Vineyard

We believe that great wine is made in the vineyard and that work done in the winery may only realise the potential at harvest, not increase it.

We are inspected by DEMETER every year to insure all cultural practices in the vineyard go above and beyond organic standards in line with the full Biodynamic accreditation achieved in 2013.

Grapes at Ancre Hill Estate Vineyard, MonmouthGreat care and attention is paid in applying the biodynamic preparations to the vineyard. These are stirred by hand, in rain water and sprayed strictly under the correct conditions. Only with this level of detail and personal involvement can biodynamic practices allow our vines to find the balance of life forces necessary for healthy growth and quality of production.

Geneva Double Curtain trellising system, Ancre Hill Estate Vineyard Monmouthshire

Geneva Double Curtain trellising system

We also employ a regular spray programme based on organic and biodynamic principles. The use of sulphur and copper, necessary in certain years, is kept to a minimum with the addition of wild plant tisanes made here on the estate. Insecticides and herbicides are not used at all, with weeds ploughed out from under the vines. The size of plantings at present is only 4 hectares which allows us the time to practice detailed canopy management, maximising air flow through the canopy and sun and light exposure to suit the season. This is further assisted by our Geneva Double Curtain trellising system designed for cooler climates.

A programme of cultivation provides the soil with aeration necessary for the development of a healthy micro-organism population, negating the need for petro-chemical fertilisers.

Co-plantation and the promotion of wild flora and fauna help maintain the balance of our eco-system and soils.