Three centuries of wine making
Two core farming activities
The growing of grapes and wine making is made possible by farm operations. One manager is responsible for all other functions like implements, fencing, irrigation, maintenance, security, roads, livestock and other operational duties. The other, the wine maker, is responsible for growing grapes and making wine.
Where to plant - or not
Before planting, soil, climate and other analyses are done to determine the best soil for the different grape cultivars. That is working in harmony with nature. All areas that are not suitable or ideally suitable for growing grapes are used for other farms needs such as grazing or simply natural areas. At VL blocks for the different cultivars have been determined and marked.
- New vines are planted in the spring.
- In existing vineyards there is thinning and suckering.
- Weak, sick or poorly located wine shoots are removed so that healthy shoots can develop fully.
- The shoots are correctly placed on to the support trellises.
- The budding in spring gives an indication of the expected production and the quality potential.