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Orbis Wines appoints new wine-maker to continue its sustainability

Top 50 vineyard finalist, Orbis Wines has appointed a new wine-maker to continue its legacy of deliciously sustainable wines.

In keeping with its namesake (meaning circle), Orbis Wines has been investing in sustainable winemaking since owners Brad Moyes and Kendall Grey set up the family operation at McLaren Vale in 2019.

The vineyards family philosophy has been to make exceptional wine using only what is necessary, and to return to the property what’s needed for regeneration and sustainability.

Their commitment to this has led Orbis Wines to recently be announced as a finalist in the Australian Top 50 Vineyards Awards 2021, with winners to be revealed next month.

Now, the Orbis Wines team has recruited ex-pat New Zealander biodynamic and organic viticultural consultant and oenologist, Lauren Langfield to guide their continued work in sustainable viticulture.

“Her [Lauren’s] knowledge and skill and commitment to make great wines in ways that minimise waste and damage and add to making a better environment is a very good fit for us,” owner Kendall said.

Lauren comes from experience working with William Downie in West Gippsland, Brendan Keys, Gareth Belton and Erinn Klein in the Adelaide Hills.

“My strengths in organic and biodynamic viticulture benefit my winemaking – respecting fruit quality and not getting too heavy handed with the winemaking influences,” Lauren said.

“I have put in the hard yards in the vineyard first, which I think is crucial for winemaking,” she continued.

Orbis Wines are known for their passion in acknowledging economic, social and environmental responsibilities and in demonstrating how to minimise impacts on natural resources to combat global warming.

The winery is fully off-grid, and solar-powered with enough sparks to even charge the vineyard car and forklift as well.

Vine varieties on the property include Cinsault, Trousseau, Grenache, Tempranillo, Montepulciano, Fiano, Albarino, Nero D’avola and old vine Shiraz.

So the next time you take a sip of a delicious Orbis Wine, you can rest easy knowing the wine you’re drinking has been delivered to you in the most eco-friendly way possible.

Check out their full range of wines, here.

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