State first for Lubiana Wines

Written By miftah nugraha on Kamis, 22 Agustus 2013 | 19.55

Steve and Monique Lubiana in their vineyard and winery. Picture: RICHARD JUPE

IT has been 12 years in the making, but small family-owned Stefano Lubiana Wines vineyard at Granton is now the state's first certified biodynamic producer.

Derwent Valley couple Steve and Monique Lubiana today launched the property's biodynamic food and wine interpretation centre.

"Being biodynamic has been a dream of ours, and now we can share our story for others who choose to follow the philosophy and we have the resources here for them to do that," Mrs Lubiana said.

The centre's specially designed interpretation displays, media resources and learning activities have been established to complement a tasting and dining facility to be completed later this year.

After arriving in 1990, the couple developed their Granton vineyard, near Hobart, to create handcrafted Tasmanian wines.

Biodynamics philosophy, based on ancient farming practices, allows the pursuit of connectivity between the elements, aiming for better soils by adopting a holistic, regenerative management approach. The vineyard is free of herbicide and fertiliser use.

"We have fought against the odds and our wine is now allowed to evolve in the bottle for higher quality."

The property's certification, carried out by Australian Certified Organic, took about three years.

Fifth-generation winemaker Steve Lubiana said Australia lags behind the rest of the world in adopting genuinely sustainable farming and viticultural practices.

"We believe working sustainably with the land can be achieved by anyone who is committed to the environment, either a commercial vineyard or working at home on your own vegetable patch," Mr Lubiana said.

The centre was co-funded with $110,000 from the Federal Government under the T-QUAL grants program.

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