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Buzet co-op invests €100,000 in finding the formula for a wine with no inputs

Jeudi 04 avril 2019 par Vitisphere

“As a user, not having to treat vines is a dream”, said Alexis Hubert. “The sky’s the limit”, added Carine Magot, on 27 March in Buzet, in the grass-cover vineyard.
“As a user, not having to treat vines is a dream”, said Alexis Hubert. “The sky’s the limit”, added Carine Magot, on 27 March in Buzet, in the grass-cover vineyard. - crédit photo : Alexandre Abellan

The Buzet co-operative’s experimental vineyard, called New Age, is a full-scale trial designed to meet the future challenges of producing and drinking wine. “As part of our winegrowers’ prospective reflection, we set ourselves the target of achieving an autonomous, self-fertilising vineyard using no external or other inputs in 50 to 60 years’ time”, sums up Carine Magot, vineyard manager for Buzet winegrowers. The challenge posed by climate change has been factored into the equation: “Like everywhere else, we have concerns about technological ripeness levels, which develop faster than phenolic ripeness…”

11.5 hectares of trials

Faced with the challenge of no longer spraying or fertilising and anticipating more stressful climatic conditions, the Buzet co-operative cellar decided at the end of March to plant 11.5 hectares of organically grown vines on a former 17.5 ha wasteland that it owns (via SCEA Gueyze & Domaines). Representing a significant investment of 100,000 euros, the vines are planted using 30 different methods, each 0.5 hectares in size with 1,200 vines, in order to explore and combine breakthrough vineyard management techniques. Some of them are new and others have already been successfully tested.

 

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