100% Bio – The Batič winery is using a Physics-based Cropping System (PCS) that is opening a brand new chapter in the world of organic and biodynamic winemaking
No one is forced to produce pure, vital wine. Everyone is free to make their own decisions; it is simply a matter of each individual’s conscience and culture.
We have come to the realization that the taste of wine is of secondary importance, while the feeling left after a sip of wine is of primary importance.
Our desire for healthier grapes did not originate from searching for new means of suppressing the disease, but from searching for an answer to the question of how grapevines can live together with the organisms that we call diseases.
In order to achieve this, we have attempted to copy what nature does. Realizations regarding how successful vineyards are in providing self-protection against diseases have led us over and over again to the elements of fire and air.
The beneficial effects of wind and heat in nature provide us with better grapevine vegetation.
The impact that the elements of fire and air have on plants led to the development of the Physics-based Cropping System (PCS) and Batič is the first winery in Europe that is using this system.
The purpose of the PCS is to protect the grapevines. It is used in a way similar to that of classic pesticide sprinklers, in weekly intervals. However, unlike pesticide sprinklers that get rid of pests and diseases by using toxic pesticides, the PCS is operated exclusively by wind energy and is 100% healthy for grapevines and nature.
In contrast to other means of combating disease, the PCS does not operate by killing or getting rid of harmful pests. The PCS acts like homeopathic medicine, it does not suppress pests, but it strengthens the grapevine’s immune system.
By supplying this warm wind at a speed of 150 km/ h and at a temperature of 75 degrees, the grapevines develop more resilient, thick fleshy leaves and the resveratrol content in the grapes increases.
The reinforced leaves act as a physical barrier to harmful pests, consequently enabling us to reduce or even completely eliminate the amount of highly toxic pesticides used to protect the grapevines.
Since the PCS runs exclusively on the basis of warm wind (without using pesticides), the vineyards are able to maintain a large number of their own yeasts/fungi, which later assist in the spontaneous fermentation of grape must after the grapes are harvested.
Using a PCS at the time of pollination will result in a more homogeneous pollination of the vineyards. This is because well-pollinated vineyards are more resistant and less inclined to rot during the harvest. Since the amount of pesticide used is reduced, the grapes are better able to preserve their aroma.
The PCS signifies a new milestone in organic or biodynamic farming since regular use of a PCS can help us greatly reduce (and, in some regions, even completely abandon) the use of preparations to combat grapevine diseases.
Wine made this way is a true balm for your body and soul.
PR article by http://www.batic.si/
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