Composting: Each harvest we compost all pomace, old grape vines and other vegetative materials. They are ground and aged for a year before being spread on the vineyards to maintain on-going soil and vine health.
Cover Crops: Each fall we seed vineyard rows with cover crops such as yellow mustard, fescue, brome, and vetch, providing protection from soil erosion as well as the introduction of “green manure” for soil health.
Soil Management: Vine rootstocks are matched to specific soil types to minimize soil nutrient depletion; no-till farming is used to help the soil retain carbon and to avoid soil compaction.
Beneficial Insects, Raptors & Owls: We employ beneficial insects attracted to the variety of native wildflowers, wild mountain blackberries and other plants that are part of Mount Veeder’s natural habitat. These beneficial insects, such as wasps, praying mantises and ladybugs, prey on vineyard pests. Owl boxes and natural raptor roosts are used to control gophers and voles.
Water Conservations/Dry Farming Techniques: Careful irrigation practices allow us to control vineyard canopies which ensure small berries and concentrated flavors that yield the highest quality fruit. We allow for many vineyard blocks to be nearly dry-farmed as part of our efforts to conserve water.
Erosion Control: Each fall efforts are made to “winterize” our vineyards to prevent erosion. This involves the use of cover crops, straw mulching, installing water bars on roads and maintenance of drainage systems.