respect and responsibility

Our farm is a real one, born of our deepest convictions. These have been our guiding force in creating and consolidating the future, not just of our winery and estate, but of our family itself. Marketing cannot influence our priorities, nor can fashion.

We feel the call to operate in line with a wide range of responsibilities:
We are environmentally responsible. We want our farming practices to be respectful of nature, limiting any impact on the fauna and natural flora of the vineyard to a minimum, avoiding fertilizers and drastically reducing all pesticide spraying, using only low-impact or neutral products.
We act responsibly towards all the people who work in our vineyards, as well as those who live nearby. Their health must not be jeopardized.
We are responsible towards those who distribute our wine, who trust us to make it good and authentic.
We are responsible towards those who enjoy our wine, who are convinced it is healthy and wholesome.
We are responsible towards our children. We owe all this to them and it is our duty to teach it to them.

So we can proudly show all our vineyards to you. Here, biodiversity is not just a buzzword – it’s a hard fact: dozens of different species – plants, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, as well as mushrooms and bacteria that live in the ground – truthfully testify to the health of our vineyards. After 24 years of permanent grassing, periodical use of green manure and only very occasional use of animal manure, the topsoil that feeds our vines contains a highly active microflora This ensures ideal fertility and turns crop residues into water-retaining humus, which plays a key role in the summer as irrigation is strictly forbidden in this part of the world.

We are not going to post romantic pictures of horses and carts bringing in the harvest, nor will you see us on TV harvesting in the moonlight. We do not pride ourselves on often hazy organic farming certifications. We will not pose hugging goats, or in rubber boots and check shirts. This is not our philosophy. We do not want to sell our wine like this – we want transparency, constant quality, correct dealing.

If you want to talk about ancient or modern winemaking, we’ll be more than happy to discuss them with you, but we will not use them as mere marketing tools. We use sulphites cautiously, adopting carefully calibrated dispensers that inject only a minimum directly into the bottle, thus reducing the total sulphite content in the wine to between 30 and 110 ppm, depending on the wine in hand. This is between 15 to 55% of the maximum legal content. Bear in mind that the yeasts in the wine will of themselves produce 15 to 60 ppm. In other words, a wine without added sulphites may contain more than a conventional product. Also, instead of sulphites, some winemakers add other non-natural products to obtain the same result. A technique in itself cannot define the healthiness of a wine. It is the willingness of the winemaker to use it sensibly that makes the difference.

Furthermore, in an effort to be transparent at all costs, we do not adjust the wine before bottling with massive amounts of tannins, concentrated must or gum arabic.