ORGANIC GRAPE-GROWING

THE MISSION: FROM GRAPES TO WINE THE NATURAL WAY

THE BORTOLOMIOL ORGANIC PRODUCTION PROJECT

 

From the sense of responsibility as a leading producer of Prosecco Superiore, and based on a fast-evolving sustainable-agriculture project, Bortolomiol has pioneered a new farming approach – organic grape growing – in its vineyards in the heart of Valdobbiadene. This because the company realizes that the land must be protected and passed on to future generations in the best possible condition.

Carlo Petrini (founder of Slow Food) explains that: “Our food should be good, clean and right. Full of flavour, not harmful for the environment and not produced by exploiting farmers and workers” The “clean” concept is what guides the Bortolomiol winery in their organic production project located in the family vineyards in the Parco della Filandetta.

Wendell Berry, an American literary figure, cultural commentator and winner of the National Humanities Medal, in one of his essays, when trying to arouse consumer awareness, underscores the responsible role they play with regard to the food industry and the very future of nature: “We are all farmers by proxy and so must carefully consider the kind of agriculture we give our proxy to”.

And it is because of this common responsibility that Bortolomiol has taken the low environmental impact organic grape-growing route, as a pilot and spearhead project for the entire area of its historic grape growers.

THE HISTORY AND PASSION

of GIULIANA BORTOLOMIOL

 

The family-owned farm is run entirely by Giuliana Bortolomiol who looks after the vineyards with passion and dedication.

The oldest one dates back to 1950 while the more recent ones were planted in 1997 and 2005.

“Before 1997 my father Giuliano alone looked after the vineyards – says Giuliana, I joined the company in 1997. In that year, the vineyard area was extended with new installations. At that time, my father and I agreed to look for new treatment products with less impact on the environment. It was the start of our endeavours to ensure more sustainable cultivation.

Since 2001, I have continued the job by myself, striving to find cultivation methods respectful of the vines, the soil and the surrounding environment. I am convinced the land produces better fruits if we respect it. Respect means looking after it using products which are not too invasive and as natural as possible. Products with active ingredients extracted from minerals or plants that exist in nature. This way, we will not only have better fruits, but also health benefits.

In 2008, I began an organic cultivation program, with the precious help of the agronomist, Giovanni Pascarella and the support of Elvira and Gianfranco Zanon.

After these years, I am really very satisfied with results, above all quality and, meanwhile, I am increasingly convinced that I made the right choice for the vineyards and our own health”.

THE PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIC VINEYARD CULTIVATION

of GIOVANNI PASCARELLA

 

Organic cultivation means adopting a whole series of ecologically sound agricultural practices that minimize undesirable side effects and the use of synthetic chemical products, so as to improve the health of the environment and human wellbeing. This cultivation method not only protects and cares for the plants by using Bordeaux mixture as a pesticide, but also governs the choice of training systems, pruning, soil and inter-vine management, weed control, foliage management and everything else right up to harvesting. Organic cultivation aims to achieve a global production process that optimizes production quality while protecting the environment and human health.

This stringent production process requires constant attention in the vineyard to monitor the natural cycle of the vines and the development of any diseases or other problems. Jobs are therefore only done after careful assessment. This is the only way to ensure truly organic cultivation, or the “ius naturale” of the vineyard.

THE NATURAL “IUS NATURAE”

IUS NATURAE, our new Valdobbiadene Prosecco superiore Brut, made from organically grown grapes, is the natural consequence of the production philosophy of the Bortolomiol family, always keen to practice sustainable and environmentally respectful grape-growing. In this case, their passion for natural values reaches new heights. During harvest, two full days are set aside to pick these grapes to ensure total control of quality and ripeness. The mousse is fine and persistent and the pale straw yellow colour points to a wine full of energy.

An energy we find in the nose with its deep austere bouquet, with fruity, mineral and flowery notes recalling acacia honey and almond flowers, and in the mouth. Here, sweetness is controlled and its zest, combined with lovely freshness, gives the wine a very persistent decisive, vigorous taste.