News and Trends

Q&A: Avondale

HL chatted to Avondale proprietor, Johnathan Grieve about organic wine and why it’s becoming so popular. Is organic wine a big trend at the moment? Organic and sustainably produced products are a growing category worldwide. People are becoming more aware of what they are eating and drinking. So yes, it’s definitely growing as a segment. Why are people moving towards drinking organic wine? There are the obvious reasons such as organic wines having a lower alcohol content and no chemical residues, but I believe the movement stems both from the consumer as well as the producer. Farming naturally produces wine with more character. Can you tell us about your wines and what makes them organic? In essence ‘organic’ means that we don’t use any chemical fertilisers, herbicides or insecticides, but rather look towards Mother Nature to create a living, thriving vineyard that produces balanced fruit and ultimately, balanced wines. In terms of wine production, we don’t add anything to our wines, barring a very low amount of sulphur. We use natural fermentations and produce the wines in a ‘slow’ way, with extended lees contact and barrel maturation. What kind of organic wines are available for wine drinkers? These days you can get any wine that is produced organically. At Avondale we produce six wines which are all organic and biodynamic. Each one of our wines has a unique name that tells the Avondale story: Anima, a lively Chenin Blanc; Cyclus, a refreshing white blend; La Luna, a classic red blend; Samsara, a Syrah; Armilla, a joyous Brut made in the Methode Cap Classique tradition; and Camissa, a Blanc de Noir. Compiled by Katharyn Williams-Jaftha