Bugs everywhere!

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The rainy spring has complicated life for our fruit trees, in both our garden and greenhouse. The constant high humidity has facilitated the development of fungi and red spider mites as well as terrible aphids that destroy leaves and thus the plant’s ability to grow.   To contain the numbers of these small and annoying…

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Herb day

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Between one rainy day and another we’ve been able to find time to follow our cultivation diversification project by planting florina apples, oak, sage, lavender and other herbs. Cristina Marello and Nils Klaas held a very interesting class in the vineyards on medicinal herbs with related practical uses in the field. The creation of a…

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Wet spring

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There are essentially two issues with spring 2018: rain and manpower. As you can see from the graph, the blue columns represent the rain for the last month. Notice both the increased frequency and intensity. This fact will cause constant and continuous infections in our vineyard from fungi, especially downy mildew. We’re at maximum alert….

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Where is spring?

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Thanks to the law of natural compensation, after having a terribly dry 2017, we find ourselves about to have a decidedly rainy spring start, that was predated by a freezing winter rich in snow. This amount of water is definitely well received. The terrain is soaking it up and regenerating, but we also have various…

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It’s time for the horn manure

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Biodynamic field preparations produce a qualitative, but not quantitative, support for the agricultural organism. The vines weave energy from the sun as well as materials from the soil. The life force and dynamic equilibriums that project from the vines to the winery, and eventually in the glass, are powerful and at the same time fragile….

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Where is wine made?

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When I was a child it was said that wine “was made in the winery”. When I was 20 they said that wine “was made in the vineyard”. Now that I’m 40, who knows where you make wine? I believe that wine is made in your head. The company ego is what determines the company’s…

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The best moment of 2017? The match…

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Work is important, but sometimes it’s important to know how to have fun. We organized the first vineyard basketball match with the workers of the Rivetto company on the last day of the 2017 harvest. I’d say that the images are worth more than words and I can assure you that it was a real…

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Awareness

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  The photo you see was taken this morning in the lower part of a row of six-year-old nebbiolo that will be harvested soon. This group of nettles smack dab in the middle of the row honestly surprised me. What follows are the technical reasons for why I am happy. The search for balance in…

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