We think our Wildcat Mountain Vineyard is a pretty amazing place, and we take our role as the stewards of this remarkable piece of land (and its native population of eagles, barn owls, hawks and bobcats) quite seriously. To maintain the integrity of Wildcat’s rustic grandeur, we have committed ourselves to farming it using sustainable practices. Simply put, this means utilizing more earth-friendly methods to naturally replenish elements in the vineyard that are taken out for winemaking. This includes the use of seeds, stems and skins left over from the winemaking process, which are composted and returned to the soil. In addition, cover crops are grown to build soil health. Few synthetic fertilizers are applied, and organic sulfur generally serves as Wildcat’s only protection from the damp fog. All of this helps to keep Wildcat Mountain Vineyard natural and beautiful. We also think it makes for great wines!
As an extension of this philosophy, we work hard to partner with vineyards that also practice sustainable farming methods. In addition to working with growers that employ a more chemical-free approach to viticulture, we also emphasize maintaining good crop levels with balanced vines, uncrowded canopies and good light exposure.