At Fighting Gully Road we undertake a sustainable approach to grape production. We use no insecticides and our fungicide selection includes only those that are soft on predatory mites and other beneficial insects. Herbicide use is kept to a minimum. The inter-row is sown to a permanent sward of grasses and legumes. Cultivation of the soil is not practiced; and vine prunings are mulched back onto the ground where they degrade naturally. Grass grown in the mid row is thrown onto the ground immediately under the vine to preserve moisture and increase organic matter content. Machinery operations are kept to a minimum to reduce soil compaction and minimise fossil fuel use.
Our goal is to create a diverse and dynamic system within which the vine is only one small part.