Tractorless Vineyard – Winery with Sustainable and Award-Winning Wines of the Region
Tractorless Vineyard lies in the Southern Highlands in Australia and is home to sustainable and award-winning wines of the region. The vineyards are run biodynamically and then are run by sheep for the whole growing period which means they use the tractor 60% less hence the name “Tractorless”.
Vineyard and Their Climate
The premium cool climate Southern Highlands is the closest wine region to Sydney, Australia’s largest population center. Working together with the local community and other farmers in the Southern Highlands, Jeff Aston is leading the region’s charge into a more sustainable long term wine industry.
Tractorless Vineyard embraces a combination of old-world knowledge and skills with new world techniques all guided by Biodynamic principles.
At Tractorless Vineyard sheep play an extremely important role in the management of the vineyards and olive groves. They are essentially solar-powered, fertilizing lawnmowers. It has taken the staff at the winery several years to perfect the management and rotation of the flock to maximize efficiency and to eliminate the need for drenches. They aim to reduce their resource use by the integration of natural farming systems in the vineyards to provide a more long term sustainably balanced and diverse farming system that can continue to produce award-winning wines.
The Grape varieties
The wines produced by the winery are under labels such as Southern Highlands, Hill Tops and Tumburramba with prime wine categories such as red, white, rose, sparkling, dessert and fortified wines. The varieties of grapes produced by the Tractorless Vineyards are Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Aleatico, Saperavi, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Grenache, and Mouvedre.