Churchview pride themselves on cultivating, crafting and cherishing the land, the grapes and the wine.
To cultivate is to prepare and use land for crops.It is a well-known fact that the creation of a great bottle of wine starts in the vineyard, indicating the purity and quality of the fruit will dictate the purity and quality of the wine. Churchview has worked hard over the past 20 years to convert the vineyard from a full conventional to an organically operated vineyard. Our philosophy behind the cultivation of our vines is simple, treating the environment with respect and maintaining healthy soils and vines with organic principals will ensure pure, quality fruit.
Our vineyard team carries our regular soil sampling, assessing the soil balance by ensuring nutrients which naturally occur in the soil are readily available for the vines. By carrying out regular soil tests we can tell what the vines are actually using to produce the grapes and therefore only replenish the essential nutrients that are be infused by the vine.Between the rows and under the vines we aim to maintain a complete cover crop. This means we do not use any herbicides which will adverse effects on overall soil health.
Cover crops are made up of rye grasses and clovers which we let reseed before mowing and slashing. We will also seed lupins and clover throughout the vineyard to support the build-up of organic matter over time.
To maintain healthy soils an organic compost is spread throughout the vineyard on a yearly basis. We follow this with regular applications of organic seaweed, fish emulsion and potassium humate which is applied to the vines as well. All of this assists in completing and maintaining a healthy and fertile environment for the vines to thrive.
To craft is to make or produce with care, skill and integrity.Winemaking or vinification is both an art and science to which the skills required by the winemaker arguably amount to craftsmanship.
This special ability to craft the wine warrants that every single bottle produced is a reflection of the site and speaksabout the vintage, the climate and the array of flavour profiles each season brings. It’s the difference in vintage that makes winemaking an art and the ability to bring these flavours to you that makes wine so interesting.The fruit supplied and the winemakers imprint determines quality, identity and style. At Churchview we aim to make the best possible wine we can, and make that affordable to you.
Most of our premium wines will have an element of oak in their flavour profile. Quality oak barrels are an important factor in the making of quality wines. The very best French Oak barrels are sourced to make our wines, and these are just as important as the fruit when it comes to crafting the wines. Grown, made and sourced from France these barrels are selected to ensure quality craftsmanship in the winemaking process.
To cherish is to keep or cultivate with care and affection.
Wine is more than a beverage, it has a long and rich heritage in many cultures. Today wine is available to most of us and is easily obtained. As wine enthusiasts we want to share our products with other wine enthusiasts.
We want our wines to mark an occasion for you to cherish. It could be a daily glass with your evening meal, a bottle shared over a romantic dinner, or wine with a family feast. We encourage responsible consumption and good guide is to always choose quality that you can cherish, over quantity.