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Ethics of viticulture and agriculture is evident in every aspect of Troon Vineyard.

From the moment I arrived at Troon’s 50th Anniversary Ranch to the table dinner, this level of care was evident. Everyone who arrived at Applegate Farm on a 101 degree day was greeted with cold water – poured and delivered to us in a cup, not a disposable cup.

The tour began under the large shade trees. With mountain drama and sunshine as a backdrop, the Klamath/Siskiyo region is the most biodiverse in the country, Agriculture Director Garrett Long tells us. He continued, “We have this incredibly biodiverse area that is the context of this vineyard, and then in that context we try to elevate and maximize diversity as much as possible.”

Troon Vineyard is biodynamic and Regenerative Organic (ROC) certified, both agricultural certifications and systems-based approaches based on reciprocity through the interaction of individual processes – and the way they relate to one another – to create and enhance a dynamic, larger whole.

Walking along the vineyards, past chickens, through the lively flower gardens of the reception, I almost forgot that it was hot. Beneath the wooden beamed marble pergola, we treated ourselves to delicious appetizers paired with the just-released 2021 Beckett! This spread of all farm-raised vegetables—beets, parsnips, carrots, and pickled radishes—is treated with koji, the same mold used in sake and soybeans, which cures and moisturizes.

The fuzzy, slightly brittle picket, as explained by winemaker Nate Wall, “is an example of a rejuvenating mindset because you’re basically reusing a waste stream. Pickets are made from partially pressed grapes and then rehydrated overnight in a press. I’ll add water already, then in the morning Next we’ll squeeze again. We’ll get this second flux of sugars that have basically dissolved in water from the grape skins…which gives me the opportunity to recycle some sugar that would otherwise be wasted in the compost heap.”

All the way from the reception, the protectors of the Great Pyrenees were hanging on the grass. These dogs have an important job to do and they must love their work, as they seemed very happy. I’m sure they were smiling.

These livestock keepers are there to protect the sheep and chickens. This breed has an instinctive sense of observing vigilant predators during the day, but especially during the night – vocal intimidation is prioritized.

The spacious lawn is elegantly studded with round tables covered in white tablecloths, shiny glassware, and fresh cut flowers. The menu promised a bountiful bounty harvested from the existing gardens and ever-expanding food forests of Troon. This orchard-style farming incorporates nitrogen-producing herbs, vines, fruits, vegetables, root crops, flowers, and more that create the land of these vineyards.

The night of this historic celebration ended with lounging on the sofa on the grand new deck watching the golden sunset brilliantly. The only sound was intermittent barking in the background protecting the lambs and chickens.

Troon pioneered a return to a natural, “hand-held” method of growing food and wine, which offers many opportunities to restore wildlife and rejuvenate a healthy environment.

More on that in my next column: Where they come from, where they are and what the future is in Tron.

Reach out to Paula Pandey at pbthegrapevine@gmail. com and connect with her on Instagram at @pbthroughhegrapevine

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