Our vineyards are dry farmed which means we don’t irrigate our vines. It is a practice that relies on natural annual rainfall to grow our grapes. There are two very important reasons why we dry farm, the first is water conservation, we aim to be a water-friendly winery and the second is grape quality.
We head train our vines and they are planted with sufficient space to get all the moisture they can and so they don’t compete for water. Our root stock is also chosen to seek moisture deep within the soil.
By dry farming our grapes we believe it makes for more interesting wines with more minerals and earthy content. The grapes grown by dry farming are smaller and the skins are thicker and since a major part of varietal character is in the skin, we get more intense fruit characteristics in our wine.
Dry farming, especially in California, is a challenge because every year is going to be different, according to the weather and rainfall. If you have a wet year you’ll have more grapes with less character, but with dry years you will have more concentrated flavour.