Grapegrowing is about understanding the rhythm of each vintage, as dictated by Mother Nature. De Vine sits on a south-facing ridgetop, with good exposure and a steady ocean breeze. Our soil is shallow clay-loam with plenty of rocks for drainage. Because we also live on the property, we farm organically, without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Organic farming is not a walk in the vineyard, so to speak. It requires a lot of hand work, hoeing rows or running a tractor-mounted weed badger instead of spraying chemicals. But to paraphrase a French saying, the best fertilizer is the boots of the grower.
To supplement our own cool-climate grapes and wines, we also work closely with select vineyards in the southern Okanagan region. A kind of meeting place between Bordeaux and Burgundy, which has provided us with beautiful Pinot Noir, Merlot, Viognier, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and even a barrel or two of Dornfelder.