At Kaesler we strive to not only maintain but rebuild the soils, because at the end of the day we want to leave these precious old vines in better condition than we found them. It’s a process called ‘regenerative farming’ as it’s more than sustainability, it is a practice that constantly evolves so we are not just sustaining the environment we are improving it.
In 2002 soil testing in the ‘Old Bastard’ vineyard showed organic carbon of 0.3%, now due to our regenerative farming practices we have increased that to 1.4%. We introduced permanent pastures and widened the crop, from a traditional size, by one metre. This is a massive improvement. Despite each year the vines depleting the carbon, we have managed to remove carbon from the atmosphere and return it to the soil.