The Akarua vineyard will begin its conversion to organic winemaking for its 2023 vintage, with a view to holding certification in time for the 2026 vintage. A further challenge for this vineyard, surrounded by mountains and subject to an extreme climate.
This precision viticulture will optimise the management of both the resources and the grapevines. In particular, this will require installing an underground irrigation system, which will save water and imitate the effect of rainfall to better hydrate the soil deeper down; sowing legumes and flowers between the rows to retain water and create the carbon chains necessary for organic life and for remineralization of the substrate; and, lastly, promoting biodiversity in the vineyard.
These wide-ranging methods have already been successfully used in Rimapere and will be adapted to the unique features of the Akarua vineyard, where the plant material, gradually renewed by uprooting, replanting and top grafting, will undergo regeneration as a result. The beginning of a journey to reinvigorate the land and improve the soil for generations to come.