Last week I wrote about yet another delicious lunch we had at one of our favourite South West places, Cullen Winery (see here). Keen to see the beautiful gardens we headed outside and discovered a new treasure – a self-guided tour of their Biodynamic Garden. It is a fairly new addition opened in 2013 though this was our first walk round (we must have been too busy making wine purchases on previous visits to notice!).
Once you’ve admired the views and grounds, you are encouraged to wander round the spiral shaped garden and learn more about Cullen’s farming practices and philosophy. There is a raft of information and you can read up more here.
Always with a concern for the environment, Cullen switched to being totally organic in 1998 but increased this to incorporate biodynamic practices in 2003. Only preparations based on mineral, plant and animal substances are used in soil preparation. Furthermore the moon cycles and in particular the position of the moon in relation to the other planets governs the viticulture at Cullen. I can only give a brief overview here but a pictorial guided tour helps to give an idea of the ideas behind the wine cultivation at Cullen.
If you’re wondering about the difference between organic and biodynamic (as I was) here is a close up of the explanation!
Our self-guided tour brought back memories of school science lessons. However I don’t remember my teachers discussing the importance of the Moon being opposite Saturn in wine production (nor for that matter teaching us about viticulture at all!). Lunar cycles and bees are 2 of the important cogs in the wheel of the farming at Cullen.
The local Aboriginal people, the Wardandi and the early European settlers have all made a contribution to the botanical history of the South West region.
The Biodynamic Spiral Garden is well worth a wander round – it’s a relaxed and peaceful place in a lovely setting and the fresh produce and wines are a testament to the Cullen family’s hard work and dedication!
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