Organic Viticulture and interviews with some Italian Winemakers

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Interviews with Italian organic wine producers. Their methodology and reasons for growing and producing organically.

For the Love of Your Life...Your Body (not a woman or man!!!)

Organic Wines like all organic products are simply healthier for you. There is no hangover the next day, no allergies, no headaches - none of the dismal effects of wine produced from regular grape viniculture and viticulture.
Organic production methods are based on ecological balances, synergies among living things and the growing and safeguarding of crops using only natural elements such as organic fertilizers, copper, sulphur and bentonite, and always avoiding the use of inorganic products, chemicals, pesticides and genetically modified organisms.
Grapes are grown as well as processed in a way that safeguards the environment. They are handpicked and only the ripest and healthiest bunches are chosen with a minimum amount of damage to the vine. Organic wine forbids chemical additives except for a minimal amount of sulphur dioxide used to prevent the growth of organisms in the wine. Sulfites are a natural by-product of the fermentation process and even if no sulfur dioxide is added to a wine, fermenting yeasts will produce it from naturally occurring inorganic sulfates in all grape juices.
Historically and even in today's agriculture, grapes are one of the most heavily sprayed crops. Wine made from certified organically grown grapes free of chemical fertilizers, herbicides and other synthetic chemicals produce the best possible wines with the least detrimental effect on the environment or the people working in the industry; gathering grapes and the various processes involved in wine production. Conventional agricultural practices rely heavily on chemicals which can damage the soil and the grapevine, pollute both air and water, negatively affect the farmers and,ultimately, the consumers.

Better for Your Health, for the Environment too!

Since chemical additives, including both contact and systemic pesticides, could possibly be carcinogenic, it is important that they do not end up as residue in the wine.
Making wines from organically grown grapes is better for the environment and for the wine drinker. Now quality organic wines can be enjoyed by all wine lovers even those sensitive to sulfites.
Many notable winemakers in Italy and France are using Organic methods. They have dedicated themselves to keeping soil alive and free of pesticides. One particular man of note is Natalino Fasoli of the Fasoli Gino vineyards in the localities of San Zeno di Colognola ai Colli and Illasi in the lower Illasi valley. Using meticulous viticultural practices which include: grass grown under the vines; manuring with bovine dung; balanced pruning to guarantee a low yield; parasite control using natural products and predators, and hand picking done at different times to select grapes at their optimum ripening point, Natalino with his father, brothers and son have been cultivating organic viniculture and viticulture since 1984. Thus, their wines reflect both regional and varietal characteristics in harmony with the surrounding environment.

Straight from the Winemaker's Mouth!

I was fortunate to interview a charming Organic winemaker hailing from Friuli, one of my favourite regions of Italy. Mauro Braidot, owner of the Mont'Albano vineyard which is situate in Colloredo di Monte Albano in the shade of its famous castle.
In 1985 Mauro decided it was time to change to organic winemaking. At that time there was no legislation to support the changeover, but he and a number of other winemakers including Azienda Agricola Ottomarzo in the Veneto region, were willing to pioneer Organic viniculture and viticulture for their own health and personal satisfaction.
Taking all the risks involved, the first year of operation was very difficult. The soil in which the vines were grown was stressed out from over-cultivation and conventional techniques of fertilization. But after 3 to 4 years of diligent work, Braidot and his associates learned to cultivate the method Biologique using simple and ancient techniques - copper, sulphur and seaweeds to defend the vines from disease and goat's manure to fertilize the land.

In 1990 came a turning point when the 1st Certification for Biologique was awarded in the Veneto. This guaranteed production to consumers who wanted organic wines. Now new technology could be implemented; maximizing the timing of harvesting from cutting of grapes to vinification; selecting, collecting and bringing the grapes in from the fields in special boxes to protect the grapes; using latest technology in pressing of the grapes - air pumps which press horizontally, the berries being squeezed not broken so there is far less contamination; regulation by community legislation in every phase of production.
Roses are grown between the rows of vines - their colors and perfumes attract insects - and are the first to be attacked. This signals the winemaker so copper and sulfur can be used to protect the vines.
Around their properties are built six to nine feet hedges to diminish contamination between organic and traditional cultivation, and to create a natural refuge for friendly insects. Friendly ladybugs are used to eat the bad bugs and scent traps are laid with a certain feramore scent that confuses the male insect. He flies away and therefore does not impregnate the female, thus minimizing the problem of pests.

These winemakers are passionate about organic cultivation. They do it for they love the land and respect those who live on it and draw their nourishment from it. For them it is a raison d'etre.
Organic wines from Ottomarzo include Bianco di Custoza DOC, Bardolino Chiaretto DOC, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Recioto and Valpolicella Classico Superiore. They also produce Grappa and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Their vineyards are located near Lake Garda and north-east of Verona.
Mont'Albano produces such fine wines as Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Refosco, Pinot Grigio, Tocai Fruilano and Picolit, the most famous dessert-wine in the world.


Health, Healthy Body, No Chemical Fertilizers, No Damaged Soil, No Herbicides, No Side Effects, No Sprayed Crops, No Synthetic Chemicals, Organic Wine, Organically Grown Grapes

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
I have been writing on food, wine, travel, cosmic creation and erotica for over 30 years I do horoscopes and numerology and light readings.

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author avatar Carolan
5th Feb 2012 (#)

thank you so much Mark for moderating this,,,much appreciated!

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author avatar ppruel
5th Feb 2012 (#)

Now I know the reason, when I ate plenty of grapes I felt dizzy...

Informative article friend.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
5th Feb 2012 (#)

thank you kind sir...

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author avatar Denise O
6th Feb 2012 (#)

A really good article on wine makers and them growing their grapes organically. Good for them! Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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