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Environment & Sustainability
At Xanadu our guiding principle in everything we do here is to leave the environment in a better state. We employ sustainable methods in all our practices to ensure harmony with the earth. Today, many options exist for viticulturists to consider a natural form of pest and disease management and at Xanadu our Environment management initiatives include;
Preventative Disease Management
We rely on canopy management to prevent the outbreak of disease. We do this through cane pruning for light crops by positioning the canopy to optimize airflow and light penetration. We also use Sulphur to protect the vines from powdery mildew. Sulphur is a natural product and is accepted in organic production.
We use a system of Integrated Pest Management. This is a holistic approach that requires advanced understanding of the pest and its lifecycle. It promotes control options that avoid the use of synthetic chemicals and instead encourages timely application of alternative control measures. At Xanadu biological fungicides are also used. Fungi can play a role in managing certain ailments with effect vines.
Due to our maritime climate we only apply irrigation when it is needed to keep the vine canopy functioning. We use soil moisture technology. This prevents water wastage without jeopardising the vine health through under watering. This method tells us how much moisture the soil is holding and how quickly it is depleting.