Driven largely by the ignorance and hubris of youth but also motivated by more humble and sensible motives we first planted vines in 1990. This comprised 7 varieties on 3 acres as an experiment ,seeking guidance for varietal selection in this cold marginal climate.

With limited direct experience and relying on industry best practice and advice we achieved the rare outcome of doing almost everything badly. With time we learnt that low density plantings in wide rows with high trellis was spectacularly unsuccessful in our terroir and so we adapted to our now uniform layout of closely spaced rows, closely spaced vines and low trellis to take advantage of the summer warmth. Having success with Pinot Noir, Riesling, Semillon and Syrah these plantings were extended with small additions of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

We began using herbicide for the weed control, so important in a young vineyard. The problems this produced with resistant weed selection and sterile dead soil quickly became apparent ,to say nothing of the discomfort the use of this produced in the users and so we moved to an organic system of farming with cultivation for weed control.Thus began a long journey of discovery.

Learning how to use ploughing in a vineyard for weed control seems a small thing but in a country where it was no longer practiced and equipment not easily available it presented a huge challenge. Learning how to solve the problems of viticulture creatively from our own resources rather than seeking a chemical fix was no less a problem, though one more of attitude, requiring that change in unconscious mindset from regarding nature as a blind potentially malicious force to recognising her as the ultimately organised interrelated expression of the life we all share. Along this path it became apparent the organic approach was only ever an incomplete answer to the challenge of farming without chemicals and after the good fortune of learning of and researching the biodynamic method as developed by Alex Podolinsky, we began to practice this method in 1999.

We now farm 20 acres in the Hochkirch vineyard, comprising 11 acres Pinot Noir, 3 acres of Syrah ,4 acres of Riesling, 1.5 acres Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc, and half an acre of Chardonnay. We also farm 5 acres in our Tarrington vineyard, 2 acres of Chardonnay and 3 of Pinot Noir. All vines are dry grown, hand pruned and harvested by hand.