Land

Great wines of place both encompass historical origins and reflect their present surroundings. From ancient mother rock to seasonal wildflowers, the land informs every aspect of winegrowing. We take a holistic approach in our care to achieve the most natural and harmonious state possible. We seek to find balance in the chaos and the aliveness of a wild, natural landscape.

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Farming the Savannah Ridge

A dynamic stewardship approach composed of organic farming, polyculture, and conservation is embraced as a means to navigate the growing season and increase biodiversity. Aiming to provide the vines with as much of a rich, complex, balanced and resilient environment as we can, we farm with the whole ecosystem in mind, watching its constitutive elements and gently supporting their interactions.

We adhere to organic farming principles, techniques and inputs, foregoing the use of herbicides, including Glyphosate, and pesticides. Only certified organic material and Biodynamic preparations are used to manage seasonal pressures and nutrition.

Polyculture is employed as a means to diversify the overall farm system. From grapevines to heirloom wheat to pollinator corridors, rainwater catchment and native habitat.

“There is another element of terroir – the human element. It is a sense of pride and accountability for how we interact within the vineyard. It is also the cultural identity and values that connect us in community and transcend the boundaries of the land.” 

-Heath Payne, Viticulturist

Environmental Adaptations

Water is scarce on the Savannah Ridge and dry farming is a matter of necessity. The practice allows us to explore other ways of addressing both the needs of the vines and soil, ultimately providing a more transparent expression of site. We apply no-till farming to aid in the diversity of cover crops, which enhances the regenerative process by balancing nitrogen,  increasing and maintaining soil humidity and redox, providing habitat for a wonderfully complex microbiome, which in turn promotes an efficient nutrient cycle.  Regular compost tea applications further enhance the soil microbiome. We take from the soil only what is needed, when it is needed. 

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