Soil and grapevine leaf quality in organic vineyards of different ages in DO Rioja-Alavesa, northern Spain


Wine quality, soil chemical properties, organic farming, Mediterranean vineyard, wine designation of origin


The soil from three organically cultivated plots in Rioja Alavesa vineyards, specifically in Lanciego (Álava, Spain), and the foliage of their vines were analyzed. The aim of this study was to determine differences in soil and grapevine quality between different aged vineyards. The first 20 centimeters of the soil were sampled and leaves were collected during the growing season. The results show that the quality of the soil in the three plots was optimal and did not differ from reported values of soils from traditionally cultivated plots. The only element found at a lower concentration in the three plots and the leaves was iron. Organic cultivation of vineyards is a viable mode of cultivation and could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contamination by pesticides and fertilizers.


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