In the vineyards
It all starts in the vineyard. Because you can only make good wine with good grapes. Therefore, our farming practices are essential, taking into account all the components of each parcel.
At Domaine de Touraine, we seek above all the natural balance of our vines.That is why we favour observation and prevention over systematic fight of diseases and pests.We encourage the abundance of biodiversity and work dayly to establish a stable ecosystem and to better understand the role of each species present in our vineyards. In our opinion, the richer the natural environment is of fauna and flora, the more the vines will find their balance.
The grass between rows with spontaneous local flora is set up in all of our plots. It helps control the vigour of vines, prevent soil erosion and provide a diverse plant habitat for wildlife. This reconciliation with the natural balance has allowed us for the last 20 years to completely abandon the use of insecticides and significantly reduce our disease-related interventions. Maintenance operations are performed by a careful and meticulous manual work (cutting, deburring, removal of cores). These precautions will allow a better nutrition ofthe grapes and a better control of the vine yields, which ensures the typicity and concentration of our wines. We conduct various tests in the vines such as sprays of decoctions of plants, algae extracts or silica in order to strengthen the immune defences of the vineyard. The willingness of low mechanization associated with the observation of ourecosystem guides us in our choices of intervention and informs us continuously of the peculiarities that compose our terroirs.