Polperro Wines evoke true sense of place due to Sam’s dedication to organic and biodynamic grape growing principles and his surrendering to the region’s cool climate capacity for boundless generosity. But just as importantly, Polperro Winery, with its 10.1ha of ancient undulating energetic vistas and north facing ‘dry growing’ vineyards exemplifies the sacredness of green wedge living and producing. There is nowhere quite like the Mornington Peninsula for green wedge subsisting and Sam knows it.
He explains: “Protecting the Mornington Peninsula’s green wedge is incredibly important to me. My wife Emma and I see ourselves as having a big responsibility to protect this land and maintain its agricultural and ‘natural’ capacity for future generations. That means we need to be successful in our wine making, so we can continue to ensure the Peninsula’s green wedge exists. You’ve got to have all your ducks in a row when running a winery and have a multi-faceted business directive. I had already launched my first wine label Even Keel when we moved to the Mornington Peninsula in 2008. The vineyard was run down and it has taken years to receive organic certification, but the land here has always had a definite personality, a distinct minerality and we intend to look after it.”
The ocean plays a big part in Sam’s life and it's this ‘riding’ of the unstoppable climatic currents that acts as a metaphor for such fine grape growing.
It is also the fluid shifting force that connects him to the winery’s namesake Polperro; a village with a fishing harbour in southern Cornwall in the UK where family ties entwine. Polperro in the UK was the first importer of Polperro Wines from the Mornington Peninsula.
“We specialise in pinot noir, pinot gris and chardonnay, and manage and own eight vineyards. Three of those are used to create our single vineyard wines Landaviddy Lane, Mill Hill and Talland Hill which are streets in Polperro in the UK. Both Emma and I have family there. Our focus on soil health, organic composting and science-based practices are vital in maintaining the quality of our wine and the quality of the land for an environmentally and sustainably sound future,” Sam continues.
The wine making path is not clearly defined and that’s how Sam likes it. But it is, in his words “the perfect blend of agriculture, art, people and science.” A harmonious, environmental association which must be preserved. Naturally.