Putting it simply, we return to traditional viticultural practices abandoned decades ago. The elimination of synthesised chemical interventions is merely the start of our journey. Our credo is based on our close relationship with the land and the know-how of our forefathers.
Being organic means more time spent in the vineyard: labouring the soil under the vines, and nurturing organic matter; planting cover crops which can then be ploughed into the soils to add nutrients; pruning carefully for healthy, strong vinestocks which protect themselves and produce good fruit.
Modern science also has important contributions to organic methods. As well as equipment, for example, we use sexual confusion diffusers to combat several species of vine moths. In the winery, we work with naturally-occurring indigenous yeasts and keep sulphur levels low.
We have a small olive grove, and occasional beehives. Maintaining the ancient walls and tracks, we see a rich biodiversity flourishing around the vines. The woodland ‘garrigue' teams with life. As well as insects, it offers aromatic herbs, wild garlic and asparagus in springtime.
Our Organic certification dates from the 2018 harvest.