The unbroken circle
The self-nourishing interrelationship of earth, plants and animals has been central to vigneron Christophe Baron’s farming philosophy ever since he pioneered biodynamic farming methods in the Walla Walla Valley in 2002.
Like Cayuse Vineyards, Horsepower is farmed according to an astrological sowing and planting calendar, and entirely without the use of herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, chemical insecticides or fungicides.
Six draft horses, cultivate vineyards ranging from 3,555 to 4,840 vines per acre with as little as 3' x 3' spacing—planted 1 vine per stake, or “sur echalas” in French.
All Horsepower wines are created from the following vineyards:
Sur Echalas Vineyard—With 3-foot by 3-foot spacing and 4,840 vines per acre, this 2 acre vineyard of Syrah and Grenache is the highest density planting in the Walla Walla Valley, and one of the highest in North America.
The Tribe Vineyard—This 3 acre Syrah vineyard is planted one vine per stake. Spacing is 3.5 feet by 3.5 feet, totaling 3,555 vines per acre.
High Contrast Vineyard—This vineyard includes 3 acres of Syrah and 1/3 acre of Viognier, and follows the contour of what was once the Walla Walla River. There are 3,555 vines per acre, planted one vine per stake.
Fiddleneck Vineyard—Named for a curled yellow flower which grows abundantly in the area, this vineyard includes 3 acres of Grenache and 1 acre of Tempranillo. The vines are spaced 3.5 feet by 3.5 feet, planted one vine per stake for a total of 3,555 vines per acre.