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Tenute Loacker, Italy and Austria – Rainer, Christine, Hayo and Franz Loacker

April 12, 2012

Franz, Rainer and Hayo

The Loacker Family has been tending its vineyards strictly according to biodynamic and homeopathic principles since 1979. According to Rainer Loacker: “Since I was a child I have been fascinated by nature. Consequently later in life there was no question for me that I would grow my grapes exclusively in harmony with nature.”

This means that in all Loacker vineyards there would be no recourse to synthetic, chemical methods as remedies to resolve problems. On the contrary, vines are tended entirely on biodynamic lines and only homeopathic remedies are employed to combat diseases. For example, arnica helps to heal damage caused to the vines and grapes by hail, wolfsbane (aconitum napellus) is useful against sudden infections, and silica is used to boost the tissue structure of leaves and shoots. The objective is to enable vines to attain an optimum level of equilibrium and make them naturally hardy and resistant to pests and diseases. Grapes produced in harmony with nature yield the finest, most interesting wines.

Homeopathy and bio-dynamic cultivation methods in wine-growing

All Loacker wine estates are run on bio-dynamic lines, which means that vines are cared for using homeopathic plant protection measures rather than synthetic pesticides. This wine philosophy derives from observation of nature. “Holistic, embracing head, heart, soul and all the senses”, sums up credo of Rainer Loacker and his son Hayo. This credo has a long history, for as a boy Rainer Loacker was fascinated by life on the land. Later he developed a vision: producing wine without the use of chemicals. In the meantime this vision has become a reality. Quick fixes using chemicals in the vineyard and later in the cellar are rigorously proscribed.

Wolfsbane (Monkshood)

Rainer Loacker has been practicing bio-dynamic viticulture since 1979. All interventions in the vineyard are aimed at strengthening the vine’s natural defenses to make it naturally resistant to ailments or stresses. Sulphur and copper sulphate are used in minute concentrations. The vine is assisted through cold snaps and heat waves using homeopathic measures. The most diverse micro-organisms serve to make the vine naturally hardy. Plants and herbs growing close to the vineyard contribute towards improving the natural environment.

Dulcamara (Bittersweet Nightshade)

Long-term studies by institutes including the Swiss Research Institute for Biological Agriculture have recently revealed that the use of bio-dynamic preparations significantly increases the fertility of the soils as well as the variety of species and the formation of humus.

For example the following preparations are used:

1.) Copper sulphate: a mixture comprising 15 % of pure copper as a fungicide against mildew

2.) Sulphur dust against powdery mildew

3.) Micro-organisms to strengthen the vine’s immune system

4.) Homeopathic treatments, for example:

-Belladonna: to increase resistance to infections during hot, humid weather conditions

-Dulcamara: to increase resistance to infections in prolonged wet, foggy and misty weather conditions

-Calcarea Carbonica: before flowering, to further the flowering process

-Calcium phosphate: after flowering when the vine benefits from aid in forming grapes

-Silicea: to optimize the formation of the grapes; furthers suppleness and resistance in shoots

-Sulphur: increases resistance to fungal diseases

-Cuprum Metallicum: regulates the flow of sap

(all remedies used are in homeopathic potencies, that is, strongly diluted)

Arnica

website: www.loacker.net

 

 

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