Our winegrowing goal each year is to raise concentrated and highly expressive fruit. We reduce our crop to allow the vines to concentrate their energy into fewer remaining clusters. The vine canopy is thinned over numerous passes to allow sunlight penetration and air movement within the vine canopy, without over-exposing the fruit at any one time. In order to promote a living, breathing earth, we plant a variety of cover crops such as vetch, peas, clover, and oats every fall. We continue to work to reduce tillage and are working to reestablish native California grasses in the vineyard. Our cover cropping and cultivation practices work to feed our soil, encourage a healthy rhizosphere, and reduce the need for additional inputs. We maintain a variety of flowering plants along the border of the vineyard to provide habitats for beneficial bugs that prey on undesirable insects. Each plant has been carefully selected to ensure a flowering sanctuary for our hardworking insect friends throughout the growing season. We also provide nesting boxes for native birds, including bluebirds, green-winged swallows and owls that feast on insects and rodents and encourage the diversity in our vineyard.
- aggressive pruning to limit yield
- drip irrigation to fine tune canopy growth and vigor; we only irrigate as much as is minimally needed by the plant
- shoot thinning for improved spacing and balance
- sustainable biologically-based vineyard practices
- thinning post-bloom and green thinning at veraison for low yields and uniformity of ripeness
- hand picking on the harvest date selected by the winemaker; cool mornings for the whites and warm mid-day temperatures for the reds