Our estate vineyards—Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge, and Les Collines—produce some of the most sought-after grapes in the state. Within these vineyards we dedicate ourselves to being stewards of the land and are leaders in the practices of sustainable agriculture. Here is a look at some of the practices we are currently implementing within the vineyards:
- Applying compost tea through drip irrigation systems to restore fungal and microbial components to the soil and feeding the tea with molasses via the drip systems. The compost tea contains living organisms and thus needs to be fed in order to stay alive!
- Using drip irrigation and buried soil-moisture monitors to ensure we do not waste water by irrigating below the roots of the vines.
- Adding compost to the soil to restore the soil humus.
- Leaving some ground cover un-mowed to preserve the habitat for beneficial insects.
- Planting wild roses and leaving blackberries where they exist to provide winter habitat for a parasitic wasp that attacks leafhoppers.
- Utilizing organic products such as sulfur and liquid fish oil to replace hard chemicals that control powdery mildew.