Winegrowing Philosophy

At ONX we focus on farming our crops with the understanding that the fruits of our labors will be realized in a glass of wine... your glass hopefully!  There is a French term, elevage, which is applied to wine and it translates to “the educating or upbringing” of wine like one’s parents do with their children.  We like to extend that notion into the vineyard and believe that we can train the vines into producing the best possible fruit for wine production.

Our winegrowing goal each year is to raise concentrated and highly expressive fruit. We balance our crop to allow the vines to focus their energy on a limited number of clusters.  The vine canopy is manicured to allow dappled sunlight penetration and air movement within the vine canopy.  We employ a variety of trellis approaches that match our rootstock, scion, and soil combinations.

In support of our generous habitat, we feed our soils throughout the year so that they, in turn, feed the vines. Our extensive soil enrichment is accomplished through heavy composting and cover cropping. Utilizing cover crops is the most effective natural way to feed soils and improve their structure and aggregrate.