To tap into everything a prime vineyard can give, the right vines must be grown. This simple but certain rule was impressed upon Martin by his mentors. When vine and vineyard are compatible, the cultivar thrives, roots deeply and translates the soil's energy to the grapes from which wine will be made.
Martin sagely planted his bench properties with varieties appropriate to cool-climate conditions and drier, mineralized soils: chardonnay, pinot gris, gewürztraminer, gamay, and the fount of his favourite wine, pinot noir. Riesling was eschewed, only because it was already being grown in excellent quality and abundant quantity by neighbouring vineyards.