We take our role of custodian of this land seriously and in many and varied ways we constantly strive to conserve its unique gifts. Our guiding principle in everything we do here is to leave the environment in a better state.
Preventative disease management
We rely on canopy management to prevent the outbreak of disease. We do this through cane pruning for light crops and positioning the canopy to optimize airflow and light penetration. We also use Sulphur to protect the vines from powdery mildew. Sulphur is a natural product and is accepted in organic production.
We use a system of Integrated Pest Management. This is a holistic approach that requires advanced understanding of the pest and its lifecycle. It promotes control options that avoid the use of synthetic chemicals and instead encourages timely application of alternative control measures.
Due to the cool climate we only apply irrigation when it is needed to keep the vine canopy functioning. We use soil moisture monitoring technology to prevent water wastage without jeopardising the vine health through underwatering. This tells us how much moisture the soil is holding and how quickly it is depleting.
Our soils are ancient and therefore fragile. In order to conserve their integrity we sow permanent grasses which are maintained by slashing. Grasses encourage nutrient recycling, organic matter production, and biological activity. In turn this preserves soil texture and protects the soils from compaction, slaking and erosion.
Vineyards are monocultures and can interfere with local ecosystems if they are not properly managed. We care for a large and diverse landscape and our aim is to continually increase the range and habitat of flora and fauna on our property. A significant proportion of our land is native forest and we have added to that habitat by planting ‘nature corridors’ around the property. We are also creating ‘billabongs’ in the riparian zones of the property to enhance our aquatic habitats. Closer to the vineyard we have planted small native flowering plants that attract beneficial insect predators, again increasing the biodiversity of the property and at the same time assisting with pest management.
We have been practicing ‘Sustainable Production’ for 40 years as we believe that sustainable farming principles produce healthier soils, more balanced grapes and better quality wines. We strongly believe that our responsibility to the land is what matters the most.