Organic winemaking starts with the cultivation of organic grapes — a practice inspired by the simplicity of nature. In Wellington, Lazanou Organic Vineyards is known as the home of organic wine farming. Passionate owner Xavier Bavaud, originally from Switzerland, tells us how he and his family have braved (and conquered) the Wellington heat to cultivate these distinctive, flavourful wines. Press play to see what organic winemaking entails.

While they have had the desire to relocate for some time, the family was only able to settle on the farm in late 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When Xavier now thinks back to their plans’ delay, he smiles despite it posing a challenge to his dreams at the time. Fortunately, he was not easily dissuaded from his quest.

Wellington is perfectly situated for wine growing due to its complex soil composition and suitable climate. Grapevines thrive under these strenuous conditions; at the same time, the warm Wellington sunshine and cool winter rains nurture flourishing vineyards.


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