the completeness of the cycles

Understanding “the silent perfection of being” is the second step. As Voiser stated, "the supreme judges of agronomical methods are not laboratory chemists, but the animals and plants.” The comprehension of this means that there is no better method that that which consists in imitating the perfection of nature itself, and only this method, without ulterior distractions or shortcuts, will lead to long-term equilibrium and self-sufficiency. This will convince us to apply the best natural techniques such as companion planting and mulching, that to fertilise means first to revitalise the soil and that revitalising the soil in its turn signifies a better control over disease and infestations than can ever be achieved chemically.

 The third privilege is understanding the “completeness of the cycles of nature”. In nature, all the biological processes are carried out without waste or pollution, all the time preserving, even improving the fertility of the soil. Understanding the completeness of the cycles means also understanding, for example, that in nature there is disease, but these diseases are in any case governed by the same ecosystem and serve to reinforce the equilibrium. If one comprehends the completeness of the cycles, one also understands “that thinks to improve the work of the Creator is to commit the sin of presumption.” For this, the best agricultural method is that based on the imitation of and highest respect for the forces of nature. Authenticity is precisely this!

Authenticity is, therefore, a process of consciousness which allows us to understand how re-establishing our ties with nature is a basic tenant. The artisanal vintner must take care that the entire process runs in the right direction, that his dependence on chemical products is minimal or non-existent, and that his products are a result of the transformation, in a genuine way, of the forces of nature.