Mike’s professional ethos has grown over many years, winery visits, and countless wine tastings and has led him to become a firm supporter of biodynamic viticulture, and all efforts to increase biodiversity and the health of the biosphere in and around the vines.
Not only is this method of production hugely beneficial for the environment and the vineyard workers, but practical proof has shown an improvement in the wines as well.
Mike enjoys promoting all biodynamic wines from around the world, especially given the extra time and effort it takes the winemakers to implement these changes.
Organic viticulture is now mercifully widely accepted as producing some of the best consumer and environmentally friendly wines available on the market
Gone are the days of scepticism regarding a handful of hippies producing average wine. Some of the best winemakers in the world are proudly organic.
Mike retains that biodynamics are the way he sees the ideal scenario, but appreciates it’s not a view shared by the masses and organic viticulture is by far the next best alternative to strive for.
Sustainability gets a bad name, mostly because there are few well defined processes around the world to say exactly what “SUSTAINABILITY” means
There are, however, areas where organics are very difficult, usually due to climatic issues, and the best practical solution for an ongoing business is to strive for sustainable practices. This can be any and all of environmental, energy, community, or economic.
Mike supports all efforts to lay down sustainable guidelines for winemakers, including pioneering work by the New Zealand Wine Growers, Californian Wine institute, and the Bordeaux Wine Council.