Terry and Kiriaki Carypidis migrated to Australia in 1953, eventually settling in Virginia, South Australia. After working in any job they could to make ends meet, they managed to buy some fertile, promising land where they could raise their family. Taking with them their young daughter Voula and two sons, Ken and Chris, it took just five years before Terry planted the very first grapes on what is today affectionately called the “Home Block”; twenty acres of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, using the methods that Terry had seen and tended to at home in Greece.
In 2005, Ken founded Pure Vision, an organic and sustainable arm to the family business, and was joined by Chris. The brothers have over 40 years of experience in the vineyard now, and they are passionate about sustainable farming and organic farming practices. Visionaries in sustainable winemaking in Australia, Nature’s Step and Pure Vision create some of the most delicious, easy-drinking organic wines on the market.
WHAT IS ORGANIC WINE?
Organic wines need organic grapes, so farmers eschew the use of artificial pesticides, chemical fertilizers and herbicides. The US and EU, two of the most prominent bodies in the organic wine certification game, have different rules regarding ‘organic’, particularly concerning the cellaring practices (which relates to how wines are stored before getting into the bottle).
So wine can be made with organically-grown grapes but needs to use organic yeast and avoid sulfites to be a USDA-certified organic wine. Similarly, complex rules exist in the EU, but total sulfite levels are limited (rather than banned). In both cases, the entire winemaking facility – and not just the farm – has to use organic practices.
That might seem complicated, but it’s easier if you just stick to the golden rule: follow the organic certification rules in respective winemaking regions. If possible, try to learn about the winemaker to see how they comply with organic legislation (or organic methods) in their country. If you ever get the chance, a visit to an organic farm is a fantastic opportunity to understand the sustainable vision of organic farmers.
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