Steep slopes make our work very challenging.
Usually, we prune the Monfumo vineyard last. But this year, we decided to start here by distributing manure that we had allowed to ferment so as to eliminate any substances that could prove harmful to the soil.
We began by making mounds of manure that we had brought to the vineyard using our bulldozer and had dumped between the rows before spreading it by hand using a pitchfork.
Why do we use manure?
Manure provides the soil with nitrogen, potassium, and magnesium thus giving a good amount of humus to the soil, a essential element in giving the vineyard balance. For us, it’s not a question of production but rather of harmony. The manure helps the soil to renew and increase its fertility. The more microelements that are present in the soil, the more it comes alive. If the soil is alive, the vine will only enjoy growing in it all the more. What we are trying to do is not only nourish the plant but rather nourish the soil first and foremost. The vine comes second in this process. And the vine itself will get what it needs from the soil when it needs it.
Our decision to do this during this time of year isn’t by chance.
How can you tell if the subsoils are alive and fertile?
All you need to do is to take a look and you will find out. It’s the soil’s inhabitants that tell you its condition. The more earthworms, mushrooms, and microorganisms you find in the soil, the more you know it’s alive. The quickest and easiest way to do this is to grub up a plant. The more its roots are extended and evenly distributed, the more the soil is alive. You can also tell a lot from the clods. They should be soft and crumbly and not hard.