By observing what occurs spontaneously in nature, Japanese agronomist Masanobu Fukuoka, a century ago, developed an agricultural philosophy based on four principles he applied to a ‘natural farming’ approach that works in complete harmony with nature, without polluting it. No ploughing or tilling, because root penetration and the work of tiny organisms like insects, earthworms […]
The organic barley of Vignamaggio was sowed last October and harvested two weeks ago. The combine-harvester in the picture was used the last time in the early ’80s, before vineyards took over the Chianti landscape, to the detriment of the small scale cereal plantations; these plantations played an essential role for the daily […]
This autumn saw the beginnings of an ambitious new project: on sunny uncultivated land on the edges of the vineyards between Vignamaggio and Vitigliano, Vignamaggio’s organic fruit orchard is slowly taking shape. The idea for an orchard originated as an aspiration to diversify cultivation and to move away from the “vineyard/olive grove” duo that has […]
It all begins in the olive groves. An area of 30 hectares with 5000 trees, comprising of traditional Chianti cultivars: Frantoio, Leccino, Moraiolo and Pendolino. The olives are handpicked at harvest time, which usually begins at the end of October. Olive picking is no easy task, especially after the rain when the ground is muddy. […]
This year is a special one for Vignamaggio: Our vineyard area has increased by 40% compared with last year, the quantity of hand sorted grapes will double and we will be celebrating with you, our first grape harvest after our conversion to biological farming. Share!