A HEALTHY SOIL BEFORE A GOOD WINE

A healthy soil before a good wine – Cause and effect relationship

A healthy soil before a good wine is of paramount importance. Looking at a vineyard, we often assume to appreciate its health just by observing its leaves, wood, grapes. But it would be a limited analysis, which stops at the effect and does not investigate the cause. The vegetation, in fact (i.e. leaves, branches, fruits), shows only the final result. Where are the causes then? In the roots, where you will find the brain of the plant, namely in the soil.

Why a healthy soil before a good wine?

The soil is a living super-organism, which dies and regenerates itself every day, rich in billions of microorganisms, fungi, bacteria and insects. This process can only inevitably affect the plant and its characteristics. The grape comes from the soil, absorbing precious macro-elements, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium. These elements must return to the soil, where they belong, in a virtuous and respectful cycle of life.

The nourishment

Fertilization is often thought of to nourish the plant. But, thinking about cause and effect, the first objective must be to create suitable conditions to satisfy the plant’s nutritional needs and reintegrate what is absorbed.

Earthworms and humus

The soil works well when it is rich in microorganisms and earthworms that turn organic material into humus. Earthworms make the soil softer, yielding a better capacity to retain water to be a better source of nutrients for plants, therefore more fertile.

Earthworms

The self-produced compost

An excellent way to increase soil microbiology is to use good humus.

Photo. Stefano Legnani’s compost – different phases of the decomposition of heaps of twigs

a healthy soil before a good wine

a healthy soil before a good wine

a healthy soil before a good wine

The best component is self-produced with its own waste (twigs, stalks, pomace, grass). This enable to preserve the typicality of the finished product by returning to the soil what the soil has generated.

For Stefano, everything starts from the soil, from its compost, alive.
From how humans put themselves at the service of nature.

written by Elisa Alciati & translated by Laura Fermi