Our Organic & Sustainability Practices
Respect and care for the soil and vines is a philosophy that we choose to follow
Embarking on the conversion of our vineyards to organic status in the mid-2000’s, we continue to incorporate bio-dynamic principles in all facets of our operations. We are continually learning from our plants and surroundings, responding to their way to care for them.
We plant specific soil-nourishing plants between rows to naturally feed the ground. Plants such as phacelia, buckwheat, yarrow, and sunflowers while clover provides oxygen for the soil. Organically approved sulphur spray can be used on the vines but must be limited to no more than 5kg per hectare. Seaweed is used for fertilization, and we of course continually compost all our waste, down to our paper products. Bees are great at clearing damaged grapes (they eat the sugar) while wasps eat any mealy bugs that might appear.
Most of our vines are pruned to only 2 canes which keeps the yield down but ensures quality fruit. We use late pruning and low grass levels to help frost protection.
Then we have our furry team members; our lady sheep who help fertilize and provide weed maintenance, and Emma and fellow cow friends who give additional fertilizer and one of the biodynamic components.
To us it just makes sense.