Join us today, March 3rd, in celebrating World Wildlife Day. This is the date set by the United Nations General Assembly as the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). World Wildlife Day is celebrated as an opportunity to laud the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. Wildlife has an intrinsic value and contributes to the ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic aspects of sustainable development and human well-being (yes, UNESCO).
At Son Alegre we celebrate World Wildlife Day every day of the year. When we acquired this piece of land, we could see nature but there was not much wildlife to speak of. Now, thirteen years on, we are amazed, excited and grateful every single day about the amazing diversity of wildlife establishing itself on our land. Where we had perhaps a bare dozen of plant species just before we started with our organic way of farming, we now have evidence so far of perhaps eighty different types of flora. Here is what we have classified so far; our list is growing by the day:
Similarly, the fauna too is settling in nicely at Son Alegre. We are thrilled about the heterogeneous collection of bird life on our estate, the variety of insect life and the sheer number of ants, beetles, worms and other invertebrates creeping and crawling as the day is long. We have not indexed our fauna yet but hopefully that by this time next year we will be able to present you with a list of the heterotroph animal life at Son Alegre.
You may wonder what all this wildlife has to do with making wine. Think again. We believe that you get out of your land exactly what you give to it in the first place. Of course, as for the question of how to deal with what you are given to start with, it all depends on your approach. You might elect to give up ploughing, as we have done, or refrain from fertilizing your land with commercial manure or compost like we do. You might aim for an organic way of producing your grapes or even set your sights on an approach by biodynamic principles as we do. We like to do things and practice agriculture on our land the organic, healthy, natural way because we believe that our produce, i. e. the grapes for our wine will be organic, healthy and the best natural way possible, as a result. We trust nature. Nature always knows best, at least in the long run.