In Rheinhessen, vines are cultivated on an area of 26,490 hectares. As a result, the wine industry takes great responsibility for soil as a resource and the protection of precious groundwater.
With natural soil care, fertility can be promoted on its own. But how does that work? Between the vines, greening with various herbs and flowers offers good living conditions for insects that act as beneficials in the vineyard. By rolling or mowing these herbs, the continuous humus formation is promoted, which provides the vine with nutrients evenly and is necessary for a healthy soil life.
This way, for example a bee pasture (phacelia) helps regenerating the soil and preparing it for new vines. Additional fertilization is only carried out when a soil analysis shows that it is really necessary. In many companies, fertilization is carried out by incorporating valuable organic fertilizers such as compost, pomace or with very specific application of mineral fertilizers.
The aim of such soil maintenance is to promote biodiversity in the vineyard and to preserve the fertility of the soil for future generations.