A good wine comes from a vibrant ground: if the soils are rich in flora and
fauna, the vine root system will be in balance and produce better.
But how to "measure" this
The Biopass Project (acronym for Biodiversità, Paesaggio,
Ambiente, Suolo e Società, i.e. Biodiversity, Landscape,
Environment, Soil and Society) is the solution. Carried out by the SATA Agronomy Agency, this sensory research aims at creating a real
"identity card" of every single parcel, which confirms the
goodness of our actions and helps us better manage the vineyard ecosystem. Some
fellow producers requested the analysis of some plots, but for us it was
important to have a complete mapping and to examine in detail all Ronco Calino
The study consisted of a first visual soil assessment by taking samples
from a root-deep excavation. The agronomists
analyzed structure, texture, porosity, color, presence of surface stagnation
zones, crust, erosion, and herbaceous cover.
Then, they focused on measuring copper and organic matter content. The
results are satisfactory: copper residues in the soils are well below the alarm
threshold (100ppm) and decrease with depth, reducing the risk of groundwater
Thanks to what emerged on the organic matter, we identified the most
"suffering" soils and enriched them with organic compost and green
The last stage of the analysis concerned the arthropodofauna, that is to say which
and how many forms of life inhabit the subsoil. Here we made an important
discovery: in one of our vineyards, the only case in Franciacorta, we found the rare and
delicate cosmopolitan pseudoscorpion. The mere presence of such a fragile organism confirms the healthfulness of the soil.
The environment is our first partner in wine production. Therefore, we want to know
the "inhabitants" of the soils and work holistically in the vineyard, respecting that population. More than the nutrients or the site of the vineyard, it is the life that characterizes it that makes the difference.