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Bill Downie

Bill Downie

When he came across this biodynamic Petit Verdot vineyard in South Australia, he saw an opportunity to make an accessibly priced wine that would be available in greater volume. But because the vineyard has been organically managed for the past 15 years, and was recently certified as biodynamic, he also saw a site that fitted in with the philosophy of grape growing he pursues on his own vineyard in Gippsland. Situated on the Murray River, close to the town of New Residence, the Petit Verdot vineyard is planted on deep red sandy loam. Unlike many vineyards in this part of Australia, it is tended by hand, so the quality of the grapes was outstanding.