When Jack's family moved to The Drift Farm in 1999 , they encountered a place of breathtaking beauty and immense agricultural potential. The farm is isolated and tranquil, offering a beautiful breathtaking respite from the rush of everyday life. It is also a working farm growing delicious organic vegetables, producing world-class extra virgin olive oil and making finely crafted wines of exceptional quality.
The farm provides a variety of altitudes, slopes, aspects and soil types; all which add to the complexity of the wine made, but it is the extreme weather, bitterly cold in winter and astonishingly cool in summer that creates the real edge. Their vineyards are straw-mulched to retain moisture in the soil, resulting in a saving of up to 40% water usage as well as suppressing weeds in the vineyards. They do not use any chemical fertilizers or pesticides on The Drift Farm, rather preferring compost as a fertilizer.
Each vineyard is fermented, and matured, separately before being blended together to craft the final wine.
Each vineyard has been given the name of a maternal ancestor in their family tree.
Their vineyards are root-fed with earthworm water from their own earthworm farm, and they make extensive use of compost and mulch to suppress weeds and create a naturally cool and moist environment for earthworms. The earthworms not only aerate the soil, but bring life into the soil.
Lastly, the farm never uses chemical fertilizers, as this unbalances the inherent chemical make-up of the soil and they would not get a true reflection of the land in the final wine.