The biodynamic method, a choice for our future.
Protecting the land, supporting its vitality and offering its richness to the next generations: at La Raia we farm grapes and fields according to the biodynamic method inspired by the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, who lived at the beginning of the 1900s and was a spokesperson of the anthroposophic movement.
The biodynamic method, which is becoming more and more popular all over the world, encourages to consider the farm as a single organism where human activities are in perfect harmony with plants and animals. The search for this harmony, that goes beyond the biological farming adopted at La Raia in 2002, helps and respects the natural cycles, avoids chemical fertilizers and improves the interaction between soil and the natural elements.
The landscape at La Raia is an extraordinary sample of biodiversity: vineyards, wheat and spelt fields, Fassone cows grazing free, and chestnut and acacia woods that harbour insects and bees. The soil between the rows of vines is covered with grass in order to support the vitality of the soil, essential for the roots that supply the plant with rich nourishments to ensure healthy fruits.
La Raia is a biodynamic farm, Demeter certified since 2007. It is one of the 45 wine certified companies in Italy.
For over half a century the international Demeter trademark has been granting the correct implementation of the biodynamic principles to cultivations and food productions all over the world…
“All of nature begins to whisper its secrets to us through its sounds”.
The biodynamic vineyards
When the leaves have fallen, end of October
When the days start getting longer and during a descending moon. In this way we reinforce the vines and they loose less sap.
WORKING THE LAND
Nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous produced chemically, used as artificial fertilizer
A green manure of grasses and legumes to help develop a deep structured soil with stable humus.
Use of light tools that respect the soil and its micro organisms
Sulphur, copper based systemical chemicals, anti-rotting chemicals, insecticides
Copper in small doses, cave sulphur. Vines growing in healthy soil need less treatments and are less prone to illness
CLEARING BETWEEN THE VINES
Either toxic weedkiller or a heavy tractor with a cultivator that damages the soil
Grasses are left to grow and cut if necessary.
Sheep graze the vineyards
Frequent trimming with a heavy tractor. Less vegetation is available for producing sugar in grapes.
Fertilizer produces excess vegetation
Vine is left to grow and its branches are tied to the trellis.
The absence of artificial fertilizer and a more balanced plant result in less vegetative growth later in the season, hence no need to trim
Spray biodynamic preparations
(horn manure and horn silica) which help the plant orientate itself between
its poles: earth and sun
Cereals, stone round flours and our meat can be bought through portaNatura, the service of selection and home delivery of products, vegetables and fruits produced by La Raia or by other biodynamic farms in the surroundings..