Like people who strive for balanced lives, grapevines are no different, so we aim to maintain balance in our vineyards.
Our approach to growing and winemaking is based on the view that the vineyard is a complex environment where a variety of systems are constantly at work. We are always aware that we are dealing with living things that are sensitive to their environments; it is essential that plants be observed closely, left to their own growth in many respects, and helped along when necessary. Grape growing requires an intimate understanding of our vines and soils, and how both will respond to variables like climate, crop load, and sunlight- to name a few. Instruments help us by describing the environment and vine condition, but we believe there is no substitute for the discerning eye of an experienced grower.
We recognize that every element within the vineyard environment- be it soil, moisture, microbe, or temperature- is vital to the living process from which our wines originate. Balancing these elements provides a character that is uniquely expressed in our wines. It cannot be duplicated anywhere else. Careful stewardship of our land ensures that we maintain a balanced, healthy environment for the vines that results in balance and complexity in our wines.
The Way We Grow: Farming Thoughtfully at Stoneboat Vineyards
"When we're gone, our land should be better off for our having been there."
A healthy, balanced vineyard will produce superior fruit. Thoughtful farming is how we achieve this. It requires an intimate understanding of our vineyards- along with some common sense- and is based upon our view of the vineyard as a living system of interconnected parts; what we do with one part- the soil, the vines- has an effect on the others. Balancing the variables in the vineyard by encouraging biodiversity and healthy soil helps prevent undesireables like pest outbreaks and vine disease. Avoiding vineyard "sterility" by leaving heavier ground cover, bushy areas, and encouraging wildlife corridors for beneficial birds and insects contributes to this. Natural processes then do some of the work for us, so we can minimize our use of tractors, sprays and fertilizers. We have learned over decades of farming that the more we interfere in the system,the greater the likelihood that this balance will be disrupted. Thoughtful farming is also shaped by the view that our land will take care of us as long as we take care of it. Our vineyards are where we make a living, and they are also where we live- along with many other plants and critters. We are always mindful of this, and follow a "work around it" policy where areas with nests or other dwellings are flagged and left alone. Responsible stewardship of our land is vital to our well-being and the well-being of the other living things that make their homes there.
The Pursuit of Excellence at Stoneboat Pinot House
In pursuing excellence in our wines, Stoneboat Vineyards is proud to collaborate with institutions such as the University of British Columbia, by exclusively funding the direct costs of research projects that will increase industry knowledge and enhance wine quality. Stoneboat Vineyards does not fund indirect costs of research projects with institiutions such as the University of British Columbia.
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