The Nature’s Step vineyards are certified organic by ACO – Australia’s leading certifying organisation. The Nature’s Step organic producer’s logo is on the back of all the wine labels so you can be assured you’re drinking an Australian organic product every time! It takes 3 years to be certified organic, and every year, the vineyards and winery are audited to ensure organic practices are maintained throughout the entire grape growing and winemaking processes.
Virginia, South Australia, is the home of Nature’s Step. Spread across several vineyards, the certified organic grapes grow free from synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilisers and chemicals. This is followed through to the winery where no nasty additions are included in the wine. By minimising inputs and focusing on building a sustainable organic farm, healthier soils and root systems are created which produce vibrant grapes with rich fruity flavours and ultimately, cleaner, tastier wine!
The organic vineyards produce Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. All varieties grown on these vineyards are of exceptional quality, producing some of the finest organic wines in Australia.
The vineyards are situated north of Adelaide and South east of the Barossa Valley, in the Adelaide Plains wine region. The blocks are bounded east by the Adelaide hills and west by the coastal waters of the Gulf of St Vincent. The cool coastal breezes and abundance of sunshine create ideal weather conditions for this grape growing region.
The soil is a mixture of dark heavy loam and sandy loam over limestone. Both are alkaline and perfect for grape growing. Drip irrigation is used from underground aquifers as the annual rainfall in the region is generally low.
Harvest generally takes places from late January to mid-late March. The hot summers in this region create perfect ripening conditions to achieve high quality fruit for the wines.