Farming Philosophy: The Land
“Some of the most expensive real estate in the world is vineyard property. Vineyard farming is simply real estate development, but in the most beautiful means. As a farmer and winemaker the ideal scenario is to acquire, control and nurture the best vineyard sites possible. Only then can you hope and aspire to produce special and distinctive high quality wines which stand out from the crowd ” – Joe Dobbes
Before Joe’s direction took a clear trajectory toward winemaking, his focus in school was environmental biology, the impetus that fuels farming decisions across Iterum’s Estate, Orchard House Vineyard.
The entire estate from the old growth oaks, vegetable gardens and the vines, are farmed organically. Organic farming is a worthwhile commitment and undertaking which is often tested by our cool climate vintage variations, and our ever-evolving global climate weather circumstances.
Iterum’s objective is to preserve nature’s intent, to allow the land to speak and simultaneously protect the ecosystem for a sustainable future. What does this look like day to day? No herbicides, no pesticides, preservation of indegenus and native plant species, no irrigation, minimal tilling, and promotion of beneficial insects.
Winemaking Philosophy: The Hand
“As a winemaker I continually push the boundaries to produce distinctive, exciting and unique wines which reflect the vintage, and simultaneously exploit the highlights of the vineyard site and its terroir” – Joe Dobbes
Iterum’s winemaking philosophy stems from what Joe calls, “land over the hand”. Joe’s winemaking starts in the vineyard spending time getting to know the personality of the vintage and the crop at hand. This leads to a deep connection to the land each year and an understanding of how he will shape the finished wine. Joe’s goal is to showcase a sense of specific place and vintage variation in every wine he makes.
Stylistically one should expect Iterum Wines to be true to varietal character and to possess beautiful balance. They are highly fruited, with explosive aromatics, intense flavors, and have a full textured mouthfeel finishing with a fresh and bright acidity. A full textured mouthfeel, however, does not translate to the winemaking goal and belief that “bigger is better”. The Iterum Wines exhibit a beautiful, natural, and simultaneous tension, or tautness due to the interplay of the acidity with the wine’s overall extract and flavors. This interplay enhances and elevates the degree of excitement and uniqueness of the Iterum Wines.