for wine producers
Kiss the Dirt will as a business contribute to the overall prosperity of all related parties. We value long term relationships and sustainable business practices ahead of fast, or continuous, growth in size.
WHAT IS IMPORTANT
The producers I want to work with are not likely to fit into singular definitions as to vinicultural practices. I do not subscribe to any dogmas, or think that one approach is of more value than another - it all depends, on individual circumstances.
I prefer working with smaller and family run wine producers - not as a guarantee of quality as such, but rather as almost a prerequisite in allowing (long term) quality to be foremost consideration, and being able to allow for a more personal imprint on each wine. Businesses of similar nature and size tend to also work well with each other.
I value growers who are in tune with the vineyards, and adopt to varieties and practices that suit their sites. I appreciate winemakers who employ a hands-off approach in the winery when possible, one that guides the wine through stages rather than making it into something that it wasn't meant to be. The German word Kellermeister, cellar master, might offer an insight to my thinking here.
I value sustainability, but the concept should be about much more than, for example, isolated practices in the vineyard. It should be a long term view of minimising use of energy and harm to everything involved in producing a bottle of wine, right through to the person enjoying the wine.
What I find is often missing in conversations around sustainability is the society. I want to support practices which allow vinicultural neighbourhoods to not only survive, but to blossom and develop long term. We should all also contribute to discussions on how we source, sell and buy wines at large.
What I look for in a wine
No matter how technically brilliant the wine, it must in the end be delicious and bring pleasure, regardless of its price. Next to this, all other aspects pale in importance, not to mention that they tend to be about highly subjective matters that we should never argue over.
There are lots of ways to produce wines of character, and with a sense of time and place. Some producers might push for daily innovations while others hold on to ancient practices.
I don't find monumental wines that impress from the first whiff to be of higher quality than those that speak with a kinder and softer voice - body and volume in a wine are characters, not quality factors.
Australian wine culture
I believe that the best of Australian wine is yet ahead us.
An incredible foundation has been in the making since the mid-1800s, and I am encouraged by growers and producers that today explore new territories on all fronts, and are willing to listen to what the vines and wines tell us with an open mind.
While I champion Australian wines, we should all stay open to the fact that Australia is never going to be good at everything. I value knowledge and learning, and it is important that we all stay open and curious to the ideas and thoughts from our colleagues, be they our neighbours or those in other parts of the globe.
We should all learn everyday through conversations and exchanges of ideas while working in trade and in front of the public. Open conversations amongst the trade and with our common customers will long term contribute positively to a distinctly Australian wine culture, one that is built on self-knowledge: a confidence in our strengths, tastes and preferences, a wine culture of our own.
Professional. Profitable. Family owned.
My intention is to remain a professional small scale family owned business that trades in authentic and delicious wines. I want to contribute to the overall prosperity of all related parties, and value long term relationships as well as sustainable business practices ahead of continuous growth (if the two should present conflicts of interest).
I look forward to seeing you in and around trade. Give me a call on +61 405 728 118, or send me an email if you'd be interested in working with me in the Sydney to Newcastle area of NSW, and possibly in select overseas markets long term.