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.

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“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

Using Natural Products And Native Species

Cape Landing is not officially certified organic but we are on our way and steadily phasing out use of chemicals.

Wherever possible we make use of natural products and native species that add carbon back to the soil, retain moisture, and allow for more resilient root systems.

We encourage insects that help us pollinate plant species (other than vines) in the vineyard and surrounding areas and naturally prey upon the pests that threaten the vines and the viability of the fruit produced for wine production.

This leads to vines being more naturally resistant to disease, resulting in ripened fruit that displays added layers of flavour, complexity and vibrancy.

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“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

Our Environmental Program

Soil Management/Biodiversity

We incorporate cover crops and native plants under vine, in the mid-rows, headlands, borders and in the surrounding landscape. In the vine rows, we use mulches, usually canes from the previous growing season, in the vine rows.

By nurturing our soils, we achieve better plant health and balance which leads to higher quality fruit. We look for naturally occurring fungi to spray to assist with botrytis prevention.

Weed Control

Mulching, under vine mechanical weed cutting and occasional sheep grazing of the vineyard throughout winter contribute to natural weed management.

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Water Catchments

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.

Introduction of Pollinators

Cape Landing has introduced beehives in areas of natural growth between the vineyard blocks, resulting in an increase in pollinators across the vineyard throughout the year and the added benefit of honey production.

A combination of organic methods, sustainable principles and the latest in technology create the ultimate balance for our vineyard and its soils, and our water catchment areas.