The job of the vin-grower at our estate is to sustain our vines throughout the wole of the year, so that at harvest time they will produces grapes that are the perfect expression of our vineyars terroir.
To achiev this, we make sure our vines have soils with a microbial life and that the soil's balance s maintained and their natural losses compensated.
Protecting the health of our vines from diseases is essential, and we do this through the use of modern precision equipement. The high standards we set in our vine-growing and the meticulous nature of the tasks mean that most of the work in our vines is done by hand.
From the moment the first vines start thier budding right up to the picking of the grapes, a full programme of vine canopy management work is carefully carred out to ensure healthy vines and to enhance ripening. This included de-suckering, shoot-thinning, fruit selectionand ventilation of the bunches.
Our soils are ploughed and maintained free of weeds directly below the vine canopy to ensure a good vine rooting system and to optimize the vine plant's interchange with its soil. We grow a natural grass cover crop in the middle of the rows to ensure the ground remains firm and to enable it to bear any heavy loads.
Finally our harvest is done over an averageperiod of two weeks. Every year, the picking is staggered to fit in with the ripening of each individual plot area.
Working the vines requires a constant questioning of how each task can be best performed. However, this gift from Mother Nature counts for nothing witout the skill and application of our vineyard team.