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Ancre Hill Estates

Ancre Hill Estates

The 12 hectares of vines at Ancre Hill Estates are inspected by DEMETER every year to ensure all cultural practices in the Vineyard go above and beyond Organic standards in line with the full Biodynamic accreditation achieved in 2014. Great care and attention is paid in applying the Biodynamic preparations to the Vineyard. These are stirred by hand, in rain water and sprayed strictly under the correct conditions. Only with this level of detail and personal involvement can Biodynamic practices allow the vines to find the balance of life forces necessary for healthy growth and quality of production. A regular spray programme based on Organic and Biodynamic principles is employed. The use of sulphur is kept to a minimum with the addition of wild plant Tisanes made on the Estate. Insecticides, Pesticides and Herbicides are not used at all, with weeds ploughed out from under the vines. Extensive canopy management is practiced, maximising air flow through the canopy and sun and light exposure to suit the season. This is further assisted by the Geneva Double Curtain trellising system designed for cooler climates. A programme of cultivation provides the soil with aeration necessary for the development of a healthy micro-organism population, negating the need for petro-chemical fertilisers. Co-plantation and the promotion of wild flora and fauna help maintain the balance of the eco-system and soils at the E