Pickup Wine Club
Spring 2021 Newsletter
Moving to the next level of Ownership and Sustainable Farming.
2020 had two major highlights for our family business at Compton Family Wines. Retail customers stayed loyal to our products which help keep us going strong as other sales channels drop dramatically. The second highlight is our Estate Vines that was formally named DeerHaven Vineyard and has been renamed Compton Family Farms. Matt and Tabitha were able to purchase the vineyard that they had been leasing for over 20 years. This property is now our homestead for the family and using it for growing wine grapes along with some livestock.
Sustainability in farming has always been our focus in vineyard management but many of these vineyards have been leased which has limited our efforts. Now we are looking to take the sustainability to the next level by developing a more diverse ecosystem with implementing new tools to help grow the grapes under what is known as Regenerative Agriculture Practices. This form of agriculture is managing with more natural tools to the ecosystem of the farm create higher diversity of biology, improve soil health, improve plant health, and improve animal health. Some of our new tools in this management is; a herd of 5 sheep (that are lambing as we write this) for grazing and fertilizing the farm, another tool is over 30 pasture raised chickens to maintain soil health along with controlling insects. We are also looking to introduce more fowl such as geese and ducks to help with grazing and fertility of the vineyard land. The animals introduced to the vineyard help keep the grass down, so we do not have to mow along with fertilizing the land.
2020 brought many new challenges to the business and life but by looking to work with Mother Nature we will find the ways to get back to better systems.