Tom & Sally Belford


Bobar Wines, Australia

Tom and Sally Belford made their way through France’s wine regions for 15 months in 2010 and first experienced natural wine-growing in the Loire Valley. Back in Australia, they decided to settle down in the Yarra Valley and to start their own activity, far from Australia’s industrial wineries and winemaking philosophy. Ever since their viticulture studies at Charles Sturt University, Tom and Sally always intended to make wines the simplest and most natural way possible. They both shared the same views regarding how vines should be grown. Tom and Sally source most of their grapes from other winegrowers in the Yarra Valley, working very closely with the growers and keeping an eye on the vines. Once the grapes come through their winery’s doors, Tom and Sally really let the fruits express themselves. The Syrah they make is vinified following the Beaujolais-inspired method of carbonic maceration. As craftsmen, they choose to remain very hands-off throughout the entire process.

“With movements like the natural wine movement, which bases itself on sustainability and sustainable practices in the winery, we feel very strongly about it and it’s something we’re always conscious of with regards to every aspect of our winemaking, so the one thing that is important to me is that it gets people thinking about the wines that they’re drinking.” - Sally Belford

Location

Yarra Valley, Australia

Size

0.3 hectares

Soils

Grey loam over a deep clay base

Varieties cultivated

Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah sourced from Yarra Valley vineyards

Yields/Annual production

5,000 bottles

Farming/Winemaking

Grapes come from conventionally managed vineyards but are vinified following a non-interventionist stance