The Dabblebrook mission

Our main goal at Dabblebrook is to live a happy, healthy, and fun life. To achieve this, we have implemented regenerative farming practices adopting a dynamic, holistic approach. By following the best farming practices, we produce better wine for you. Using fewer chemical inputs on the vineyard and showing more love for our soils results in a lighter footprint. Solar energy has powered our vineyard entirely since 2008, making it a completely off-grid operation.

For the love of soil

We practice regenerative viticulture, an evolution of conventional methods that doesn’t rely on synthetic fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides. Regenerative viticulture is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming systems.

It’s not a ‘one size fits all’ system. It’s about what works best for the land. With a focus on topsoil regeneration, biodiversity is increased while improving the water cycle (water ingress from rain and irrigation) and moisture retention. Water is an essential resource at Dabblebrook, as we use 100% reclaimed water for our irrigation needs.

These practices enhance the ecosystem and support biological carbon sequestration through increased photosynthesis, increasing resilience to climate change and strengthening the health and vitality of our soils.

Ian pouring some wine while Libbi holds the glass during the Dabblers lunch event held at Dabblebrook

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Fun-guys and fun-gals

At Dabblebrook, we use both regenerative and sustainable viticulture techniques to promote the healthy growth of soil biota and its ecosystem. One technique involves planting multi-species cover crops in autumn and winter to stimulate quorum sensing, a mechanism of bacterial intercellular communication that depends on their population density. 

Quorum sensing activates the expression of hundreds of bacterial and fungal genes, many of which play an important role in plant-bacterial interactions. The more species of cover crops used, the greater the community of beneficial bacterial and fungal populations, which in turn help to build soil structure in the vineyard. 

The soil microbiome consists of many microorganisms contributing to essential ecosystem services, including nutrient recycling and protecting soil structure, to support and help the ecosystem thrive.

We use compost teas, vermicast and beneficial microorganisms to spray our grapevines and soils. Our goal is to be able to work and live safely on the vineyard with our pups.

Wine not?

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Ian and Libbi initiating a toast during the Dabblers lunch event held at Dabblebrook

Leaving footprints in the mud only

Regenerative viticulture is a sustainable farming practice that has a significant positive impact on the environment and helps combat climate change.

Healthy plants remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in the soil, reducing the amount of greenhouse gases in the air. In addition, we also reduce carbon emissions by decreasing the use of machinery and tractors in the vineyard. Carbon sequestration practices are gaining popularity in viticulture and all agricultural sectors, and they can have a massive positive impact on fighting climate change globally by reducing carbon footprints.

If you have any questions about our sustainable farming practices or soil health, Ian will happily discuss them with you. Just get in touch! (Caution: getting him to shut up about it could be a challenge….).

Dabblers lunch served with roasted meat and unique handcrafted wines held at Dabblebrook

Wine down and boogie at Dabblebrook. We'll provide the wine and the dance floor

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