Organic and biodynamics
In 2009 we made a family decision to convert all our agricultural and winemaking activities to organic and stop treating phytosanitary matters with herbicides, chemical fertilisers and synthetic molecules.
Starting with the production year of 2015, the agricultural company and the wines were granted the official “organic” certification.
But our organic practices are part of a broader view, which exploits biodynamics to obtain the best instruments for protecting the soil and its fruits, in accordance with an approach with maximum respect and natural harmony. A revolutionary process that we invite you to discover while you explore the Monsordo Bernardina Estate.
The principles of biodynamics were encoded by the Austrian, Rudolf Steiner, the father of anthroposophy, a thinking approach which, from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, led to the re-thinking of many of the scientific and humanistic disciplines. Agriculture was the last topic dealt with by this researcher.
The basics of biodynamic agriculture include:
- understanding of and respect for the natural cycles (such as the phases of the moon)
- use of 8 basic biodynamic preparations to regulate, stimulate and protect the life of vegetation species
- use of compost as fertiliser
- respect for and encouragement of biodiversity, as fundamental for the creation of a healthy, self-regulating ecosystem
- looking for synergy with nature, as against the concept of domestication.
These fundamental ideas give rise to specific agronomic choices concerning management of the soil and the plant:
minimum tilling of the soil, to preserve the balance between structure, micro-organisms and cycle of the organic substance use of green manure between rows to provide organic substance, nitrogen-fixing, aeration and structuring of the soil “soft” pruning of the vine to minimise stress and maximise vascularisation of the plant.