Tilia is dedicated to maintaining the best traditions of our rural lifestyle, to caring for our community of family farmers, and to stewarding responsibility in the use of our environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many programs throughout the community to implement this credo. Our Tilia family farmers all live in or very close to their vineyards and often bike to and from work every day.
- Water Management
The desert climate of Mendoza makes water a scarce and precious resource. The Tilia team actively implements and promotes water conservation in the use of drip irrigation and the treatment and reuse of winery waste water for irrigation. Vine water content is closely monitored with pressure pumps to ensure that only the necessary amount of water is given to the plant, helping to limit any waste.
- Water Purity
The water used for irrigation in Mendoza comes from the snowmelt off the Andes. This naturally pure Andean water travels down the mountain in streams and rivers, as well as through the underground aquifer system and experiences a natural decantation which further cleans and purifies it.
The desert, mountainous soils of Mendoza are extremely poor in organic material, a natural advantage to high quality viticulture as vigor and yields are kept low. In fact, soils are so poor that we must reincorporate organic material. This is done with cover crops that release nitrogen into the soil via their root systems. Tilia vineyards are also spread with natural compost from goat manure and used grape lees. Lastly, pruned material is tilled into the soil to add organic material.
Tilia trains its viticulturalists and grower partners in management techniques that minimize the use of pesticides. Through proper use of irrigation, as well as shoot and cluster removal, we can minimize the need for pesticides. In Tilia vineyards the most widely used fungus repellant is copper sulfate, which is a natural substance allowed in organic viticulture. We never use such damaging pesticides as organophosphates The viticultural team also conducts random tests on Tilia vineyards to ensure that proper pesticide limitation is being adhered to
- Pruning & Canopy Management
All pruning is done with very sharp tools which ensure clean cuts, avoiding any wounds to the plant that might require future treatments. In terms of canopy management, the Tilia team ensures that proper leaf and shoot removal is done to have good aeration in the canopy. This helps to keep the relative humidity level low and avoids the onset of fungus diseases that might require chemical treatment.
- Soil Management & Health
The Tilia team recognizes the importance of preserving the natural biodiversity in our soils. As a result we are working with the Organic & Biological Chemistry Department and the National University of Cuyo to devise a program for action and monitoring of this preservation.
The Tilia team knows that the spread of sustainable practices is of the utmost importance for our environment and the sustainability of our viticulture. The entire Tilia viticultural team attends regular viticulture and sustainability training sessions at the National University of Cuyo and National Agricultural Research Institute. They then take this training into the field to share and implement with our grower partners.