In Rheinhessen, vines are cultivated on an area of 26,490 hectares. As a result, the wine industry takes great responsibility for the resource of soil and the protection of precious groundwater.
With natural soil care, fertility can be promoted on its own. How it works? Between the vines, greening with a rich range of 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.
In one fallow, for example, the bee pasture (phacelia) helps regenerate the soil and prepare 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, the 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.