SUSTAINABILITY IN VITICULTURE
We strongly believe every economic activity should take care of environmental sustainability.
This is particularly important in viticulture, which is one of the most intensive farming example in the world.
This is why we used all our knowledge to renew the productive process in the vineyards and in the cellar in order to minimize the ecological footprint.
Organic farming is our starting point, but non only….
Non-organic farming activity exploits the land and alters the natural ecosystem, contributing to the disappearance of animals and vegetables who live around the vineyards.
On the contrary our challenge is to preserve and increase the biodiversity in our vineyards.
To do so, in the row spacing we grow cereals and leguminoses to green manure, alternate with wild and flowering officinal herbs.
On the sides of the fields we planted hedges of indigenous shrubbery and trees , to provide a habitat for small animals, flowering for bees and useful insects, berries and nesting sites for birds.
Large areas on the borders and inside the vineyard are cultivated with flowering honeyed plants (melliferous bands) to provide pollen for bees throughout the summer, to promote the pollination of the vine but also of all the surrounding plants.
In this way viticulture can become an active tool to increase biodiversity and return to a balance that is as natural as possible.
We are building a new winery which is an interesting combination of innovation and tradition: it is energetically sustainable and built with natural materials (earth-bricks, wood and glass), really like the ancient cellars.
Energy requirements will be satisfied with a vertical geothermal plant made up of 750 meters of pipes inserted into the substructure which sustains the cellar.
At -20 meters underground there is a steady temperature of 15° degrees in every season, and this warmth can be caught and used to heat or air-conditioning the cellar and the house and to control the fermentation wine temperature in tanks.
This system allows to avoid any fossil fuel in our building and in all our vinification operations.
Geothermal plants enable to save 75% of energy requirements.
A PV plant installed on the roof will provide the remaining 25% of energy (and even more…): so our environmental footprint will become positive.
Waste waters will be purified with a phytoremediation plant, which will also produce bamboo canes used to support the vine baby plants (instead of importing them from Asia).
We will use fossil fuel only for the tractors, but if the Italian law allowed the use of vegetable alcohol as transport fuel, we would be able to achieve zero level of consumption of fossil fuels in agriculture.
PACKAGING AND CONSUMABLES
Together with the reduction of energy consumption, we have chosen recyclable materials for all our production and transportation needs: paper and cardboard, wood, glass, cork and bamboo.