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Organic?

In order to maximize the health of the soil and respect the environment we farm the vines using no chemical pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. Sulphur and occasionally copper form the basis of our protection against fungal disease. We’ve recently been experimenting with extract of orange oil which works well. Treatments at the beginning of the season are done by hand, moving to a tractor, when the leaf canopy is denser. Leaf plucking, palissage (canopy management) are all done by hand too. Weeds are kept down by ploughing between rows and hand weeding or strimming between vines. We use sexual confusion to combat the grape vine moth so there is no need to spray insecticides.

 

Soil structure is improved by ploughing in organic cow manure and guano. In some years a cover crop of oats is sown in winter and then ploughed into the soil in spring to provide bulk and organic matter.

 

We practice organic viticulture but we do not have organic certification yet. We’ve applied for certification through Ecocert and should be officially organic from the 2022 vintage.

 

See our blog post for exactly what we put on our vineyards.