Natural wine and other thoughts

NATURAL WINE
Once a wine was the result of chance. Good and bad harvests as God sent them to earth.
Then along came industrial wine, the result of the standardisation of the process.
Now it is time for a reasoned return to nature, but not by chance.

There are today, and we are among them, numerous producers who work hard in their vineyards and cellars so that the result of their work is as natural as possible, that is adjusted as little as possible by chemicals or any “ingredient” which is not grapes.

They have shown that there is no need for the chemical industry with its fertilisers, herbicides, anti-parassitic treatments and oenological supplements to produce wines of exceptional quality.

In the vineyard they respect life, the soil and the plants, looking for perfect ripening and healthy fruit. In the cellar they accompany the life of the wines with the objective of eliminating or reducing the use of  substances extraneous to their natural composition.

Their culture tends towards the respect of natural processes, towards interventions with minimum environmental impact, towards making the most of diversity.

The result of this way of thinking is natural wine.


LE CHIUSURE VINEYARD

With the planting of the last vineyard we have increased the number of Groppello vines and today we have almost four hectares with over 18,000 plants.
Groppello represents 45% of our grapes; followed by Barbera which accounts for 20%, Rebo - 15%, Sangiovese - 10%, Merlot - 7% and Marzemino - 3%.


INDEPENDENT WINEMAKERS

We are one of approximately 700 members of FIVI, the Italian Federation of Independent Winemakers, whose aim is to represent the winemaker in the institutions, promoting the quality and the authenticity of Italian wines.
The Winemaker is one of the central figures of contemporary wine. His existence is essential to ensure the consumer has a wine which is strongly rooted in a territory. Because it is not true that all the wines sold in Italy and in the world are linked to a territory and not all the wines that one can drink have a strong brand of typical character and culture. We defend the figure of the winemaker because we are convinced that it is essential for the future of our lands and for that of Italian agriculture.


CARBON FOOTPRINT
Le Chiusure recognizes its responsibility in limiting the environmental impact of its activities and production. For this reason it participated in 2010 and 2011 in a project to measure its carbon footprint, with the aim of becoming aware of it and trying to reduce it.
The Carbon footprint is a measure of the emissions of greenhouse gases in the wine-making company, data that summarizes the impact deriving from the activities carried out in the vineyard, in the cellar and in sales.
Knowing one’s carbon footprint makes it possible to analyze the critical points in the production process and make plans to improve it, both to reduce emissions and to make the agronomic management of the vineyard more virtuous.

The emissions were calculated following the collection of company data according to the scheme of the International Wine Carbon Protocol and subsequently processed using the Italian Wine Carbon Calculator, the only existing reckoning instrument in Italy for the vine-growing sector, perfected by SATA Agronomic Studio (www.agronomisata.it) in collaboration with the Agriculture Faculty of the University of Milan.


VINEGROWERS, PROTECTORS OF THE  TERRITORY

When we started working here, we instinctively chose what seemed to us to be the two most significant elements of the Lake Garda landscape to design our logo: the olive trees and the dry stone walls. In both we felt the strong presence of nature and of man, the makers of the beauty which surrounded us, of that landscape which has often helped transform a day’s work in the fields into a pleasure for the eyes and for the spirit.
After twenty years we understand the reasons for that instinctive choice better.
The landscape of Lake Garda, the nature, our territory are suffering the attack of aggressive construction without precedent and risk being wiped out. 
The profession of the farmer is gradually transforming into a combination of production, protection of nature and management of the land. And, while we recognise the quality of the product as the prime objective of our work, the responsibility we wish to assume in these years is to make our voice heard in defence of the landscape and of nature, not only for aesthetic and cultural reasons but as a vital necessity for us and our descendants.  
From this point of view, producing qualitative excellence today means producing agricultural income which in turn produces protection of the land.


LABELS, IDENTITY IN THE SIGNS OF THE PAST
 
The graphic research which has led to our present labels found its reference in the signs of the past, in the history of the names and the places.
This is also a distinctive sign of our identity, starting with our name Le Chiusure, the place name of the property.
Campei is also the place name of the countryside of Portese where our vineyards are to be found, the name used by the old country folk; and Malborghetto, which is the name of the part of the village where our house is, perhaps alludes to some misdeed in the distant past.
The antique writing on the labels of the Groppello and of the Chiaretto and the land map which shows our house backing on to the ruins of the castle of Portese on the label of Malborghetto, derive from Napoleon’s passage through this region two hundred years ago.


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