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Reconnecting the vines to the forest

Sustainable farming

I’ve always enjoyed the forms of the  hills,  they enabled me  look at  various  horizons,  perhaps it is a necessity derived from a  childhood  spent in these places.But  when I was in the plains I struggled to orientate myself  and just  by observing the path of the river  I could envisage spaces that were hidden  from view , and then eventually  with time even the plains became more ‘ spectacular ‘ but only occasionally. The need to reach a summit has been a constant desire for me , and so when I arrived    to Maliosa and reached   Montecavallo  I could enjoy the spectacular views  ranging from the  Tyrrhenian Sea ,the  Maremma , Saturnia, Amiata and Viterbo.

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I do not know how many times I came back to the summit and the snapshots that I took , almost all the same and yet  so different . The  farmland  scenes  more attractive to me, were  the wooded areas   of dissimilar designs that  cover a large part of the territory.

This scene also led me to think about the forest in its primordial origin. The first land plants appeared about four hundred  million years ago and their colonisation of the territories has continued  producing more complex biological systems inside them. Since his  emergence, man has always intervened to limit the plants, preventing them from taking over “his” agricultural land. The agriculture that we observe is still the result of the competition between  man and the trees, our  whole history illustrates  this union, the forest is quintessential nature and the base of the preparatory ecosystem to cultivate. The vine is a liana which once shared a space in the forest attached to other trees. Some examples of ”Vitis silvestris” attached to  trees are occasionally present in the Maremma especially near streams and also at La Maliosa, there are these ancient relics .

Man has ‘ brought ‘ out of the wood these  vines, selecting  within the genus Vitis ,and  above all was  concerned about  good and abundant fruit ; these “Tutor trees” have been replaced by structures with the same  purpose of supporting the behavioural growth  of liana.

The vine begins  a long phase  of shaping  and pruning ( the vine  does  not heal its  wounds , it was not designed to receive cuts ) that limits its viability to few decades .

In most viticultures ,non communicating rectilinear rows are realised and plants are  trained along supports : often the rows are realised  according to the maximum slope of the terrain.

At Maliosa new vineyards are being implemented on three separate areas distinguished by  geology and topography.

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This choice is aimed at enhancing the scenic beauty , to valorise  the historic vines, and to protect  the value of the land, the harmony of plant architecture that maximises the physiology of the plant for best results. It is also an attempt to get closer to the bordering forest and re-establish a dialogue and an  awareness that the forest is the matrix of agriculture.

Lorenzo Corino

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