Irrigation and wine

I was at a celebrated winery recently where they explained their approach to making wine. I knew little about making wine. So, it was all new.

One idea that I found fascinating was that they refused to irrigate their plants. The grapes are planted on a hill with limestone 10-15 feet below the ground. Limestone is known for holding moisture. So, the roots need to make it to the limestone and get the moisture directly from the limestone.

Our guide explained that this lack of irrigation defines their wine’s taste and character. The harder the plants have to work, the more resilient they become. And the more resilient they become, the more likely they create strong wine.

Much like how we our character gets shaped too.