By Kori ~ March 27th, 2010.
This week’s Wine Word of the Week is organic viticulture.
Official definition from Jancis Robinson’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 “conventional”, sometimes even called “industrialized” or “chemical” viticulture, by utilizing naturally occurring substances.
Layman’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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