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LIME ROCK and sustainability

Vineyard management philosophy

Our vineyard management is based on minimal disturbance to the soils to preserve natural biological processes and site complexity.  Read more about our minimal disturbance practices here.

Bio-diversity and ecology is a field Rodger has worked in for over 20 years in Australia (Masters degree). We have invented a new word that combines viticulture and ecology - Vit-Ecology.

In 'Rodger speak':
Chaos in the plant under-story encourages a diverse habitat that allows predatory insects to thrive in suitable niches and provides a base for them to prey on other insects that can cause problems for grape production; eg leaf-roller caterpillars and mealy bug.

In 'Rosie speak':
Rather than a vineyard clean of weeds, we let some weeds grow.  This gives food and a home to the good insects that kill the bad insects.

Plantings of perennial plants around the cellar door provide winter habitat, shelter, nectar and breeding sites for these beneficial insects. The diversity is rich, with many species of spiders lurking under the vines.

Corridors of flowering annuals connect with these perennials to provide routes for beneficial insects to migrate into the vineyard.

Flowering plants attract beneficial insects

Flowering plants attract beneficial insects

Spiders are natural predators

Spiders are natural predators