Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard to be sold
After 20 years farming the Broke Fordwich area, the Windrim family has decided to sell boutique winery Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard.
The vineyard was planted in 1998, and in 2002 Krinklewood started implementing biodynamic practices, soon becoming fully certified organic and biodynamic. Over the past 10 years Rod Windrim, and more recently his son Pete, have been frequent educators within Australia in biodynamic viticulture and winemaking.
“Our family is unified and excited that the time has come to pass on our passion of biodynamic viticulture and love for our beautiful patch of earth at Krinklewood,” Windrim said. “One of the guiding biodynamic principles is to leave something greater than how you found it, as a legacy and gift to the next generation. With the growth of our brand we believe now is the time to hand over the custodianship to someone who will take it to the next level.”
Located 20 minutes west of Pokolbin and two hours north of Sydney, the 59-hectare property features a three-bedroom architecturally designed colonial homestead and 19-hectare vineyard.
The cellar door (open Friday to Sunday) and winery is set among Provencal gardens, urns, fountains and is surrounded by animal life, olive trees and the Brokenback ranges. The property also includes a tennis court, saltwater pool, a stone pool cabana, vegetable garden and small orchard.
With three fulltime employees plus six cellar door staff, the property is managed under strict holistic and sustainable practises, without the use of any chemicals, which is shown in the individuality and superior quality of the wines.
The southern end of the Broke Fordwich valley has a slightly cooler climate than most Hunter Valley wineries, which allows the vineyard to explore less Hunter specific varietals.
The white vines are on a flat bed of free-draining loam organic soil which is ideal for producing classic Hunter Valley Semillon, Verdelho and Chardonnay. In more recent years they have added small plantings of Gewürztraminer and Viognier.
A gentle slope of clay-loam organic soil is well suited to classic Hunter Shiraz. Later, the family planted Mourvedre to make Francesca Rosé and introduced a small planting of the Spanish variety Tempranillo.
The new winery, completed prior to the 2017 vintage, includes fully automated brine refrigeration and comes complete with state of the art laboratory, steel tanks, French barrels and automated press. With an annual turnover of $1.4 million, the property has the capacity to produce over 10,000 cases per year.
The Krinklewood Wine Club has been going for 16 years, boasts more than 1800 members, and is responsible for 58% of the vineyard’s sales. The rest is made up of NSW & VIC distribution (15%); cellar door and online (20%) and direct wholesale (7%).
The sale of the property will be managed by Alan Jurd and Cain Beckett at Jurd’s Real Estate, Cessnock.