Driven by the discourse on climate change and species extinction, the methods of sustainable viticulture are increasingly moving into the public eye.
The loss of biodiversity and global warming are becoming increasingly clear as two of the greatest challenges of our time. Viticulture is not unaffected by these developments either. Highly dependent on soil and weather conditions, extreme phenomena such as heat, drought, storms or hail can result in immense crop failures and thus major losses for winegrowers. In addition, some methods of conventional viticulture are likely to contribute to the progression of the global crisis themselves.
For Collectors Wine World, too, the issue of responsibility in viticulture is playing an increasingly important role. In order to integrate our community of Family & Friends into the discourse, we will devote the next few weeks to the most important concepts of sustainable wine business.
Climate change and species extinction are boosting interest in sustainable viticulture
With the disappearance of natural habitats due to human intervention, more and more animal and plant species see themselves threatened with extinction. One reason for this decline in biodiversity is the ongoing intensification of agriculture. Under certain conditions, nature can certainly benefit from the cultural activities of man.
The methods of integrated and organic viticulture think about the consequences of agricultural activities for the environment from the outset. In order to protect nature and use its resources sustainably, the issue of biodiversity is therefore actively incorporated into the management of vineyards.
With species-rich vegetation between the rows of vines, additionally sown wild plant species and an overall close-to-nature cultivation method, sustainably thinking winegrowers set themselves the goal of promoting biological diversity in the ecosystem of their vineyards, mitigating the negative effects of monocultures and continuing to produce wines of the highest quality. By exchanging chemical synthetic pesticides and artificial fertilizers for organic fertilizers and plant or mineral preparations for plant protection, they initiate the change from exploitative to cooperative work with nature.
In order to honour precisely these pioneers among winegrowers for their commitment and courage, we have been highlighting environmentally friendly wines in our portfolio with our BEST-IN-WINE seal since 2019.