Sense and sustainability: How wine producers are protecting the environment

As we release our annual green issue this month, we asked wine producers from around the world about what initiatives they have put in place to ensure their wineries are run sustainably.

Stefano Ferrante, chief winemaker, Zonin1821 

“At Zonin1821, we are strongly focused on promoting a green culture. The Tuscan estates in our portfolio, Castello di Albola and Rocca di Montemassi, were among the first in Italy to obtain the Equalitas certification, which focuses on the environmental, social and economic sustainability of wineries, with the support of the UIV – Union of Italian Wine Companies.

The companies must quantify the impact of measurable and objective parameters related to their production activities, taking in biodiversity, pest management, water footprint, carbon footprint, interaction with the community, and the social impact of the company, to evaluate the sustainability status of best practices adopted in the vineyards and winery.

With water saving, our estates use the drip irrigation method managed by the Vintel digital programme, which allows rationalised irrigation based on forecast weather. Special pressure chambers allow the level of hydration of individual vines to be measured, guaranteeing irrigation only when necessary.”

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