Grapegrowing is about understanding the rhythm of each vintage, as dictated by Mother Nature. De Vine sits on a south-facing ridgetop, with good exposure and a steady ocean breeze. Our soil is shallow clay-loam with plenty of rocks for drainage. Because we also live on the property, we farm organically, without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Organic farming is not a walk in the vineyard, so to speak. It requires a lot of hand work, hoeing rows or running a tractor-mounted weed badger instead of spraying chemicals. But to paraphrase a French saying, the best fertilizer is the boots of the grower.