Sustainability

The relationship between man and the land which has developed over the years has lead to the creation of the concept of “terroir”, a term that defines the vineyard in all its morphological, climatic, social, cultural and human aspects.

Knowledge of, and respect for, the environment has always allowed us to infuse more and more of the character of the terroir into our wines.

A modern winery cannot set technology aside, but in the vineyard much of the work is done according to tradition rather than commercial logic. Vineyard management operations like pruning, shoot positioning, leaf and bunch thinning and harvesting are carried out manually to guarantee product quality. Moreover, we have decided not to use weed killers, to reduce the use of agrochemical sprays and to maintain grass cover in the vineyard. Experience has taught us that an healthy soil lets vines develop autonomously the means to fight against pathogens, reacting spontaneously to diseases. They will respond giving their best and channeling their energies into the production of fruit rather than excessive vegetation.

Lis Neris has always had a strong relationship with the vineyard and the surrounding countryside. We live in a natural environment and we do intend ever to forget it.

Ten ways to be sustainable:

  • 1.

    Lis Neris is an authentic family-managed winery, where the family is involved directly in all the production processes.

  • 2.

    The wines are produced exclusively with grapes from our own vineyards along with others managed by us in Slovenia.

  • 3.

    We develop and preserve the environment, controlling CO2 emissions and operating a wide ranging sustainability program.

  • 4.

    We use traditional training systems in the vineyard, in order to nurture the older vines which are capable of exalting the characteristics of the terroir and the ageing potential of the wines.

  • 5.

    The relationship in the vineyard between man and plant is different from other places of work. Each vine is different and needs to be treated in a different way. It is possible to do some initial machine work in the vineyard, but then it is vital to proceed manually.

  • 6.

    We have introduced organic treatments against vine pests and we avoid the use of chemical weed killers.

  • 7.

    The winery buildings are located in the centre of the village. Most of the cellar extends underground and the external part is perfectly integrated into the environment.

  • 8.

    The cellar is planned and built to make the production processes easier as well as to respect the grapes and their evolutionary rhythm.

  • 9.

    The winery is energy autonomous, thanks to solar panels which collect and transform solar power.

  • 10.

    Through information and awareness, the consumer is actively involved in the development and defence of the principles on which a sustainable approach is based.