The vineyard work carried out at Providence is aimed at producing the highest quality fruit with emphasis on utilizing only natural methods and materials.
Accordingly, no herbicides, synthetic fertilizers or chemicals are used. All materials applied are natural and sustainable.
We strive to enhance the natural defensive mechanisms of the vines against pests and diseases. We are fortunate in that we have very few pests and therefore have little requirement for treatments.
In spring, under-vine cultivation is undertaken for weed control and to aerate the clay soils, which tend to become compacted with the winter rains. Small amounts of copper spray are as necessary to protect against fungal disease.
Shoot thinning and green harvest are carried out in summer to maintain optimal quality. Vine trimming and leaf plucking are also carried out to encourage this quality and ensure maximum sunlight and air circulation. When necessary, a talcum powder treatment is used to protect from Botrytis.
Early autumn sees pre-harvest removal of uneven bunches and ensures quality of the final harvest. Harvest is completed by the end of April. After harvest, soil cultivation is used to ready the soil for winter. Vines are left to defoliate and go dormant.
Winter time is for pruning. All pruning is done slowly by hand. The canes are removed and used for Barbeque purposes. The fruiting canes are laid down and attached to trellis wires, ready for the next growing season which begins again in September.