Margaret River Organic Wine Trail
At present there is only a small number of producers in the Margaret River Wine Region that have fully certified all their vineyards and their wineries, and that only sell wines produced from certified organic or biodynamic fruit. The Margaret River Certified Organic and Biodynamic Wine Trail visits a selection of these wineries on a relaxed and picturesque journey through the heart of the Margaret River Wine Region and its many attractions. Copies of the wine trail brochure are available through visitor centres in the Margaret River region, and at participating cellar doors.
While many wine producers claim to use organic or biodynamic principles or practices in their vineyards or wine making, only a few have made the extra commitment required to gain and maintain certification. The certification of primary production land to organic or biodynamic status can take anywhere from 12 months to 36 months depending on prior history. Certified winemaking involves adhering to strict rules around avioding mixing certified with non-certified fruit, and what additives or processing aids can be used in the winemaking process.
Certified producers are subject to an annual audit by their certifying agency to ensure that the organic or biodynamic standards are maintained. Unlike non-certified producers who claim to use organic or biodynamic principles, certified producers do not have the option to use non-approved inputs, such as fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides or GMOs. If they do, they risk losing their certification. For a consumer, the certification of an organic or biodynamic product signifies the integrity of that product.
There are numerous other vineyards and wineries in the region practicing organic and biodynamic techniques, with many pursuing organic certification for their vineyards and/or wineries. A full list of these is available on the Margaret River Organic Wine website. This is an exciting time for organic wine in Margaret River, and we hope that producers continue to gain organic certification in both vineyards and wineries. We believe these practices can produce beautiful wine reflecting healthy and diverse vineyard ecosystems, and leave the smallest possible footprint on the environment.