Jess and James created A.R.C. Wines to be in touch with nature, work the land and live within their means. After three years of sourcing fruit from a selection of Victorian vineyards, the change from inner-city to their farm in Ferndale has proved to be a blessing as they settle into the sequence of seasonal vintages.
Starting their wine label after identifying a gap in the Australian wine market, Konpira Maru has taken little time to develop a reputation for exciting, varied releases. With a focus on accessible price points, their tagline of "minimal intervention, maximum care" is reflected not just in the wine, but how they work and who they work with.
As smaller producers begin winemaking or scale back from extensive vineyards, they find themselves eager to push boundaries. In the Southern Highlands of NSW, the Zafirakos family has been producing wines with a sustainable, patient approach since the 1980s.