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Controlled environmentally friendly viticulture

In the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, the first wine-growing enterprises began converting to the integrated-controlled system in 1990. At that time, 40 winegrowers from the Palatinate joined together to form the working group "Integrierter Weinbau Pfalz" (Integrated Winegrowing Palatinate); the German winegrowing regions Mosel, Rheinhessen and Nahe followed shortly afterwards. The "Beratungsring Kontrolliert Umweltschonender Weinbau Pfalz e.V.", with currently 55 members on 700 hectares of vineyard area, was then created from the "Arbeitskreis Pfalz". A total of around 1,000 hectares of vineyards in Rhineland-Palatinate are cultivated according to the KUW guidelines.

The aim of the "Controlled environmentally friendly viticulture Palatinate" is to preserve the diversity of species in the vineyards and to produce wines of the highest quality while protecting the natural environment as much as possible and at an economically justifiable additional cost. The basis is formed by three pillars: the use of plant protection products that are gentle on beneficial organisms, targeted, needs-based fertilization and soil care with species-rich planting. The winegrowers undertake to comply with the guidelines in Rhineland-Palatinate laid down by the Ministry and to undergo annual inspections. If the result is positive, a seal is awarded.

All measures correspond in principle to the guidelines or methods of integrated plant protection. See general principles and other organic associations under organic (organic) viticulture.

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