Our 180 acres of vineyards and olive groves are brimming with life. The meandering streams, occasional ponds, and endless trees seem to attract all walks of nature. From the tiny round ladybirds to the brilliant Pukekos, from the small slippery earthworms to the roaming flocks of sheep, our vineyards benefit from a mighty collaborative force of nature. These mammals, birds, insects, plants, and micro-flora work in harmony to reduce the use of insecticides, contribute to healthy fruit and vines, maintain productive soil and minimise the impact on the environment.
In addition to the herd Arapawa Sheep kept by Omaka Springs, we work with our neighbouring farms to host over 500 local sheep each year on the estate. The sheep graze on the weeds and grass in the vineyards, eliminating the need for mechanical mowers and weeders; thereby reducing diesel consumption. Grazing sheep also offer the added benefit of contributing a low rate of natural fertilizer to the vineyard.