Cover crop of Faba beans and Triticale in the contoured Ironstone Shiraz block
Sustainable Vineyard Practises at Pirramimma
A large portion of the Pirramimma estate has been planted to vineyards continually for over a century.
Approximately 26 years ago Pirramimma’s vineyard soils were biologically analysed and were found to be virtually biologically sterile along with very low carbon levels due to many years of over cultivation due to a limited available knowledge of viticultural best practise for vineyard soils . The only way to control vineyard weeds was through constant yearly draft horse mullboard cultivation and in later years tractor rotary hoe was employed which increased loss of soil structure, carbon and soil biology.
The new Pirramimma sustainable best practise hinged itself around inoculating soils with good Fungi, soil Microbes, Humates and any macro and trace element deficiencies while starting to recover the vineyards soils carbon levels and structure, which are necessary to support the soils important biology and minimum cultivation .