Reply first flowers are a sign that the soil has returned to life

A note from the Barone Pizzini agronomist Pierluigi Donna: Here are the first flowers that announce the vine’s upcoming production. It’s a very delicate phase in which the interaction between all the essences present in the soil and the biodiversity of the organisms become active again after the winter break. With their presence and complexity, … Read more

Organic pizza to pair with biodynamic wine

Above: Le Basi is a company that produces 100% certified organic “zero kilometer” prepared pizza and focaccia doughs. Tomorrow (Wednesday, March 20), from 4-8 p.m., Pievalta will be pouring its Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi at the organic food store Bìos in the town of Monsano (province of Ancona). The Bìos store (no website) is … Read more

San Pietro in Lamosa monastery: a historic monument & supporter of a chemical-free world

Above: Last year, the ancient monastery of San Pietro in Lamosa in Franciacorta was the site of a conference devoted to the effects of pesticides on the health of residents in farming communities. As winery manager Marta Piovani put it in an email to me yesterday, “the monastery of San Pietro in Lamosa is an … Read more

Barone Pizzini, one of the oldest in Franciacorta & an organic farming pioneer

Founded in 1870, Barone Pizzini is one of the oldest wineries in Franciacorta and it was the first estate in the appellation to practice organic farming. Ever since its conversion in the 1990s and the organic certification of all its vineyards in 2001, the winemaking team at Barone Pizzini has remained faithful to its belief … Read more

An interview with BP vineyard manager Pierluigi Donna

Barone Pizzini vineyard manager Pierluigi Donna was born and raised in the heart of Franciacorta and has worked with the winery group since 1998. He recently took time out from his work in the vineyards to chat (electronically) with blogmaster Jeremy Parzen. Jeremy Parzen (JP): Barone Pizzini is not a biodynamic estate. But you often … Read more

Vini di Vignaioli: the organic & biodynamic grape growers fair in Parma

Above: The logo of the Vini di Vignaioli (Grape Grower Wines) fair gets straight to the point. Human + Grape Bunch = Wine. Week before last, the Pievalta winery poured its wines at the Vini di Vignaioli fair held outside of Parma. Vini di Vignaioli means “grape grower wines” and the concept behind the event … Read more