With 17.8% of its wine-growing area under organic and biodynamic farming, Italy is now the country with the most certified organic vineyards.
Biodynamic winegrowing appeared in the 1920s under the influence of the Austrian philosopher Rudolph Steiner. Biodynamic winegrowing has developed progressively throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.
Bees are essential to biodiversity and are now numerous on wine estates, which are increasingly convinced of their benefits for the vine.
For several years, Marcus Weller, winemaker and researcher at Washington State University (WSU) has been studying the effects of drought on vines. Here are the main findings of his research.
Many American winegrowers have decided to plant hybrid grape varieties that are better able to combat the effects of global warming. Every year, many American winegrowers make the same observation: the climate is not only becoming more unstable but, above all, it is changing. In California, for example, average temperatures are higher, while droughts are…
In viticulture, biodynamic farming and work on natural and artificial grass cover are two techniques that help to improve soil health and thus combat global warming.
Sedimentary rock, limestone is widely present in the soils where prestigious vineyards flourish. Here is how it impacts wine production.
Although the majority of volcanoes on earth are no longer active, their past eruptions have left a lasting mark on the soil. Volcanic soils can also be used to produce wine, with success: gamay, pinot noir, riesling or chardonnay, to name but a few.
An ancestral practice widely used in France until the 1950s, viti-pastoralism allows biodiversity to be reintroduced into the vineyards while improving yields. Most winegrowers face four major problems with their vines: soil compaction, herbicide resistance of so-called invasive plants, lower yields and higher production costs. This is why more and more wine professionals are interested…
Spontaneous or sown grassing of the inter-rows in vineyards makes it possible to obtain permanent or temporary plant cover between the rows of vines, which clearly improves the health of the soil. But which species to choose? We take stock.