Potatura Dossi Salati

Management philosophy

We want our innovation to be based on the solid experience gained through the decades: for this reason we work every day with the aim of combining high-quality wine with the respect for the environment that hosts our vienyards.

Our care for the plants is based on the concept of integrated production. This allows us to reduce the use of insecticides and herbicides and to carry out a more natural cultivation, fostering the ecosystem balance of the vineyard, and consequenlty, the health and longevity of the plants.

Our firm has adhered for many years to the European Union agrifood measures (for example measure F, now measure 214 of the Rural Development Scheme PSR): this has led and will continue to lead to a strong commitment in increasing the quality of our industrial production, in being consistent with sustainable agriculture in rural contexts, as well as in being transparent in the supply chain and obtaining a healthy final product.



Sustainable treatments

Our plant-health treatments are carried out in line with the “National Action scheme for the sustainable use of phytosanitary products”, as provided by Legislative Decree NO. 150 of 14th May 2012 and passed implementing directive 2009/128/CE, with the twofold objective of reducing the risks and impact on human health, on the environment and on biodiversity, as well as fostering integrated protection and alternative approaches or non-chemical methods.

We operate in accordance with production protocols and we resort to the use of pesticides only in case of the obligatory fight against Flavescence Dorée, a serious disease transmitted by vine leafhoppers (Scaphoideus titanus) which spread a deadly parasite in the sap by stinging the leaves of the plant. As for people and land health promotion, one of the intermediate stages we have actively taken to guarantee sustainable production has been to participate in the experimental project in the Grumello production area, whose aim is to tackle this vine leafhoppers by sexually confusing them, that is by spreading in the air the sexual pheromone produced by the female leafhopper so as to prevent the male from locating and fecundating female counterparts.

Moreover, we have decided to reduce the use of dithiocarbamate-based fungides because of the danger of their derivates.

Potatura Dossi Salati

Vineyard Management

We manage the vineyard in such a way as to obtain the best balance between growth and production and better grape quality. To this purpose, our strong points are:

  1. herbicide reduction: weedkiller is exclusively used on the row, only using small amounts of product and leaving grass between the rows.
  2. soil fecundity maintenance: this is a fundamental goal especially in loose soils as in Valtellina. We reach it both with the use of organic fertilizer (manure) – in synergy with slow-release nitrogen mineral-organic fertilizers – and leaving cut up grass on the ground between rows and vine cut up shoots, which decompose and give back to the soil most nutrients absorbed by the plant.
  3. water sustainability: irrigation is resorted to just in case of emergency, following the production protocol;
  4. balanced managing of the foliage: we use “Simonit & Sirch” method for shoot thinning, which allows the plant to occupy also the horizontal space between vines. This method produces an important reduction of the cutting surfaces, guaranteeing sap flow. The final result is twofold: containing the vigour and improving vines growth-production balance.

Grape quality and harvest

Grapes are hand picked and preventive checks on the field are carried out in every single allotment during the final stage of ripening, so as to determine the optimal time for harvesting each plot of land.

As for wine-growers, a control of the strategies to keep the plants healthy has been introduced, making the registers of the treatments and a survey of every vineyard available in view of the harvest.


Packaging

As for packaging we use boxes produced with recycled non-chemically treated paper. Besides, for a few years we have been using lighter glass bottles, in order to reduce the amount of CO2 emitted during shipping.