La Dama: “Il Sovescio” (Green manuring)
Here’s what Gabriele Dal Canale, owner and winemaker at La Dama, tells us: “Already for some years we have been managing the soil of our vineyards with the ancient technique of green manuring (in Italian: “sovescio”). It consists in sowing along the rows of vines a special blend of herbal essences that once grown, produce a beautiful, exuberant meadow full of flowers.
The lawn grows until after the vines flowering then we cut it and bury it in the soil thus determining a number of benefits for the vineyard:
- It increases the natural fertility of the soil by revitalizing the microbiological activity;
- It Improves the physical-chemical structure of the soil and consequently the circulation of air and water in the soil;
- The lawn attracts those insects that are good for the vine;
- It helps increasing the biodiversity
Such agronomic practice has been introduced in our farm when we decided to abandon a number of processes that we considered not suitable for our project (chemical weeding, repeated passages of machines with rotary tools etc.) All these practices, over the time, cause a considerable impoverishment of the soil. The results of “sovescio” (green manuring) are amazing! Walking in the vineyards, when the meadows are in full bloom, is a unique experience that we would love to share with you!”