To make an exceptional wine you need exceptional fruit. To grow that we need to encourage our vines to produce grapes of exceptional ripeness and quality, grapes which are a true expression of our vineyard and vintage.
That's why we are certified organic, converting to be biodynamic and follow regenerative agriculture practices in managing our vineyard.
Our wines are natural, meaning we don't add anything to the end product either!
At the heart of the vineyard is the soil. A healthy soil, which is teeming with a complex array of life is our goal. This will ensure our vines are able to take up the nutrients they need, fight disease and pests more effectively and reach their maximum potential.
We want to protect our soil and build it over time.
We need to build up the quality of our soil, reduce chemical inputs to an absolute minimum and bring life into our vineyard. When we get the conditions right an ecosystem can flourish below ground and above it.
But it will take a long time, years or even decades to accomplish this.
We are following regenerative agricultural practices to do this, going back to the old ways of agriculture, working with our environment.
We aren't following conventional farming techniques. Especially in viticulture in England this makes it much much harder, because it's going against the grain, and few vineyards have been following organic or regenerative practices for long. We face a risk of lower yields or even losing our crop in the initial years as we learn and develop our vineyard.
We hope to reach an equilibrium in the end, where we will have met our goals of a minimal intervention site that supports a wider ecosystem, healthy, strong vines, and a positive impact on our planet.
Until then it will be a challenging journey, with the prospect of an amazing destination at the end!