Compost tea making at Granton Vineyard
This image was captured at Granton Vineyard in southern Tasmania. It shows compost tea being created in a disused stainless steel wine fermentation tank.
Before use, the compost tea is aerated to encourage the establishment of a large colony of beneficial bacteria and microflora. The compost tea is then sprayed under vines to transfer those bugs from the tea to the vineyard environment.
The 25ha Granton site is home to the wines of fifth-generation winemaker Steve Lubiana. The Lubiana family create cool climate, artisan wines from grape to glass in Australia's picturesque Derwent Valley.
Sustainable biodynamic vineyard practices and a state of the art on-site winery ensure complex New World wines of excellence and distinction that merit comparison with those of the Old World.
Log on to vino-review.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/stefano-lubiana-2012-... to read the first in a series of diary entries on vintage 2012 at Stefano Lubiana Wines.
Stefano Lubiana Wines is rated 5 red stars in the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013. This wine carries a 96-rating from the author.
In May 2010, Decanter's Andrew Jefford named Steve Lubiana as one of Australia's ten bravest winemakers: 'their wines accurately, uncompromisingly and sometimes beautifully reflect their origins. They are like nothing else on earth."
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