DEVELOPING A DISTINCTLY AUSTRALIAN VINEYARD
Our viticultural and general farming practices at Cape Landing reflect the obligation we feel to take care of all species, maintaining a natural balance between our vineyard and its interactions with the fauna (animal life) and flora (plant life) in and around it.
Research clearly show that plants, animals and soils function at their best when living in symbiotic relationships with a wide diversity of microbes from many different functional groups. The more numerous and genetically diverse these interactions are, the higher the biodiversity and the better buffered and more sustainable our vineyard system will be.
Although native grasses, planted under vine and as cover crops in mid-rows, may not look as picturesque as the classic image of a manicured vineyard, we see a great improvement in grape productivity and fewer pests and diseases when our vines grow in biodiverse soil.
Biodiversity also helps prepare us for the creeping consequences of climate change.
The integration of biodiversity and fruit production helps us focus our efforts on both the restoration and maintenance of native species and the plant communities that support the vineyard ecosystem.
“To all of us at Cape Landing, embracing the benefits of Australia’s native bugs and bush seems like a no-brainer!”
Mark Lewis - Cape Landing
“It is our responsibility to sustainably conduct agriculture and winemaking, while respecting the related ecosystems, with the final objective of leaving that land in better health for the next generation”
Bruce Dukes – Winemaker
The water powering Cape Landing's ecosystem derives exclusively from rainfall and 2 dams supplied by natural ground water springs. All water leaving Cape Landing, other than by natural evaporation, flows into the Chapman Brook and the lower Blackwood River. The lower Blackwood River and a number of its tributaries, including McLeod Creek and Chapman Brook, have been designated as high ecological value aquatic ecosystems (HEVAE) (Commonwealth of Australia 2008, 2011). Cape Landing has been working with the Lower Blackwood Catchment LCDC to protect Cape Landing’s water catchment areas, and these are now fenced to protect native vegetation and fauna from livestock access and resulting damage.
REINTRODUCTION OF NATIVE SPECIES
In August 2018 a Landscape Concept Plan was developed for Cape Landing with local consultants Topio Landscape Architecture and Cape Life, specialists in preservation and restoration of Western Australia’s unique and ancient landscapes.This will guide future landscape improvement of Cape Landing’s vineyard and headland areas. The regenerative and wet area protection aspect of Cape Landing’s Landscape Concept Plan has been fully implemented. This includes extensive revegetation of water catchment, vineyard and non-vineyard areas. Namely re-forestation of vineyard wind-break boundaries, reforestation of headland areas with new copses of large, medium and small native trees and the reintroduction of native tree and shrub species in wet land areas by community planting to replicate natural environments.