““We have unveiled the character of each of our vines, and now know how to manage them” Riccardo Tedeschi”
The Tedeschi wine growing methods have always been based on a mixture of tradition and modern techniques, both of which are founded on natural principles.
In 2010 the Tedeschi family started a zoning and characterization program that regarded the vineyards of the Maternigo estate and the Classical area.
Zoning (the pedologiccal study of the vineyard) has been highlighted for years as the point of departure for high quality wine growing. This type of work is demanding and strenuous, but yields important and permanent results.
Research has shown that despite homogeneity of land composition, vines do not always respond in exactly the same manner. For this reason, Riccardo Tedeschi has also undertaken the meticulous task of characterization that permits the analysis of the land and the measurement of the manner in which each plant expresses itself from a vegetative point of view. Once differences have been measured, it is then possible to intervene in a targeted and detailed manner in order to obtain vegetative development that is both uniform and productive across the entire vineyard that also results in a positive effect on the quality of the wine.
Results from zoning have revealed different areas of the terrain that have unique soil characteristics related to orientation, land, organic substrate and drainage. The data have permitted the initiation of a series of interventions targeted to the different zones. For example, cover cropping to strengthen the natural defenses of the vineyard, creating a plan for the control of water stress, increasing the amount of organic carbon content, and enriching the terrain by sowing specific plants and spreading organic fertilizers.
In addition, instruments have been set up to monitor for the presence of pathogenic attack. These instruments, which are specific sensors in the shape of a grape leaf, measure humidity levels and leaf wetness that permit prompt and precise intervention.
The Tedeschi family has also instituted a concerted attack against the grapevine moth and botrytis using targeted bacteria as well as the implementation of natural extracts to combat blight and oidium.
Experimentation has also included growing methods. The objective is to improve vine crown health and sun exposure, important factors for the indigenous varieties Corvina and Corvinone, which suffer from leaf burning.
Continuous research aims to bring the company to be completely sustainable in agronomic management and in the wine production chain and is a clear sign of how the Tedeschi family is strongly tied to tradition and, at the same time, projected towards the future. Today the company is certified according to Biodiversity Friend and Equalitas standards.
Land composition is one of the factors that can influence the aroma of wine. The Tedeschi family, today and in a pioneering move for the Valpolicella region, has undertaken a study of the aromatic character of the vineyards.