The first thing that strikes you about Basils Farm is the location. It’s bounded by Ramsar listed wetlands and overlooks the Marine Sanctuary of Swan Bay towards the towering turrets of Queenscliff’s grand hotels.
Happily, this visually stunning patch of turf is also well structured for winemaking. Organic and biodynamic practices ensure quality soil, healthy plants and minimise the need for other inputs.
The commitment to organic practices continues at harvest. Small quantities of grapes are hand picked in cool temperatures in the morning, and fermented using indigenous yeasts with minimal intervention.
Basils Farm specialises in small batches of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Shiraz, all reflecting the unique terroir of the land on which they’re grown.
The operation also cares for 17 acres of waterways and bushland where revegetation projects provide habitat for beneficial insects, which in turn provide a natural pest management solution.
With high-quality wine, hampers and platters available at the cellar door, Basils Farm is perfect for an al-fresco afternoon. It’s a shining example of a vineyard at one with the pristine natural environment it lives within.