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Azienda Agricola Castello di Lispida, Italy – Alessandro Sgaravatti

May 15, 2012

To me, going back to Nature means nurturing the vine and making wine in the traditional way. It also means going back to humanity, simply by getting closer to Nature and listening for the clues Mother Nature gives us, thus undoing the havoc wreaked upon Nature by a century’s industrial unconsciousness.  Anything that man does to the soil upsets its natural balance and therefore should be reduced to the absolute minimum. The soil our vines are rooted in undergoes no sort of treatment whatsoever; we avoid chemical weed-killers and chemical fertilizers. The vine itself forces us to follow cycles that are measured in decades, punctuated by unannounced, almost imperceptible signs from the plant that tell us the vine’s personality and temperament. The vine teaches us not only ancient ways to grow our food, but it also influences our way of looking at things by making us search for the very essence of what’s around us.

It is the love and passion we put into things that helps us to overcome every obstacle or threat.

 “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings” – Masanobu Fukuoka – father of natural agriculture




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