Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on April 18, 2010
If you’re a wine drinker, you’re in a powerful position.
Viticulture (the science, production and study of grapes) is a branch of the science of horticulture. “Sustainable viticulture” goes vital steps further and views the vineyard as a whole system which creates a high level quality fruit production reducing reliance on synthetic chemicals and fertilizers to protect the growers, the consumers and the environment. Many conscientious vintners ascribe to this method and produce some very fine wines while pursing a responsible higher goal. Universities and private organizations responsibly teach and encourage these practices.
The UC Davis-based statewide Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP) is an example of the trend towards a worldwide sustainable viticulture focus.
Currently, there are no governing standards regarding sustainable viticulture internationally or here in the United States – alas, if you do a search for “sustainable viticulture” on the FDA website, nothing comes up.
But like I said, the wine drinker has great power. I’ve been to some extremely hoity wine tasting parties. The die-hard wine consumer is demanding and knows what she/he likes. Those educated palates have paved the way for many fine wines to come into their glory. That puts the strength back into “our” hands. We can demand that wineries list their practices that qualify their vino as “sustainable viticulture”, and support those wineries that belong to organizations that are self-governing. This allows the growers and producers to have their freedom, and allows consumers to make enlightened choices.
If we choose wisely, the law of marketing (think profit$$) will “sustain” the business practices for the sustainable vintneries and we will all win.
Learn how to start your own organic and biodynamic viticulture garden. Here is a video from Mike Benziger, explain how to befriend the good bugs, so they can get rid of the bad bugs.
Mike Benziger of Benziger Winery Discusses Organic and Biodynamic Viticulture