3. Recycling organic matter

Recycling organic matter benefits soil through:

  • Maintenance of soil structure
  • Retention of available nutrients
  • Increasing water-holding capacity
  • Reducing plasticity and cohesion
  • Gradual release of available nutrients
  • Darkening of colour

Recycling organic matter reduces reliance on ‘off-farm’ inputs, can reduce costs and benefits soil health and crop production.
Losses of organic matter will be increased by any activity that increases microbial activity, such as cultivations and nitrogen fertiliser applications.

Best Practice

Organic waste is recycled in the vineyard.

Best Practice

Don’t remove prunings from the vineyard except where wood disease requires removal.

Minimum Standard

Organic waste from the vineyard is recycled, include marc sold to contract makers.