“Organic grape-growing is arduous and requires more hours of manual labor. But it can be done. Since 1998, the fruit of our commitment has been healthy, beautiful grapes. Organic vineyards teem with life. Their robust roots dig deep and they express a real connection with the land. Organic farming is the means but quality is the end.”
General Manager and Founding Partner
Organic winemaking is the natural culmination of a quest to achieve the greatest expression of land. Respect for nature is the best tool for obtaining grapes rich with life and expressive potential. The balance between humankind and nature is at the heart of wines that have a deep connection to the land where they are made. Such wines are unique and cannot be reproduced elsewhere.
What Organic Viticulture means
“Organic viticulture” means that we use only substances found in nature or obtained from nature through simple processes to protect and feed plants in the countryside. No chemical processing or genetic manipulation, no GMO, fertilizers or synthesised chemical pesticides. Organic grapes enjoy a life cycle that doesn’t rely on chemicals.
Biodiversity is encouraged in organic vineyards and the vines grow in a soil that is rich in life.
Grass growing between the rows enables this delicate balance: herbaceous plants also house many forms of insects that control each other, leaving less room for certain parasites.
Thanks to beneficial bacteria the plant can feed better and more naturally on the mineral substances in the soil, developing more resistance to diseases and better production capacity over time.
We assess the weather reports, observe the levels of disease aggressiveness and agree on an integrated protection plan.
Treatments against certain parasites are carried out using only sulphur and copper in their simplest compositions. Against harmful insects we use only natural plant products or bacteria. All precautions are taken to avoid the negative effects of the vicinity between organic vineyards and conventional vineyards.
Barone Pizzini helps to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through a combination of farming practices, a highly energy-efficient winery, and a dedication to being a pioneer in organic wine production in Franciacorta. Barone Pizzini was among the first wineries in Italy to participate in the Ita.ca project, which not only allows it to monitor its CO2 emissions but also makes it possible to measure the environmental impact of the winemaking process.
Organic Viticulture is certified in Italy by bodies accredited by the Ministry of Agriculture. Our wines are recognised by CSQA with the “Organic Agriculture” mark.
For methods applied in the cellar, however, there is no organic certification to date. Therefore we can’t talk about “organic wine”, but only “wine from organic grapes”.
Knowing how to preserve the integrity of the grapes in the cellar, which has been so hard-earned in the fields, is down to the correctness of producers who claim to be “organic”, and is outside any certification scheme.
For this reason we would like to freely share with you the results of analysis carried out on our wines, which attest to the absence of pesticides, fungicides and insecticides.