Building Climate Resilience with Animals in the Vineyards
The use of grazing animals in vineyards seems to be of increasing interest and use around the globe. The information available indicates that it is a vineyard management tool that finds compatibility with regenerative, organic and biodynamic farming practices.
This discussion will focus on the many benefits to this technique of vineyard management. You will gain information from vineyard managers about their experiences and the reasons for their choice of animals and the how and why they integrated this tool into their vineyards along with results of their decisions.
Finally, intertwined in this conversation the guests might be able to discuss how animals enhance carbon sequestration, soil health and biodiversity and offer there reduction in the use of herbicides and chemicals. This is a unique opportunity to learn about and understand this growing trend in farming and pose questions to fellow professional vineyard managers.
TOM CROGHAN. USA
CO-Owner and Winemaker at The Vineyards at Dodon
Growing up on a small farm in north central West Virginia, Tom grew to appreciate the rhythms of nature, the joy of hard work, and the importance of place. He brings these early lessons, as well as those from a successful career in medicine, immunology and business, to create wines that reflect the unique soil and the site.
KELLY MULVILLE. USA
For the past 25 years Kelly has managed, designed and consulted with vineyards, farms and ranches throughout the western USA, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. His work focuses on designing and creating agricultural systems and practices that mimic nature in order to restore ecological health, resiliency, profitability and beauty to land.
Kelly is vineyard director at Paicines Ranch.
LÍGIA SANTOS. PORTUGAL
Born in Nelas, in the heart of the Dão, granddaughter of farmers and merchants. She graduated in law and worked for a few years as a lawyer in Lisbon until she embraced the challenge of returning to her origins to produce wine in the family business, Caminhos Cruzados. Passionate about books, she believes in the power of stories and it is to telling them that she devotes much of her time, communicating the identity of the company and its wines. She also studied marketing and wine communication and has WSET level 3, an international course specializing in wine tasting.
JOHAN REYNEKE . ZA
Onwer and viticulturist at Reyneke Wines