The management of our vineyards is done in a respectful manner with our spectacular surroundings. To maintain the biological fertility, we treat with organic compost from bovine cattle, avoiding the addition of chemical fertilizers. This organic compost gives the acids and the microbial biomass that is slowly decomposed by the microorganisms in the soil, providing the necessary nutrients for the vine.
For fighting certain pests and diseases affecting the vine, we use techniques and products used in organic viticulture. As far as possible, we do a preventive viticulture, fighting the pests before they appear. We are always on the fields and we use old but very effective tools, such as planting roses at the ends of the rows of vines. As roses are more sensitive to downy mildew and powdery mildew fungi than the vines, in case of a detection of the disease in the roses, we can fight it before it strikes the vine and deteriorate the harvest.
Another plague by insects in the vineyard is the grape moth. We try to prevent it by monitoring traps to see the number of existing moth and placing sexual confusion pheromones, avoid like this insect population to mate. The use of these pheromones is possible thanks to the isolation in the area that we are, as all the vineyards belong to Bodegas Vegamar. The rest of pests and diseases are fought with sulfur and copper.
To get quality wines we are constantly working in the vineyard, from winter pruning to the harvesting. All jobs are important and necessary to reach our goal, to produce top quality wines. Both winter pruning and green pruning are essential to control the production, in order to keep in the vigor of the plant, the amount and quality of yield. In Bodegas Vegamar we produce around 3-4 kg per plant. Another process that is usually done is thinning clusters: when the plant has a very high production and the quality is at stake, we remove clusters at the beginning of veraison (when the cluster begins to change its color) in order to control the production and quality of the remaining clusters.