Bassham Organic Vineyard

Bassham Organic Vineyard-Thiele Road, Barmera, Property Developed 2001-2003.

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This property is situated 3km south of Barmera, in the Riverland. The vineyard is north facing and features deep sandy loam soil, an arid Mediterranean climate and an average rainfall of 210mm per year.

The property which was purchased by Bruce and Val in 2000 was originally a 100 acre wheat farm. With the help of one of their son-in-law’s, Neil Bourton, the wheat farm was developed into a majestic vineyard consisting of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Viognier, surrounded with mallee and wildlife.

With the downturn of the Chardonnay in the wine grape industry, Bruce decided to top work 23 acres to alternative

varieties in 2009, varieties such as Vermentino, Montepulciano , Fiano, Lagrein, Petit Manseng and Nero d’Avola. These alternative varieties are suited to a warm Mediterranean climate, and are drought tolerant, so therefore would love our Riverland conditions.

The property is surrounded by natural bush land with encourages bird and animal life creating a natural balance of native predators that help control unwanted pests, as chemical sprays kill off these natural predators. For disease control we use natural sulphur and mineral copper. Weeds are controlled by use of clements weeder, mowing and slashing. Water is supplied by highly efficient automated drip irrigation. Most varieties are mechanically harvested however some are handpicked to retain the highest quality and some varieties are also bunch thinned.

The property has now been converted to a fully organic vineyard with the year 2010 seeing the property obtain A Class Organic Certification status with NASAA (National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia) Certification no. 5337.