Le Carline has been involved in organic viticulture since the beginning of its adventure in the world of wine, which dates back almost 30 years ago, and this production and life philosophy has meant that Le Carline has always been synonymous with certified wines organic, vegan and without added sulphites.
Now the time has come to take a further step forward in the field of experimentation and research, a step forward that will take us beyond organic.
It is precisely for this reason that Le Carline has enthusiastically joined the Veneto Region project, put into practice by the Venetian Agency for innovation in the primary sector, which aims to study the agronomic and oenological behavior of the most recent vines in the Veneto territory resistant PIWI (an acronym that comes from the German pilzwiderstandfähig which means “fungus-resistant vines”), registered in the National Register of wine grape varieties, with a view to more sustainable viticulture.
After 3 years have passed since the planting of the vineyard, in 2017 we have the first significant harvest of the grapes obtained from all the varieties planted and foreseen in the project. In collaboration with Veneto Agricoltura, pure micro-vinifications of all varieties were carried out, in order to be able to register them in the Regional Register of wine grape varieties.
A bit of history…
Since the 2000s, these crossing programs have received a notable boost from the information deriving from the sequencing of the vine genome (2007) and from genetic studies on the control of the main traits, including resistance. Today there are around 370 resistant varieties registered in Europe and, of these, numerous are those authorized by the various administrations and actually cultivated in the EU and outside the EU.
Talking about ‘resistant’ vines is a necessity to convey to the public the concept that these vines are ‘different’ from traditional ones, because they need a limited number of treatments and they are vines that adapt well to organic viticulture, because they contain genes specific resistance to downy mildew and, in many cases, powdery mildew. These are obviously different resistance genes for the two cryptogams.
There are numerous vine diseases and for each of these it is necessary to identify the specific resistance genes and work to introduce them, through controlled crossing techniques (traditional and, if we want, natural, given that this is the method that nature uses to create genetic variability useful for plants to face the challenges of the ‘struggle for survival’ (Darwin) or through genetic transformation techniques (cisgenesis or genome editing, according to the most modern visions).
We present our new RESILIENS line of PIWI wines
This name embodies a very deep meaning and the very nature of these wines which have made resilience their distinctive character: they are in fact born from grapes capable of resisting adversity, obtained after various crossings between Northern European vines, which have demonstrated the better characteristics of resistance to fungal diseases and among ancient vines that have always been present in our territory, which allow us to maintain the typical and native varietal characteristics.
“Thanks to the resistant PIWI varieties – states Daniele Piccinin – we have created vineyards which, in addition to the high level of quality, also allow for high environmental sustainability, a theme that has always been at the center of our company mission. In fact, these vines are mainly resistant to downy mildew and powdery mildew, the two vine diseases most feared by winemakers and therefore require only a few treatments”.
Le Carline is associated with PIWI International, an association that brings together the producers of PIWI wines.
In 2019 the line is enriched with a sweet sparkling wine, from resistant PIWI grapes of Aromera and Muscaris. Dessert wine with a bright straw yellow color with creamy and persistent foam. When tasted it offers sweet notes of yellow peach and rose petals, with a perfect balance between flavor and freshness.
In 2022, the first pure wine of the line was also born, the Sauvignon Nepis, and something new is coming…
Our goal was to bring together tradition, science and innovation in the vineyard and cellar:
Our RESILIENS wines are the fruit of this success.