Use of resistance inductors
Throughout the year we work the soil and incorporate natural resistance inductors like brown algae, alfalfa, lemon balm, and essential oils from citrus. The goal is to have healthy grapes by supporting the plant with natural substances and essences which can defend them from stress, disease, and pathogens, and in a certain sense, enhance their natural defense system. All of this is out of respect for the land: our goal is to execute every operation with the least possible impact on the vine, the fauna, and the surrounding environment. Mycorrhizae is also among the substances we use: they are fungi that live in harmony with plants and create a true symbiotic relationship between the fungus and roots. This leads to a profitable exchange of nutrients and also improves the plant’s capacity to absorb water and nutrients. One of San Polo’s research projects was dedicated to the study of completely natural infusions capable of effectively fortifying the vine. They are not pesticides, but rather a support system that improves the general health of the vineyard by increasing the natural defenses of the vine. We are studying the effects, for example, of chamomile extract, brown algae macerates, and calendula, a plant with medicinal properties. These essences are applied to both the leaves and the ground as fertilizer. These extracts are combined based on the desired effect. Propolis is also a natural product perfect for defending grapes from pathogens. It is an oily substance with strong antimicrobial properties that covers and protects the plant.