Innovation Project VITISBIO®

The need to face significant phytosanitary problems in a legislative context that is progressively changing in favour of a low environmental impact agriculture, provides the opportunity for the development of eco-friendly nursery strategies, based above all on the sanitary quality of the production and on the durability of the environmental and economic system in the long term.

As part of the Rural Development Plan 2014-2020 of the region Friuli Venezia-Giulia, Vitis Rauscedo, in partnership with the CREA Viticoltura Enologia of Conegliano, the University of Florence and the Consortium of Collio Wines, proposes an Innovation Project for the development of a sustainable and organic grapevine nursery supply chain with an efficient control of the emerging grapevine diseases.

The intent of the Innovation Project is to experiment innovative methods that maximise the sanitary quality of the propagation material, operating in organic agriculture and developing a nursery supply chain with reduced environmental and economic impact.

Unique grafted vines

The grafted vines by Vitis Rauscedo originate from high quality clonal material, as result of a long and significant selection work, aimed also at preserving a certain genetic variability to guarantee a greater adaptability of the vines in terms of environment and to protect the quality of the authentic Italian product.

The uniqueness of the grafted vine by Vitis Rauscedo is given also due to the careful and thorough post-harvesting selection phase by marking available only the best grafted vines, each viewed one by one, healthy and strong, with a well-formed root system and a perfectly welded callus.

Healthy grafted vines

The best sanitary quality standard is the result of an accurate management of the propagation materials. The fields of rootstock mother plants have been planted in a dry environment, characterised by limited rainfalls in winter and low humidity, while the fields of scion mother plants are situated in the areas typical of the grape variety and with winemakers who appreciate them. The mother plants of each clone homologated by Vitis Rauscedo are kept in the company’s screen house, protected from any biotic or abiotic adversity.

The grafted vines are cultivated in ideal pedoclimatic conditions, that is a suited environment characterised by a good annual rainfall, distributed throughout the year, and by a gravel soil rich in water. In this environment, the grafted vine develops an excellent root system and diseases are not emphasised, and the callus that forms between scion and rootstock does not become dehydrated and is perfectly welded.

Caretakers of the earth

For Vitis Rauscedo, a fundamental aspect of the future vision of the nursery activity is the reduction of the environmental and economic impact of its activity, along with the qualitative improvement of the production. The path taken goes towards the development strategy of a supply chain that respects the agro-ecological system through the reduction of conventional agricultural practices and the increase in the added value of the final product.

This vision developed and matured within the company is in line with the policies of National and European institutions, in view of the new agro-climatic challenges that will increasingly condition the future.
Strong in the knowledge that the preservation of soil fertility, the efficient use of water and energy resources and the environmental protection are distinctive factors of the nursery activity, Vitis Rauscedo has invested in research to maximise the technical and sanitary quality of its grafted vines and the sustainability of its supply chain with the certainty that this significant work provides a solid basis for forging and preserving the nursery activity of the future.