Benoit Pineau, our winemaker, directs all aspects of vineyard management and wine production. He has broad education and experience in the field having degrees in oenology from Blanquefort in Bordeaux and viticulture and oenology from the University of Toulouse. His extensive cellar experience includes work in France, Australia, California and Virginia.
Our goal in the vineyards is to produce the highest quality of fruit. It is accomplished by a small but accomplished crew whose work extends throughout the entire year. In early winter they prune by hand most of the old growth. They also prepare sites where new or replacement vines will be planted. Following bud break in the spring there are continual passes through the vineyards, leaf pulling, managing the canopy, spraying and adjusting crop load to improve quality . Beginning in August or early September all hands are engaged for an intense 6 – 8 weeks of harvest. 100 tons of grapes will be hand harvested and transported for the next part of their journey – to your glass.