Herbs to preserve, ceramics to protect. Mega Vineyard Venlo must be fully sustainable and Cradle to Cradle® inspired.
Behind the former Floriade-site is a plot of four acres being prepared for the planting of four thousand vines. That job will be cleared in two days next week sais winemaker René van Druenen.
During the symbolic launch, Deputy Patrick van der Broeck of Limburg and Alderman Stephan Satijn of Venlo planted the first duplicate in a bin, in size represents 0.00015e of the total planting.
In the coming years, Parc Zaarderheiken, grows to become the largest vineyard by far in the Netherlands with fifty acres. In 2015, the first harvest of 6000 liters is expected that harvest will be good for 7500 bottles of wine one year later.
Van Druenen, managing director of consulting firm VitiConsult wine and manager of vineyard De Stad Maastricht has not the ambition to become the largest vineyard in the Netherlands, but rather the most sustainable in the world.
But this isn't as uncomplecated as it seems. Van Druenen wants to develop a sustainable solution for protecting the delicate vines. They are indeed threatened by rabbits and Wallace rats. Van Druenen wants to experiment with a ceramic tube because it is much more durable than the plastic version.
SteinZeug-Keramo in Reuver, producer of sewer pipes, thinks along with Van Dueren. A sheath of pottery is possible, but still pricey therefore they sought an alternative of Accoya wood, which is produced from softwood from sustainably managed forests. Both products are Cradle to Cradle certified, the claypipes are silver certified and the accoya wood is gold certified.
In it's quest for ultimate durability Parc Zaarderheiken gets help of the C2C ExpoLAB in Venlo, the region that bills itself as a leading in the field of Cradle to Cradle®.
A cooperation formed by the agricultural college in Den Bosch and growers in North Limburg, including Alderman Huub Dinghs, investigates the possibilities of a natural replacement of the preservative sulfite. The alternative is composed of herbs.
Where for the preparation of a wine glass 120 liters of water is needed, Van Druenen will do with much less. He uses only natural pesticides and regional fertilizers. The labour around the vineyard is done by people who have a distance to the labor market.
Source: Dagblad De Limburger June 14.