Our viticulture is entirely artisanal, natural and biodynamic. We planted our vineyards using traditional methods, especially high density planting, massale selection and old, lower yielding rootstocks as well as the Gobelet Languedocien pruning system. We only cultivate the native grape varieties of the region: Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault.
The winter season The work in our vineyards is determined by the seasons. They start in December, when the growth cycle of the vines is in hibernation. During the winter months until March the pruning of the vines is in the foreground. We practice the traditional “gobelet languedocien” pruning system, in which the vine are cut down almost to the ground. In summer, the vines form a bush and thus protect the grapes from the hot sun.
The origins of biodynamic farming Biodynamic agriculture goes back to Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). In 1924 he taught the so called “courses for farmers” to 60 farmers in Koberwitz in Germany. In his speeches which lasted six days, he pointed out a holistic view of agriculture and, based on this, recommended methods to improve farming. Since then, these methods have been refined and developed worldwide.
Harvesting period We usually start to harvest around September 10th and continue until the first week of October. The maturity periods of the five varieties we cultivate are quite different. Syrah and Cinsault grapes are always the first to mature, and it is with this those we start harvesting in September. We finish the harvest depending on the year, with Mourvèdre, Grenache and Carignan.