By Kori ~ March 27th, 2010.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is organic viticulture.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Organic viticulture is a system of grape-growing broadly defined as shunning manmade (industrially synthesized) compounds such as fertilizers, fungicides, and pesticides, as well as anything that has been genetically modified. It contrasts with â€œconventionalâ€, sometimes even called â€œindustrializedâ€ or â€œchemicalâ€ viticulture, by utilizing naturally occurring substances.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
Organic viticulture eliminates the use of synthetic products that create toxins in an attempt to build soil, protect the environment, and protect the health of the vineyard employees.
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