Organic farming is fundamental to every level of viticulture at Peregrine Wineries, with a holistic approach that integrates crop and livestock farming to vineyard management.
When developing land, we first clear it using goat herds to remove rosehip, lupins and other coarse vegetation, before planting beneficial crops to condition the soil and accrue organic matter. If the site is being developed as a vineyard, it will be planted cyclically with seasonal crops like ryecorn, which can then be harvested for winter feed or grazed off by cattle and worked back into the soil.
Wiltshire sheep are run on our vineyards, eating down the grass grown during spring and summer, then returning after harvest to tidy up the vineyard floor before budbreak. Their manure is just one ingredient in the many different composts and preparations we use to feed the vines and enrich the soil with organic matter.
Peregrine also employs a range of poultry to take care of grass grub, including Orpington, White Suffolk, Coronation Suffolk, Dorking, Leghorn and Rhode Island Red chickens, while their eggs are used for both wine fining and feeding the vineyard teams. Pigs and bees have also found their niches on Peregrine's carefully nurtured properties.