The Tomich family hails from the Adriatic Coast in Croatia where winemaking is a way of life. Jack Tomich Senior arrived in Australia in 1903 bringing with him all of the grape growing and winemaking skills of his forefathers.
The family had always made their own wine for home use and grew sultanas and wine grapes after moving to the new irrigation settlement of Mildura in 1936. Jack’s son Ivan showed a real passion for wine, and by 1946 was producing wine and selling it to local farmers. 3 generations of grape growers and winemakers later, the Tomich family now owns one of the best sites in the Adelaide Hills and had kept its ancestral way of softly farming the land and is pushing for sustainable growing practices
Tomich Wines is dedicated to sustainable wine growing with a multitude of environmental practices that have been implemented in and around the family vineyard at Woodside.
Farmed with sustainable practices, our vineyard has seen pioneer initiatives as well as traditionally environmental methods:
- Integral to our vineyard management is the grazing of 700 lambs throughout the year, mowing and fertilizing the land
- Continued removal of exotic trees and weeds from the banks of the Onkaparinga River and re-vegetation with native species such as River Red Gum and Sandalwood (over 2000 trees planted over the last 3 years).
- Use of designated areas that are specifically not grazed to retain our notable 400 years old gum trees
- Soil improvements are made by using nature’s own fertilizer: compost, sea kelp and cow manure. The mid-rows are sown to a diverse natural sward made of native grasses (rye grass, clover and legumes) that mulch into the soil and improve nitrogen.
- Providing wildlife habitats on the vineyard and encouraging biodiversity
- We apply very limited chemicals to the vineyard to retain insects and mites, and ensure the beneficial species’ activity (spiders, bees and worms) are monitored as a biological indicator.
These practices also put more flavour into the fruit. We do all the work ourselves and have committed to excellence in vine balance and vineyard health.
We are continually improving farming practices to ensure that more environmentally sound and economically viable methods are implemented. Multi function tractor passes reduce fuel usage by up to 30%. Tomich Wines proactively monitors the latest in sustainable farming practices and make improvements to the vineyard program so that the highest of industry standards are met.
The Tomich Family is a coming together of John Tomich’s family, vine growers from Mildura since 1934 and Victoria Tomich’s family, vegetable growers and bee keepers since the 40’s.
The bee symbolizes the continuity of the family tradition and being at one with nature. We are true believers of sustainable viticulture over the years. Healthy bees (and spiders) are the measure of a healthy vineyard.
The bee plays a vital role in the eco-system and represents the environmentally sensitive “farming softly” approach to vineyard management.
The Tomich Family has been developing and managing Eucalyptus forests near Coonawarra, South Australia since 1998. The carbon credits from 200 acres of mature eucalypts in the Hundred of Coles, next to Coonawarra are dedicated to offsetting Tomich Wines carbon emissions.
With such strong vineyard ethics and passion, Tomich Wines are a true reflection of the great achievements from their farming history, knowledge and respect for the land. The Tomich family tenets of innovation, planning and commitment have produced a sustainable Adelaide Hills vineyard, with passion flowing from land to wine glass.