANWeddings & Events
IRMA DUPUIS
IRMA DUPUISHead of Branding, Strategy and Communications
BRIDIE SCOTT
BRIDIE SCOTTCustomer Data Support and Training Coordinator
HEATHER DESBOROUGH
HEATHER DESBOROUGHAdministration Manager
LISA DIMMOCK
LISA DIMMOCKAccounts Manager
BILBY MANI
BILBY MANIIT Manager
PETE TAYLOR
PETE TAYLORMaintenance & Environmental Manager
GARY JENNER
GARY JENNERPokolbin Vineyard Manager
BRUCE LEWIS
BRUCE LEWISWholesale Manager
OPENING TIMES

OPEN 7 DAYS

9AM ~ 5PM

CELLAR DOOR

358 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320

BOOKINGS

1800 659 956