Apricity Vineyard is a charming boutique, family farmed vineyard, planted in 2014 on what was then a horse pasture and hay fields. These hay fields are still very much a feature of the vineyard as every Spring the rows are painted in the greens of clovers, Timothy, and fescue grasses. Located in the northwest tip of the Applegate Valley AVA, the vineyard enjoys the benefits of long summer days and the last warmth of the sun as it sets in the valley. With only 8.5 acres of planted vines, the small scale allows us to dedicate unlimited attention to every aspect of vineyard maintenance throughout the year. Each vine is hand maintained and cared for.
The vineyard is planted in 4 acres of Tempranillo, the vineyards main crop. Tempranillo means "early" in Spanish and usually lives up to its name as the grapes ripen several weeks earlier than most other red varietals. The remaining 4.5 acres are planted in Viognier, Primitivo, Syrah Noir, Petite Sirah and Chardonnay. All of which are produced into fine estate wines.
Our commitment to promoting sustainability and diversity comes from an understanding that farming based on the principles and practices of a regenerative, sustaining, and diverse production system is not only the best way to produce a crop, but the best for the vineyard ecosystem and environment also. This is the basis of ecological agriculture and our farming model.
One of the most important things we can do is encourage natures cover crop process. A natural feature of the vineyard, due to being planted in a hay field, is the diversity of previously planted and volunteer grasses, clovers, and wild flowers that grow throughout the vineyard rows. The grape vines are simply another part of this ecosystem and work in conjunction with cover crop systems. These grasses provide a natural alleyway floorcovering, protecting the soil for much of the year, and are allowed to reseed naturally. They provide the soil biology with carbon and nitrogen, and help choke out noxious weeds. They also provide a habitat for beneficial insects. We think cover crops are a farmers best friend.
"Weed" growth along the vine rows is controlled through mechanical cultivation using a finger weeder, which loosens the soil, while it aerates and weeds. Mechanical row crop cultivation eliminates the need for chemical herbicides and allows us to efficiently maintain the vine rows.
Instead of using synthetic chemical pesticides or fungicides, we feed the foliage with nutrients designed to stimulate the vines natural protective response against pest and fungal invasion. In addition to foliar nutrition, we incorporate best management practices including trimming, thinning, and trellis caning to maintain proper ventilation through the vineyard.
Soil fertility is one of the most important dynamics we can influence in the vineyard. In addition to natural cover cropping, we nurture the soil based on its needs, utilizing a macro and micro mineral and trace and ultra trace element amendment plan, which is designed to promote microbiology, organic matter, biodiversity, and root health. The rows are fertilized with nutrient dense organically sourced compost mixed with mineral amendments.
Our family is committed to providing the best possible ecologically produced grapes. We are confident that our grapes and ultimately, wine, reflect our passion for farming and the health of the vineyard. Be sure to stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram and visit the Apricity Vineyard blog for all up to date information on the vineyard crop fertility and farming program.
Monocultures are hard to find in nature. A biodiverse farm system is really just the natural result of encouraging life. By eliminating inputs that are designed to kill everything but a single crop, we can help promote the living organisms that naturally want to thrive in our environment. Diversity of life strengthens and protects the bond between all of the living organisms in the vineyard.
Apricity Vineyard is a certified sustainable farm by Certified Naturally Grown. We are proud to offer an ecologically sustainable and healthy family farmed product. To learn more about what this means for the vineyard, please visit the Certified Naturally Grown website here, and be sure to check out our farm profile page. For more information on why we chose to partner with and support this grassroots initiative and to stay up to date with our farming activities please visit the Apricity Vineyard blog and stay connected with us on our Facebook and Instagram pages.