By Kori ~ April 10th, 2010.
This week’s Wine Word of the Week is sustainable viticulture.
Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Sustainable viticulture is a form of viticultural practice which aims to avoid any form of environmental degradation while maintaining the economic viability of the vineyard. It is defined by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program at the University of California at Davis as “the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Layman’s terms from Kori:
Sustainable viticulture has the same goals as organic viticulture or biodynamic viticulture with one big difference: It incorporates the “scientific method” into the formula. It utilizes the least amount of intervention possible while managing in a way that sustains the long-term health of the vineyards as well as the economic viability of the operation.
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