We can finally announce that we are 100% organic.
This means that all the 340 hectares of arable land, in addition to the 30 hectares of vineyards of the Tenuta di Torre a Cenaia have obtained the certificate of conformity from QCertificazioni, one of the most qualified entities in the national panorama of product certification, compliant with European quality standards (find detailed information at http://www.qcsrl.it/it/certificazioni/biologica/). This is how all our wines, starting from the 2017 harvest, will finally have the organic mark.
For us it is a great pride, the result of a long path. A revolution guided by the philosophy of our company, to write together a sustainable future, more on a human scale. We are what we eat and drink and this important goal is the seal that consecrates the extraordinary quality of the fruits of our generous territory.
Good things need time, in fact if the organic conformity certificate is valid for the entire company (land, agricultural products, wines) from 2018, the commitment that led us to obtain it starts already in 2013. In that year we started the conversion of our vineyards, using raw materials and products authorized by the European regulation for organic production. The regulation provides for a conversion period of three years, a period in which the company cannot use the organic mark but during which it begins to adopt the parameters, both on the land and in the cellar.
Cultivating with an organic method means following a natural cultivation process that, thanks to a scrupulous planning of the vineyard, manages to do without chemistry, in full respect of the vine and the territory. This avoids the forcing traditionally made with chemical fertilizers and systemic pesticides, that is those synthetic plant protection products, whose active principles are absorbed by the roots and leaves, and thus circulated to be distributed in all the components of the plant, including the fruits. The chemical treatments represent a shortcut able to stimulate the quantitative production of the plant more quickly at the expense of quality and just as quickly, impoverish the soil by breaking the relationship between the latter, the plant and the climate, or compromising the natural ecosystem of the Vineyard.
A healthy and balanced ecosystem, guaranteed by the biological conduction of the soil and the vineyard, is the necessary prerequisite for the development of a strong plant, capable of producing healthy, rich and mediating grapes of the typical scents of the terroir, that is the only truly characteristic, and characterizing, of a territory
Organic wine is the result of this method of working in the vineyard and in the cellar, which is a wine whose production follows very specific rules, established by EC Regulation 834/2007. As we have said, all pesticides and synthetic chemical fertilizers are banned. Organic wine is the fruit of this method of working in the vineyard and in the cellar, which is a wine whose production follows very specific rules, established by EC Regulation 834/2007. As we have said, all pesticides and synthetic chemical fertilizers are banned. The process of fertilization and defense of plants from fungi and parasites therefore takes place with organic fertilizers and through the preventive reinforcement of the plant’s immune defenses, for example through targeted and balanced fertilizations, and using pesticides of natural origin such as copper, sulfur and principles active substances obtained from other plants, or using biological control, such as the use of ladybugs and other antagonistic insects of the most common parasites
In the cellar, we proceed in the same way, that is by excluding synthetic chemicals products from the vinification process, in particular, a maximum limit has been established in the use of sulphites, or total sulfur dioxide, at 100 mg / L for dry red wines and 150 mg / L for dry white wines
A clarification is obligatory on this aspect. The threshold currently recognized as the maximum limit of total sulfur dioxide for organic wine by the European Union, in fact, is the result of a long and complex debate among the various member countries; outside of Europe the thresholds change, for this reason maximum attention is recommended and reference is made to the regulations of the individual countries.
We tend to think that organic wine is not as “natural” as biodynamic since it includes a small threshold of added sulphites, mistakenly believing that these other types of wine do not contain any at all. It is a mistake to believe it, because wine naturally contains sulphites, which develop during the natural fermentation processes: it is thanks to these substances that, from ancient times, it was possible to make wine. Endogenous sulfites are therefore also present in wines to which sulfur dioxide has not been added, which has always been used in oenology for its important antioxidant, preservative and antiseptic actions, which are essential to the health and quality of wine.
Therefore the main difference of organic wines compared to traditional wines is that they do not contain synthetic chemicals substances and for this reason they have an indisputable added value: they protect the health of the environment and respect that one of the consumer.