What is conventional viticulture?
Conventional viticulture is geared towards economic and technical efficiency. The legal basis results - in Germany - from the EU wine market regulation and its supplementary regulations, the German wine law and the German wine regulation as well as from the guidelines of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).
The use of machinery in the vineyard and cellar is common, and in addition to chemical pesticides and mineral fertilisers, numerous auxiliary substances and additives as well as physical treatment methods are permitted in the course of winemaking. Conventional viticulture combats vine diseases and pests mainly through regular preventive spraying with pesticides, without actually controlling the development of diseases or infestation by pests. Negative effects on the ecosystem in the vineyard are not taken into account.
This form of viticulture is happening less and less