Organic Winegrowing & Viticulture
Organic growers aim to produce wines that are true to the earth, no synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides are used. Instead organic producers are careful co-creators with nature.
It relies on fertilizers of organic origin such as compost manure, green manure, and bone meal and places emphasis on techniques such as companion planting. Biological pest control, mixed cover cropping and fostering of insect predators are encouraged. In general, organic standards are designed to allow the use of naturally occurring substances.
Natural winemaking is a style of winemaking that can be applied to any wine. It is loosely defined as using native yeasts in the fermentation process and minimal or no sulfur dioxide in the winemaking process.- Wikipedia
The Cottrill’s have chosen to use the labor intensive Geneva Double Curtain trellis that aids in exposing the fruit to the intense Similkameen sunshine. Being Certified Organic they allow nature to speak through the terroir to produce naturally intense flavoured grapes and wines while respecting the soil and environment around them.
The gravelly loam soil ensures the vines struggle and encourages them to produce very small yields of intensely flavoured grapes.