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 alleyways. The grape vines are simply another part of this ecosystem and work in conjunction with the cover crops. 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 while providing a habitat for insects. We think cover crops are an integral part of a natural ecosystem and 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 an important dynamic of regenerative agriculture and a vital part of our influence in the vineyard. In addition to natural cover cropping, we try to help 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, home made and organically sourced, compost mixed with mineral amendments.
Our family takes great pride in "eco-farming" the highest quality biologically produced grapes, reflective of our passion for natural agriculture and the health of the vineyard. The result is unparalleled, ecologically inspired wines. Be sure to stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram and visit the Apricity Vineyard blog for up to date information on the vineyard crop fertility and farming program.
A biodiverse farm system is simply 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 the environment. An array of plant species provide a habitat for a multitude of insect species, which in turn provide food for different foragers, including the vineyard Runner Ducks and chickens. All of which, provide nutrients back to the soil to continue the cycle.
Apricity Vineyard is a certified natural farm by Certified Naturally Grown. Be sure to look for this certification on all of our 2017 vintage labels. It verifies that our grapes were produced to the highest standards of regenerative farming. 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 all of our farming activities, please visit the Apricity Vineyard blog.