Our Practice of Feng Shui
Florence's Chinese philosophy is very important to the management of our vineyard. She is a firm believer in the ancient practice of Feng Shui (Wind and Water).
This philosophy interprets how various Earth energies (Chí) co-exist and interplay at a specific location. Beyond that, Feng Shui practitioners believe that this energy can be harnessed and used to enhance everything from health, to luck, to the quality of the wines coming from the vineyard.
Ours may be the only vineyard in California that is laid-out and constructed based on the principles of Feng Shui. Feng Shui dictated everything from the row orientation, vine and row spacing, and even the number of rows permitted (not to mention the actual purchase of the property). It also may control the timing of pruning, harvest, and most importantly, irrigation. Where practicality interferes, there are Feng Shui methods to make up for those problems.
I have learned to do my best to work within these guidelines; amazingly, much of the philosophy actually does make some sense in the end (sort of like the 'Old Farmers' Almanac) and definitely gives me an appreciation for how seriously tied the Chinese are to the soil and Earth. They recognize that the Earth and farming on it involves every aspect of the environment, and that each decision you make has an effect on many, many other natural systems, be that chemical, biological, or as the Chinese say, Chí (energy).