The Farm's Terroir
The Grange vineyards are planted on fertile but largely shallow Hillier Clay-Gravel soils. The underlying bedrock common to all PEC is calcium-based limestone. Where the farm is located the bedrock is very easily fractured, meaning our soils have very high gravel content.
This may have been a challenge for traditional farming, but it is great for growing grapes; it improves drainage in the top soil, provides drought protection (having roots penetrate the rock layer to reach the water below), and it can provide extra ground heat in the fall to aid with ripening. However, most important is the minerality it gives to the wine, which for PEC is often described at the backbone of the wines’ profiles.