As he learned the ropes of farming, Guinness became convinced that he didn’t need, or want, the chemical pesticides and herbicides so common in modern agriculture. He pursued more natural farming methods, joined the California Certified Organic Farmers, and kept his small farm in tune with nature, a safe place for the family and its crops.
We were growing grapes organically before organic was a thing. It’s a good way to grow healthy grapes and kids. Speaking of kids, Guinness’ 5 children all helped over the years. One of his daughters even drove a tractor, harvesting grapes for sparkling wine, the day before her wedding.