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Valpolicella Classico, Veneto, Italy
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Quality & Sustainability

Are at the heart of Behind the Wine

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All winery partners of Behind the Wine have been personally visited, with direct contact with the family. At Behind the Wine you can count on the relationship with the winegrower/family to be direct without the intervention of an intermediary/trader. This is to ensure the winegrower receives a fair price, the information is based on real experiences and Behind the Wine can therefore really stands for the quality of the wine / winery and share their stories.
All wines offered through the Wineshop have been personally tasted and assessed. Prior to this, a tour of the vineyard and tasting took place at the winery. These wines are also tasted on a regular basis to guarantee quality.

More substantive knowledge has been gathered through wine courses (WSET 2+3) in order to assess wines objectively and to better understand the production process.
Behind the Wine believes that the best wines are made from grapes from sustainably grown vineyards. Farmers have 3 ways to limit the use of chemical products (from least to most intensive):
  • Sustainable viticulture: The use of chemical pesticides is restricted (but not prohibited). Wineries are encouraged to develop comprehensive knowledge of vineyard pest life cycles and monitor weather forecasts to predict and prevent a pest or disease outbreak before it occurs. In effect, it is timed when chemical pesticides are needed, and there is no excessive preventive spraying according to a calendar.

  • Organic/Biological viticulture: The grapes are grown without artificial pesticides and fertilizers. However, copper sulphate may be used against fungi. A certificate is required as organic has a legal status in Europe.

  • Biodynamic viticulture: This form of viticulture starts with organic viticulture and goes a step further. It aims to promote the health of soil itself, plants and the end product. In this form of agriculture, viticulture coincides with the cycles of planets, moon and stars. Homeopathic remedies, called preparations, are used to make the soil more fertile, prevent disease and repel pests.