In the late 1990s, after many years of experience in conventional farming in Burgundy, California and Oregon, Ted had become convinced that conventional western agronomic theory was insufficient to explain plant growth, health and reproductive capacity. Ted had turned to biodynamic farming for Littorai's production and in his work with other wineries. He proposed that Burn Cottage be fully biodynamically farmed from inception and that is the path we have followed with great commitment and enthusiasm. In 2002 no one was farming biodynamically in Central Otago and the question arose who could assist the estate6to practice biodynamics to its fullest potential. We turned to one of the world's foremost authorities, New Zealander Peter Proctor. Peter and his partner Rachel Pomeroy have been intimately involved in the organization, establishment and practice of biodynamics at Burn Cottage since the very beginning. Without Peter and Rachel's wonderful counsel Burn Cottage would be not be what it is today.
Along with 10 hectares of vines we have over 20 hectares of land devoted
to creating an enclosed farm system. We have Highland Cattle to provide
integrated grazing of pastures and to supply manure for our compost
programs. We also keep beesand have planted an olive grove to produce
olive oil in the future. We consider biodiversity to be the corner stone
of healthy farming, and plant accordingly to create this environment
within the vineyard and the farm. Native species of New Zealand plants,
bushes and trees have also been planted to restore native habitats.