Organic Wine in New Jersey?
HVV starts experimentation and research...

Organic wine produced in New Jersey? Dream on! Or -  stop dreaming and start trying...

Hopewell Valley Vineyards is proud to announce that we're moving in the direction of greener and more sustainable forms of agriculture and vineyard maintenance!

Growing healthy grapes in New Jersey's highly humid and wet summer season is challenging  - doing so organically is REALLY challenging!

But we're taking on the challenge - and exploring natural products that still protect our vines from disease and fungal infections while also upholding the best practices for agriculture and the our farm's future.

We hope in the future to be able to offer organic wines, without any sacrifice to the quality and taste you've come to love and expect from our final wine products. 

We are currently experimenting with a new system of organic products to combat vine diseases without the use of traditional chemical applications.

These products were developed by an Italian company and are currently applied by several vineyards in Italy. All products are admitted in organic culture.

The system is based on the principle of maintaining a natural flora of beneficial bacteria on the leaves and fruit in order to discourage the development of bacterial or fungal pathogens.

Very much like using probiotics to protect our intestines from undesirable bacteria and fungi. This also stimulates the plant's natural defenses!

The system includes the following products:

  • Active Top  -  a sospension of lactic microorganisms (non GMO)
  • Biostar Top - a sospension of lactic microorganisms (non GMO). Specially design to fight powdery mildew.
  • Nutri-life - a sugar cane based nutrition for the healthy development of the microorganisms
  • Special Energy - a foliar organic fertilizer based on aminoacids and peptides, the building blocks of vegetal proteins.

These products are sprayed using our current machines. We received our first batch late this summer, so we applied in August and September. 

While we have already experienced great success within the second half of our growing season by using this product, we are excited to start back up next spring to follow and document the product's performance on the vines throughout their growing season into harvest!

Here's to healthy, delicious, high quality, local wine! And the efforts it takes to get there! Cheers! 

› Organic Wine NJ Experimentation

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