Page 35

FEATURED Winery

Pipestone Vineyard

W

A STUDY IN BALANCE

hen it comes to eco-credentials, no winemaker or farmer has more than Jeff Pipes. The Paso Robles owner and operator of Pipestone Vineyards entered the wine industry with a unique perspective after many years as an environmental engineer and attorney. “I saw the worst that people could do to the environment,” he says, “thus my desire to farm organically and to be easy and regenerative on the land.” In the mid-90s, Pipes decided to plant a vineyard in the nascent Paso Robles wine region, where the climate and soils reminded him of Chateauneuf-du-Pape in Southern France. Since that time, he and his family have strived to learn their property and farm as sustainably as possible. “I want the land to be here and fertile for future generations, so we work very hard to keep the soil in place and healthy. We minimize energy inputs and recycle everything from the wine corks to the winery waste water.” Pipes’ eco-friendly farming methods at Pipestone run the gamut from composting and cover cropping to plowing the earth with a team of draft horses instead of tractors. But to pipes, sustainability is a more holistic concept than simply checking off items on a “to do” list. “You can farm organically by just saying ‘don’t do this and don’t do that.’ But that is a sure prescription for failure. It’s about balance.” His wife, Florence Wong, is from Hong Kong where feng shui has been a philosophy for thousands of years, and Pipes employs

By: Jaime Lewis

feng shui as a means of bringing his awareness to the way energy moves through the vineyard system. “[Feng shui] is where I lose most people,” Pipes jokes, “but it’s actually the way my grandpa farmed – by understanding phases of the moon, seasonal clues, et cetera.” And the wine? “It’s all about quality,” Pipes says. “By growing the best fruit we can for our location and terroir, that’s what shows through to the glass…Our wines are unmanipulated so that the true expression of our site shows through.”

Pipestone Vineyard 2040 Nidrer Road Paso Robles, CA 93446 Call 805-227-6385 Visit www.PipestoneVineyards.com SPRING 2013 THE WINEPRESS MAGAZINE

35

The Winepress Magazine Spring Edition  

A Magazine dedicated to wine country in California

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you