At home with biodynamic winemaker Jeff Aston

We take a look inside Tractorless Vineyard owner, Jeff Aston's sustainable Southern Highlands home.

Jeff Aston, biodynamic wine, organic wine, Tractorless Vineyards

There’s no doubt that cozying up with a good glass of wine by the fireplace is what makes winter a little more tolerable. In true Sporteluxe form, however, we would choose none other then to have a bottle of biodynamic red wine by our side.

Biodynamic wine, as you may have read, is a more natural approach to making wine and is on the rise in Sydney. With a richer, more authentic taste, natural wines benefit from the real nutritional value of fermented grapes compared to more processed alternatives (hello, hangovers). Places like Darlinghurst’s Bar Brosé have a large selection to choose from, whilst TimeOut has rounded up the top bars to drink the good stuff in all it’s natural glory.

With this in mind, Sporteluxe’s own Bianca Cheah recently visited biodynamic brand,  Tractorless Vineyard in The Southern Highlands. She had the opportunity to chat with owner, Jeff Aston, and take a sneak peak inside his sustainable home. Cheese, avocado, olive and wine tasting inevitably ensued.

At home with Jeff Aston

Jeff Aston, Bio dynamic wine, tractorless wines, Australian biodynamic wine

Jeff Aston, Tractorless wines, bio dynamic wines, organic wines, bowral

Jeff Aston, Tractorless wines, bio dynamic wines, organic wines, bowral

So what is a Tractorless Vineyard, you may wonder? It’s described as a lifestyle celebrating and combining the old with the new ways of wine making. It excludes, you guessed it, the use of tractors and harmful chemicals.

Jeff Aston, Bio dynamic wine, tractorless wines, Australian biodynamic wine

“Tractorless Vineyard embraces a combination of old world knowledge and skills with new world techniques all guided by Biodynamic principles. The aim is to reduce our resource use by the integration of natural farming systems in our vineyards to provide a more long term sustainably balanced and diverse farming system that can continue to produce award winning wines.” tractorlessvineyard.com

Jeff Aston, Bio dynamic wine, tractorless wines, Australian biodynamic wine

Wherever you find yourself this weekend, we hope it’s a good excuse to hop on the healthy bandwagon and grab a natural bottle (or two). If not for yourself, then for the sake of sustainability (wink, wink).

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Andrea is a qualified yoga instructor and writer. With an international background, she grew up on a small island in the Caribbean and speaks both fluent French and English. She now enjoys an active life on the northern beaches of Sydney, as an avid enthusiast of all things surf, yoga, travel and photography. Writing is her favourite way to channel her positive energy and hopes to inspire people towards a healthy and fulfilled lifestyle. Andrea graduated from Paris Business School and Australian Catholic university with a Bachelor of Business, and is currently pursuing her post-grad in Journalism at UTS.