Our stewardship extends to the vine and ultimately, what consumers are putting into their bodies when drinking our wines.
We farm for low yielding crops, providing our end client Little Engine Wines with wines that reveal concentrated flavours, but this also helps in reducing the need for spays. We typically drop about 40%-50% of our grapes, this happens throughout the growing season. This process allows the vines to focus their energy on ripening the remaining fruit. Lower yields, combined with thoughtful canopy management encourages airflow which decreases the risk of mildew and other fungal growth. Naturally arid; the risk of mildew and rot is low in the Valley, and we use organic sprays to assist in our vine management. Watering is done via drip irrigation, targeting water to the root system is the most effective way of water sustainability. Our Winemaking and Viticulture Teams proactively plan watering times for physiological vine growth, ensuring the use of this resource is fully optimized.