Our Philosophy is to make wine that respects the site and expresses the sites personality to its fullest potential. We make wines that are Vins de Terroir. This leads our approach to the vineyard management.
The basic principle is that we respect the site and our soils. The biodynamic philosophy helps us to look at the site as a whole and to manage the site in a rational way. This starts with the layout of the vineyard. The blocks are sized to fit the contour and make the most of each aspect. They are kept small so each block is easily managed and retains its feel and character.
We encourage biodiversity in the vineyard through companion planting as well as planting native trees for shelter and aesthetic reasons. The use of compost and the Biodynamic preparations are essential. Well prepared compost acts as a large bioreactor producing a vast number of beneficial soil micro-organisms. These are mainly fungi and bacteria. When the compost is spread in the vineyard not only is it providing a supply of nutrients but more importantly it is inoculating the soil with large numbers of soil organisms.
These are vital as they help transform micro nutrients and make them available to the vines.
The biodynamic preparations such as the preparation 500, 501 act in a similar way. The mode of production selects then multiplies beneficial organisms through providing certain growth conditions. These organisms are then spread throughout the vineyard as a further inoculum.