21 December 2009
"Temporary" N. Bonaparte
Having toiled and fought our way across the hostile steppes for years, last year we became fully certified organic, a hard won accolade. And by and large, a thankless one albeit with certain satisfaction for ourselves.
Now, we regret to say, we are retreating just a smidgin to sustainability rather than full Organic. So not all the way back to decadent Paris, but perhaps as far as St. Petersburg only.
Economics (the times, the times) and the sheer mongrel nature of weeds has dictated that we perforce must use Roundup once or twice a year.
Unfortunately our Puffing Billy Weed Steamer was expensive to buy and to run, and didn’t really produce the results we’d hoped for. We were then troubled by the carbon we were notching up with the weed-eater (and the collateral damage to vines as well).
So – a small, hopefully temporary backward step. Nothing else makes complete sense just now.
In our case, let it be known sustainable viticulture is not just a catch phrase. We do not use fungicides or pesticides. We will be S.W.N.Z certified, and we are fully committed to healthy soils and ultimately healthy wine.
More on this to come.
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