TThere are many ways in which New World and old European wineries could be said to differ from one another. We do not wish to say that one way of making wine is better than the other. But we believe that as newcomers to the old European winemaking heartland, our initial modern image probably helped us attract more interest than we would have received, had we simply copied local, traditional methods.
In the early days we were concentrating in the cellar work thinking that even though the vineyards might not produce the best of the grapes, we could still make fine wines in the cellar. With our New World cellar equipment we definitely stood out from the crowd. As time has gone by, our winemaking philosophy has changed as well. Today we try to put more effort to the work in the vineyards and less in the cellar. We want to present the authentic characters of our soils in our different vineyards.
So we are becoming more traditional and conservative ourselves. We have adopted some traditional working practices and for example we have had experiments with working to the rhythms of the moon and the stars. We also search for the roots of our wines by planting our vineyards with historic grape varieties of Bordeaux such as Sauvignon Gris, Malbec, Carmenere and Petit Verdot.