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 converting to become organic certified and will follow regenerative agriculture practices in managing our vineyard.
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 ecosytem can flourish below ground and above it.
But it will take a long time, years or even decades to accompalish 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 few vineyards have been following organic or regenerative practices for long. We face a higher 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 vineyard that supports a wider ecosytem.
Until then it will be a challenging journey, with the chance of an amazing destination at the end!