Meet an iconic holistic farmer who believes passionately in the sustainable production of fruits, honey and award-winning cool climate wines. He is renowned for his deep understanding of how the various processes work together to maximise outcomes – good soil, good crops and strong animals, and he is always willing to share his knowledge.
The vineyard is one of the oldest in the region, established in 1983 on Cargo Road, west of Orange. The varieties grown are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Zinfandel, Nebbiolo, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. The vineyard planted on deep red basalt and clay based loam soils, and is largely unirrigated.
The run-down Cargo Road Vineyard was purchased in 1997 and was already 14 years old. James has spent the subsequent years adding to the vineyard and making it into a viable business. This has been achieved primarily through holistic management principals, nurturing and maintaining the property. Including weed control, pruning, canopy management, and a bit more weed control. It has also improved through increasing the varieties planted on site, and the number of vines.
The product is available from:
- Cellar Door Cargo Road
- All major liquor stores and restaurants
Find out more about Cargo Road Wines.