Protecting our vineyards from bushfires

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Burning the sides of our vineyards

Bush fires are a real stress in the summer here on Etna and elsewhere in the southern parts of Europe. Traditionally these fires are a method to make the land more fertile after the cereal crop is picked, or for shepherds to fertilize the land to have fresh herbs right after the summer draught. But these fires are also lit by pyromaniacs.

As most of our vineyards and olive growths are in remote places, we have to pre-burn alongside the plots to avoid the fire from entering the land and damaging crop as well as vines and olive trees. A lot of work and not without danger as well for the fire to get out of control…

Cultivating in the south also means living with and accepting local traditions, good and bad.

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