Photo: Peter Schweitzer

Photo: Peter Schweitzer

Farming

Our farming philosophy is inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka.  The Organic and Bio-dynamic movements are very important, but the ethos of Masanobu Fukuoka's "natural farming" is much more elegant, and logically robust.  Alas, it is very difficult to distil the essence of its spirit succinctly! For those that are interested, we would highly recommend his seminal work "The One Straw Revolution".  We would also welcome comments and views, so do get in touch with us too. 

Wine Making

Hundreds, if not thousands of decision are made in the process of making a wine.  What not to do is as often as important as what is done.  Nebulous and cliched terms like "minimal-intervention" and "natural" are practically meaningless, for what is pertinent is judgement.  And what matters most is an aesthetic framework.

As we have yet to produce our first vintage from Oregon, we thought perhaps it would be helpful to list some benchmarks, bottles that has influence how we think about wine:   

  • Vincent Dauvissat, Les Preuses
  • Bonneau du Martray, Corton-Charlemagne
  • Domaine Leflaive, Chevalier-Montrachet
  • Larmandier Bernier, Les Chemins D'Avize
  • David Léclapart, L'Artiste
  • Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne
  • Jacques Selosse, Il Etait Une Fois
  • Tolpuddle
  • Vasse Felix, Heytesbury
  • Kumeu River, Hunting Hill
  • Domaine Huet, Le Haut-Lieu
  • Egon Müller, Scharzhofberger, Kabinett
  • Dr Bürklin-Wolf, "R"
  • Dönnhoff, Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle