Carlton Cellars has 25 acres located between Ken Wright and Etude vineyards, and over the years they have made some impressive innovations to Oregon winemaking, including a minimum till device they invented. Utilizing a new blade design they can cut roots of the cover crop but seeds remain and become a “lid” that holds in moisture. In line with this minimalist approach they have committed to sustainable practices, including water conservation and minimal chemical additions. Here is where we get back to the crickets: When you visit the vineyards at Carlton Cellars, you hear a natural orchestra of healthy insects, while many other, larger wineries are bathed in silence (as well as pesticides and herbicides).
Here is Dave Grooters in his Carlton Cellars, OR vineyard.