End of an era

Botobolar (pictured) began 48 years ago as an experiment by former journalist Gil Wahlquist and his wife Vincie. (Photo: Botobolar Wines)

Kevin and Trina Karstrom have retired after 25 years at the pioneering organic vineyard, Botobolar in Mudgee.

It was one of the very first organic vineyards, and helped pave the way for the organic movement that has swept Australia in recent years.

Botobolar began 48 years ago as an experiment by former journalist Gil Wahlquist and his wife Vincie. It was one of the very first organic vineyards, and helped pave the way for the organic movement that has swept Australia in recent years.

Part of the Botobolar philosophy was no irrigation, and the declining rainfall and increasingly frequent droughts added to the list of difficulties of producing wine from a single boutique vineyard. As well, the Karstroms are not getting any younger. The end result is that the property was sold and the vines removed. There will be no more Botobolar wine.

It’s the end of an era.

In thanking his loyal customers of the past quarter-century, and offering some of his final wines for sale, Kevin has penned a short essay on his thoughts and feelings at the end of his 25 years at Botobolar.

Click here to read the essay.

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