A vineyard of great value both ecologically
and in terms of the landscape

Viña Lanciano, due to its special location, embraced by a meander of the Ebro River, is an unique setting, not only for the cultivation of vines but also due to the coexistence of many types of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and varieties of riverside plants, as it is almost completely surrounded by water. To the south, the natural limit to our vineyard is the El Rincón hill, where the slight elevation affords the estate a unique microclimate.
We actively practice sustainable viticulture in our vineyards, in order to develop the plants' own immunity and create a microclimate for the bunches where air and sunlight can flow freely. This way, through primarily manual practices, we reduce soil erosion and improve its fertility, reduce environmental pollution, limit the use of water and favour the balance of flora and fauna in our vineyard. Therefore, we do not apply any chemical herbicides.


Manual viticulture

Each winter, before the start of the growing cycle, we revive traditional criteria in terms of respect for the plant by pruning with protective cuts to the wood, applying healing products on the wounds to protect them from diseases.
Our field team handles the canopy management manually, carrying out suckering, tipping, leaf thinning and green harvesting by hand, as well as, of course, the final task of harvesting, which we carry out separately, and at different times for each parcel and variety, solely and always by hand.


Controlling and monitoring the growth of the vines

In addition to our weather station, we use aerial imagery and have humidity control points in the vineyard. Over the past five years, we have installed 15 detailed monitoring points, to keep checks on the vineyard and create a historical record of our estate parcel-by-parcel.
This information helps us make decisions throughout the growing cycle about things like pruning, canopy management, the application of manure and the sustainable management of water in the vineyard, through which we aim to create a small amount of hydric stress.


Example of minimal intervention

We manage the soil without herbicides, through solely traditional labour with small implements. We fertilize, when necessary, to make up for the extraction of nutrients, with organic manure and the vine cuttings from our own estate.


Prevention of diseases and plagues

Through pruning, we try to help the plant get stronger and make it less vulnerable. Even so, there are three types of plagues that can seriously damage our vines. To avoid the much feared grapevine moth, we have used biological methods of sexual confusion involving pheromones for over a decade, using an innovation diffusion system that leaves no residue on the vines. In the case of the yellow spider mite, we are helped by the natural predators that live in Viña Lanciano, such as mites, chrysopids, ladybirds and other bugs. As for the smaller green leafhopper - of growing concern due to climate change - capsid bugs and other egg parasitoids that live in our estate help us.



Looking after the native fauna that helps us in our viticultural practices is only one part of this natural ecosystem. We respect green corridors and we have created other spaces to protect small mammals, reptiles and even amphibians. In addition, the presence of wild plants that grow naturally in the rows between our vines is further evidence of our nurturing balance. This environment permits the presence of the typical flora and fauna of groves or riverbanks, as well as being a refuge and rest point for many birds.