Fred and Wendy Nunes live in
the vineyard and they know every plant. They use ecologically sound
sustainable farming practices whenever possible because it makes sense,
integrating newfound information into their grape growing philosophy, which
is based on sound science. As a systematic biologist,
Fred considers himself part of the Vineyard's terroir, responsible for
maintaining its harmony within the larger system, and an integral part of
the wines that are made from their fruit.
He was named "Best New Grower", by winemaker, Greg La Follette in 2002. Fred runs the vineyard, trains
and monitors the crew, implements his own integrated pest management program
and manages all his own tractor work.
Having a background in business and
graphic design, Wendy does everything else, though she has spent a
little time on the tractor.
One of Fred's favorite articles:
Link to PDF:
Understanding Grape Berry Development
óby James Kennedy,
Department of Food, Science & Technology
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon