In 2005, with soil expert Stan Kadota and vineyard manager Francisco Ramirez we created our own vineyard team. One of our main tenets is our sustainable approach. We have an uncompromising commitment to quality, supporting our farming team, and their decisions. Our choices are based on what nurtures the soil, vines and the fruit. We have been practicing these methods for over a decade.
The team uses a complex cover cropping that is full of nitrogen rich plants and legumes. These plants aid in adding biomass to the stark marine based soils. Natural minerals and oils from the Manhaden fish are applied to further nurture the soil and elevate overall plant health. The goal is to increase the cation exchange capacity of our soils. We carefully employ these methods row by row, block by block in each microclimate so the vines have access to the nutrition they need during the growing season. Our dedicated vineyard team led by Stan and Francisco continue their careful stewardship all year long.