by Enzo Corazzina – A restructuring plan for vineyards has affected more than 65% of Mr. Armani’s holding in the last twelve years. It provides the substitution of the old traditional “Trentina double pergola” growing system for more modern and functional espaliers; the purchase of innovative sprayers, able to distribute plant protection products on vine leaves only in localized zones, in order to reduce their drift into the atmosphere; the adoption of a sort of integrated control: even though pesticides are widely used, they are choosen among the less toxic ones, according to specific regional rules. Last but not least, the gradual expansion of the area in which the method of sexual confusion is used to protect vines from moths. These are some of the tools adopted by Albino Armani in his vineyards in the Adige River Valley aiming to reduce the environmental impact and increase theireco-sustainability.
Moreover, the old technique of manuring was restored in some restricted areas at the back of Trento’s and Verona’s provinces 8-9 years ago, and Mr. Armani has adopted it for two years in most of his vineyards in the Adige River Valley. This technique, commonly employed in the past, nowadays is localized along rows and used especially for younger vines and for those of high quality.
The precious Lessinia cow manure is distributed in the period from late autumn to early winter. As it is mature and full of straw, is particularly apt to produce a lot of humus and to apport important mineral elements and micro-organisms which improve the natural fertility of the soil, allowing, in this way, to diminish the use of mineral fertilizers. The aim of this technique is to increase the soil biological and chemical fertility and to reduce the resort to chemical fertilizers in order to support the animal husbandry of Lessinia, extremely valuable for the conservation of mountainous areas and for the limitation of hydrogeological disarrangement phenomena, which unfortunately are becoming much more frequent even in Triveneto’s area.
[English version by Sabrina Eduardo]