When in 2012 we started to be more methodical about our application of biodynamic processes (cornoletame such as horn manure) to our vineyards we realized – thanks to historical memory of our parents – that these were practices already familiar to the grandparents of our parents.
Today, we know very little of the life that exists beneath a plant, of the soil that lives thanks to an infinite number of microorganisms. Yet it is thanks to the increase in microbiological activity arising from the use of biodynamic preparations, to the care invested in soil management, that we maintain and increase the fertility of the soil. Our task is to support and accompany the vine. Only by maintaining a fertile soil we can contribute to the development of a well balanced vine, so it is able to defend itself and react better to the extreme climate conditions for example. An example of best practise in soil management is, for example, immediately after the harvest, to prepare the land between the vine rows for planting. We use that land to sow peas, vetch, fava beans, rye, oat, clover, wheat and barley – all of which will strengthen the soil.
Twice a year (generally in autumn and spring) we apply throughout the vineyards biodynamic preparation 500 and preparation 501. All of the preparations are applied in homeopathic doses, taking in consideration the phases of the moon and the sun. By doing so the soil is regenerated through traditional methods.
The limited yield and the proliferation of useful microorganisms due to the exclusion of pesticides further allow us to have grapes of high quality, a necessary condition to have wines of great character and authenticity.