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Vineyard


Alkina is a 60 hectare farm with 43 hectares of planted vines. The youngest blocks were planted in 2017, while 6ha of the oldest vines were planted in the early 1950s by Les Kalleske. The original vineyard has been certified organic and biodynamic (NASAA) since 2016. In that same year we added on the neighbouring Owens Vineyard, 20ha of established vineyard that came up for sale at just the right moment. This part of the vineyard is also farmed organically and biodynamically, but it is not yet certified. We strive to produce authentic terroir wines; meaning that the grapes communicate exactly where they were grown, with clear variations being found in the fruit from vines that are just a few metres apart. Central to this endeavour is soil health and plant and microbial diversity.

We sow cover crops in every row to put nutrients back into the soil and assist with sequestering carbon in the ground. We mow under each vine row to manage the weed population and have cut out all synthetic chemicals. This allows complex ecosystems above and below ground to develop naturally and flourish. A healthy, happy vineyard should be teeming with life. It’s so far from the bare earth monoculture vineyards that have turned grape growing into an industrial pursuit.

The hills, contours and slopes of the vineyard mean many different soil types exist right next to each other. We have split the vineyard into several ‘neighbourhoods’, which each have distinct characteristics:

Old Quarter
Spice Garden
The Maze
The Narrows

Greenock Creek runs right through the heart of the farm and is a vital piece of the biodiversity puzzle, as well as being crucial to the geology of the vineyard. Vineyard areas close to the creek tend to have richer, deeper, clay-based soils, while sites on slopes and hills further from the creek are more rocky. Also the creek is home to a great diversity of insects and especially native bees. We know from a recent study that the vertical banks of the creek are crucial nesting sites for white and blue-banded bees, as well as many other important pollinators. 

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Tasting Flights

Our Tasting Room is open 11am – 5pm, Thursday to Monday and closed Tuesday and Wednesday each week.

There are three flights available to book. All come with charcuterie, cheese, bread and accompaniments. Our wines are served in Riedel Veritas Old World Syrah glassware, and are accompanied by sparkling Adelaide Hills spring water from A Rock and a Hard Place. Allow an hour for each flight.

Classic Flight ($30) - Taste the best of the 'Kin by Alkina' range as well as our flagship wine, Old Quarter.

International Flight ($50) – A selection of fine wines from Alejandro Bulgheroni Family Vineyards in Argentina, Uruguay, Italy and Australia.

Micro-Terroir Flight ($80) – Start with a glass of Champagne, followed by our three rare Polygon wines and the Old Quarter.

Or if you would like to book a table just for a glass of wine this is also possible.

Alkina complies with all COVID Safe guidelines. Please note that we operate a cash-less tasting room. We do not take payment details at booking time, unless the group is larger than 6 people. If it is a larger group please call 08 8562 8246 to arrange. More details at www.alkinawine.com