The Viticulture team have been busy preparing our vineyards for the coming Vintage as they turn their attention to under-vine weeding and composting.
Scenes from the Home Vineyard below detail mechanical under-vine weeding, a process that helps to eliminate undergrowth competing for nutrients and incorporate organic matter into the soil.
The team have been turning compost, a mix of leftover grape marc, cow manure and woodchips to ensure aeration so that material can break down quickly and evenly. Turning over compost also acts as a way to control the temperature so that vital microbes do not burn out. This high-value compost is then applied to weaker areas to deliver nutrients that help strengthen struggling vines ahead of Vintage. It also acts as a mulch helping soil retain moisture in the warmer months.
After a cooler Spring, the vines have been enjoying the sunshine over the last weeks, timed beautifully to help with their development. Keep scrolling for more highlights.