Sicilia
AVIDE

Avide Vinery is an activity born from a family’s passion.

In the 1882 was bought first vineyard in the area of Mortilla – a little contrada in Chiaramonte Gulfi.

After more than one century, we are working on our vineyards to preserve the main characteristics of each grape.

Across years we focused on the respect of natural balance of vineyards, in particular on the insects relationships. We are working since 2004 without synthetic pesticides, because when you kill all the insects you can be sure that firsts that re-start are nocive insects…

instead, in nature are presents since the sunrise of world, balances that keep under control the enemies of our dear vine.

We did it for our sensibility, but never thought to certified it, until 2016. Then we decided to certify it and we passed (law said it) three years of convertion (even if nothig was to convert….) until 2019, which vintage can use “Organic” word, as in vineyards as in vinery.

We are manteining in these way: autoctonial, safe, and healty (also for our envinroment).

BARONE DI VILLAGRANDE

Mount Etna, Sicily

We are the wine we make since 1727

Our history is closely bond with the Villagrande Contrada’s history. It is an artisanal wines history which ensure a production of wine with the respect for the territory itself, and the people who takes care of it. We do create genuine and artisanal wines which represent the area where we operate, and the land where our vineyards grow. This area is the mountain Etna.

That’s why if you want to have the guarantee of tasting and drinking a mountain Etna’s representative wine, you can drink Villagrande. If you want to know the mountain Etna, you have to drink Villagrande.

The question is why do we respect our territory and people? Because we have received from our ancestors and we want to give to our descendants. We do work every day so that our children can live in a better place than ours. Our philosophy reflects how we treat our land, our plants and our team. We do follow an oriented itinerary which gives value to all that lives around the production system. We observe nature to be inspired.

Puglia
MENHIR SALENTO

Lecce, Puglia

The winery is located in the heart of the historical centre of Minervino di Lecce, situated in the Apulia region of south-east Italy in the eastern part of the Salento peninsula.

Since its inception, Menhir Salento has understood the importance of the territory as an element to be sustained and valued with constant commitment. Respect and protection are the principles that guide company activities with the awareness that only through such care can production continuity, growth and development be guaranteed. The Company operates not only by adopting a sustainable production system and carefully safeguarding the surrounding environment, but also by preserving the heritage of the territory in its entirety. Sustainable agriculture, for Menhir, means to be in harmony with the surrounding environment through the rational use of natural resources, from the vineyard to the cellar.

Campania
TENUTA DEL MERIGGIO

Campania

This part of Irpinia land that divides the Valle del Sabato from Valle del Calore, which for thousands of years has been known for the cultivation of the vine; And it is just here, on the Serra di Montemiletto, about 550 meters away, where lies the Tenuta del Meriggio, in which centre is placed the modern winery.

In the framework of the general IOBC definition of Integrated Production, Integrated Production of grapes is defined as the economical production of high quality grapes, giving priority to ecologically safer methods, minimising the use and undesirable side effects of agro- chemicals and to enhance the safeguards to the environment and human health.

Based on this short definition Integrated Production of grapes emphasises on promoteing production systems that respect the environment, securing a sustainable production of healthy grapes of high quality and with a minimum occurrence of pesticide residues, protecting the farmers’ health when handling agro-chemicals, promoting and maintaining a high biological diversity in the ecosystem of the vineyard and in surrounding areas, giving priority to the use of natural regulating mechanisms, preserving and promoting long-term soil fertility, and minimising pollution of water, soil and air.

Alto Adige
KURTATSCH

Alto Adige

Recipient of various awards internationally, our vineyards are
our most valuable assets. Our steep vineyard sites, situated at altitudes ranging between 220 and 900 meters, are unique in Europe and lend our wines their unique character: early ripening, hot sites for the red wines and high, breezy sites for the whites.

Because quality comes first we work our vineyard under a severe sustainability program.

We do not use herbicides generally, although there are some excecption where it allowed once a year in
a few very steep vineyaards with little vigorosity form our entry level Selection Line.

Generally our principle is to strengthen the vine as much as possible and only if needed to apply plant protection products as little as possible.

Piemonte
Abruzzo
TERZINI

Pescara, Abruzzo
In Tocco da Casauria, close to the Appennino Abruzzese which contributes to generates a dry, mild and windy climate good for viticulture.
We are all located in hilly position 350m above sea level. 40 km from the sea but surrounded by high mountains (Gran Sasso, second highest mountain in Italy and Maiella chain) and directed south-east. So we have all the necessary elements: sun, huge time difference between nigh and day that helps to fix the aroma.
Casauria area is also characterised by a constant wind that helps the viticulture because it drys and clears naturally the grapes from the fungus. As you know we’re not biological so every kind of intervention is conventional but our philosophy is to reduce the intervention as much as we can.

QUERCETO DI CASTELLINA

Toscana, Italy
Sustainable from 1998 and certified organic since 2012 – a boutique winery big enough to cater to sophisticated palates yet small enough to lure the most discriminating.

MARTOCCIA DI BRUNELLI LUCA

Montalcino, Italy
Even if I’ve relatively recently started my wine business (half of 90s), my family is deeply linked to Montalcino and its territory: we have our origins in Montalcino, my parents and grandparents before, have been living here at Martoccia since 1964, they’ve lived in the countryside of Montalcino before this date. The highest respect for our land and territory lead our work and philosophy. Our work is focused on looking for the maximum quality and environmental sustainable approach.

Work on vineyards is conducted from family or winery collaborator, with several manual operations during the whole year, in the period of pruning, green pruning, thinning out of grapes and harvest.

In particular, a first selection of grapes is made in early August and three different manual selections during the harvest time, in order to guarantee the requested quality and characterization of each products.

My steady search for quality, brought in time some important steps inside the cellar too, with the will of a traditional method with the support of modern
techniques

IL PALAZZO

DOCG Chianti Toscana
Il Palazzo has an ancient history lasting for 80 years and it has seen three generations of succession to devote his time to agriculture.
Il Palazzo has a very simple approach in that the people in the vineyard and winery work respecting the environment and the territory.

SALATIN

Veneto, Italy Since 1528
Our winery is deeply rooted in its territory, considering that the Salatin family dates back its origins since 1528. The winery, located in Villa di Villa in the North East of Italy, owns 50 hectares of different vine varieties both in the Valdobbiandene and Treviso areas. We have turned into organic since 2016.

Our mission is to make the very best of our grapes and terroir, allowing them to fully express their natural potential. Our faith in sustainable viticulture engages the work in vineyards as well as good vinification practices and energy supply.

Our winery is indeed completely self sufficient in terms of electric energy thanks to our PV panels, providing more than 130.000 kiloWatt a year.
Territory is where our heart and family have their roots, sustainable viticulture is the future we believe in, and quality is the aim that has constantly guided us since the beginning.

LE MORETTE

Garda, Verona
“Le Morette” were considered a sacred animal from the great civilisation of the Etruscans, the first great scholars of the cultivation of the vine, grafts of winemaking techniques and export of characteristics of the vines themselves.
In the vineyard the Azienda Agricola Le Morette has chosen specific working methods aimed at sustainable agriculture, favoring those natural processes that have preserved the “environmental resource”, with great attention to the use of water, favoring flowering and proliferation of numerous species of insects useful for the vineyard ecosystem, maintaining the biodiversity of flora and fauna.
We abide by our 8 simple but fundamental principles, to defend the environment we love and that we want to leave as intact as possible to our children.

BEGALI

Veneto, Italy
Begali The company is family owned. The vineyards, about ten hectares, scattered among the hills and foothills area, are located in a small village called “Cengia”, named after the rocks that dot the hill overlooking the village. “Cengia” is located in the heart of the Valpolicella Classica, at the foot of the hill of Castelrotto, in the municipality of San Pietro in Cariano – Verona. The production is very accurate in all its phases; from work in the countryside than in the cellar, to allow the search for continuous quality improvement. The wines are so rich in aromas and typical flavours of the fertile land and reflect the harmony and the singular characteristics of Cengia.

Tenuta di Corte Giacobbe

Veneto, Italy
It all began with a volcanic eruption – an area exhibiting an extraordinary variety of soil: calcareous, volcanic, and a fusion of both.
It’s very simple: We work as natural as possible in our vineyards ad we don’t use any pesticide and not too much chemical. In some vineyards, were the condition permit it, we don’t use anything at all, like Runcata vineyards. We are naturally protected by the forest surrounding the vineyards, height altitude so not fog that may cause disease, natural wind who helps to dry the vines. We do natural infusion with camomile to fortify the plants and other herbs to fortify it.
The proof of this is that we live in the middle of our vineyards with our children. If you visit our vineyards you see we cultivate our own consumption vegetables nearby… do you think we would do it if we know is not good..? this in my opinion is the best guarantee.
We simply don’t apply for certification because we believe if something really bad were to happen one day we want to be free to save our plants. Like humans, when we are very ill we need antibiotics if we want to recover.