Come nascono i nostri vini
The bees and honey of Dolegna
From page 45 of the balance sheet and something from Stefano Cosma’s article (but without copying)
“Those who dedicate themselves to beekeeping must also be convinced that bees are of no harm to fruit and grapes; (…) on the contrary, by suggesting the humours that flow from the wounds caused to the fruit by wasps, hail, etc., they determine an effective defence against rotting. (…) Beekeeping and agriculture must therefore be considered inseparable terms of the same activity’.
Antonio Zappi Recordati, “Apicoltura rzionale”, 1938
Bees and agriculture: an inseparable pair. Indeed, bees play a fundamental role in agriculture, favouring the pollination of flowers and consequently affecting the quality of fruit.
Their presence is an important indicator of the health of the surrounding environment. The bee itself acts as a guarantor of the healthiness of its habitat, as certain levels of pollution cause its demise. Bees therefore perform the function of ‘environmental sentinels of the land’ precisely because they are very sensitive to changes in the ecosystem as a result of human action. The decline in their numbers is therefore an indication of a worsening quality of the environment in which we live.
Among the commitments that Venica&Venica undertakes to preserve the biodiversity of the Collio territory is precisely the sensitivity to the world of bees. In order to favour their presence, in fact, for some time now the company has been hosting around thirty beehives in Località Cerò, in an area located between the woods and the vineyards not far from the winery. In addition, another six families (beehives) have been positioned in the vineyard furthest from the main body of the company, in Ruttars.
Our lives and those of the entire planet depend on the tireless work of these insects. Bees are responsible for the pollination of as many as 400 species of plants necessary for human and animal life and are also able to disseminate their seeds in the environment, thus contributing to the maintenance of lush flora.
It is easy at this point to understand their importance and the need for a collective effort to preserve their existence. The joint work of winegrowers and beekeepers can indeed save bees from extinction and improve the health of the environment at the same time!
The presence of these insects in the vineyard becomes a tangible sign of the use of eco-sustainable processes and the absence of chemicals and, like any other element of biodiversity, is synonymous with product safety.
In addition, the benefits that the presence of bees brings to our grapes are also fundamental: the action of these insects acts as a yeast carrier on the skin of the fruit and helps, through the healing effect that is carried out on the berry, to keep diseases such as acid rot and wounds caused by atmospheric agents such as hail under control.
In vineyards with beehives, the ability of the plants to increase grape production has been observed, particularly in rainy years. This is because the bee also acts as a pollinator in vine plants. Furthermore, by acting as a yeast carrier, fermentations in the cellar are more regular.
So, long live the bees and their meticulous and tireless work!