Our farming practices promote our sustainability philosophy. There are several actions we take to care for our soil and minimize water-usage. First, we till minimally to reduces soil erosion. Second, we apply compost to improve soil health and nutrition, reduce soil evaporation, and ultimately help vine balance and wine quality. Third, we use soil-moisture monitoring equipment to prevent unnecessary water usage. Fourth, we utilize drip irrigation to reduce water use and evaporation.
Beyond our soils, we focus on habitat protection and provide refuge for various species in order to sustain a balanced ecosystem and provide additional pest control. We also tailor cover crop programs to attract beneficial insects and increase organic matter and natural fertilizers, and, through integrated pest management systems, we promote healthy vineyard environments by protecting beneficial insects. By modifying our the trellis system to allow sunlight through the canopy of the vines and increased air movement, we can support even ripening and create a microclimate less conducive to pests and disease. When we do have to apply treatments, we adhere to stringent regulations concerning substances that are applied to our vineyards and what is safe for our vineyard staff to use.