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Our Story 2018-05-03T08:10:58+00:00
WE ARE CONTEMPORARY ORGANICS

Since 1966 Tamburlaine Winery has experienced an amazing transformation from “conventional” to organic vineyard and winery management. We have acquired a reputation for outstanding wine quality with numerous awards confirming that vine and soil health is paramount to making great contemporary wine.

Our Contemporary Organic philosophy is two-fold, we strive to be more sustainable and cultivate our vineyards using the most up-to-date evidence-based knowledge available and we craft brilliant contemporary wine that is a true reflection of its vineyard.

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

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.

While the winery started on a modest 14-hectare vineyard in the Hunter Valley, Tamburlaine Organic Wines expanded in Orange in the late 90s. We now cultivate over 200 hectares in our Borenore and Bellview vineyards in the foothills of Mount Canobolas. The high altitude, cool climate conditions and the largely 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.

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WINEMAKING

The Australian Organic and Biodynamic Standard requires all organic wineries to be certified and go through an annual audit to ensure that we comply with the standard. From 2016, our winemaking has removed the use of animal proteins traditionally used throughout the industry, from 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”.

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.

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CERTIFIED ORGANIC & BIODYNAMIC

After a long period of vineyard observation and trials, in 2002 we took the first steps toward organic certification for some of our Hunter Valley blocks. This meant a full management program which replaced synthetic chemicals, improved soil organic matter and simulated the vines’ natural defences – as they say, ‘the story is in the soil’.

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

OPEN 7 DAYS

9AM ~ 5PM

CELLAR DOOR

358 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320

BOOKINGS

1800 659 956

*Why ‘Cru’ and not ‘Crew’? Google ‘Premier Cru’!