Coltura Promiscua in France
19.12.2017, by Bénédicte Gaillard
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This technique is known since the Antiquity.
It still occurs in the vineyards of Alsace, but it is rare: 74ha or 0,5% of the vine production in Alsace.
In Normandie the complantation with apple or pear trees can been found in semi bocage enclosed fields. In Alsace they are found on the vineyards and in Provence they took place on the Lure mountain.
It is not connected to a specific physical geography but rather to the thought that having different types of plantations help each type to grow.
It has almost disappeared today but in the Alsace region some wine growers are still using it and would like that complantation be accepted in order for the Alsace wine to be connected to the territory rather than to the type of vine. Particularly Jean-Michel Deiss, wine grower, is advocating for this method.
It is connected to the traditions of Antiquity.
It is poorly known to the public.
Although it tends to disappear currently, it is a historical practice in Alsace with the vineyards, in Normandie with the orchards (apple trees) and in Provence where the cultivation of cereals took place in the middle of fruit trees.