Beckham Estate is likely the only winery in the world where the production of the terra cotta vessels for fermenting and ageing is on-site and is integrated with the farming and production of the wines.
We believe that the characteristics of any great wine are formed in the vineyard. From the beginning, the vines at Beckham Estate Vineyard have been dry-farmed. Over the years, our approach has evolved to include many principles of Bio-dynamic farming. This approach treats the vineyard as a holistic system that incorporates grazing animals and plant diversity into vineyard management. Bio-dynamics also incorporates the phases of the moon as guidelines for planting and spraying timelines.
An important aspect of our regenerative farming approach includes incorporating a large percentage of the land as a riparian zone, which is left as a natural habitat for native plants and animals. We compost all of our grape waste from the winery and integrate this plentiful raw-material back into the vineyard as fertilizer. In 2012, we stopped tilling, and only use organic and bio-dynamic sprays as necessary in the vineyard. We use only mechanical weed management, and all operations and harvest of the vines are done by hand.