La parola alle aziende09 March 2017

Sustainable viticulture: among italian wineries there's the Cantina di Venosa

To date, the sustainability is a very important global topic, which is now necessary and should not be underestimated, and from which the agricultural field and especially the viticultural field cannot stay away. In the last years Italian customers, other than viticulturists, became more aware of the environmental impact that wine production gives to the territory and showed a crescent interest in sustainable wines. In Italy, among the representatives of the sustainable viticulture, a special mention goes to the Cantina di Venosa, in Basilicata, which was born in 1957 and actually counts more than 500 members. This cellar decided to adopt the principles of the environmental sustainability, so it can produce very high quality wines and at the same times can guarantee to new generations a territory that is still rich in resources and that is free from intensive usage and its consequential impoverishment. This approach was strongly wanted by the president Francesco Perillo to valorise the Lucano territory, which is so rich in viticultural history and tradition. The project of sustainability which is adopted by the Cantina di Venosa, starts from the vineyards and ends in the cellar: between the vines, in fact, it’s employed the pest management against parasites, while in the cellar, the 200 kW photovoltaic systems allows to reach zero carbon dioxide emissions. A 70% recycled glass is employed and, thanks to a modern bottling system, wastes are limited to its minimum. Finally, the employment of vegetal pastes for packaging closes the process of environment protection of this Lucana winery, and so its wine is produced respecting the logic of the sustainability. Wines like Carato Venusio, Terre di Orazio – Aglianico and Terre di Orazio – Dry Muscat, which are very appreciated by the rising sustainable customers group, are fruit of investments that were done by the Cantina di Venosa to safeguard the land that gives birth to them and to make it a future legacy for all the sons of the 500 families that are actually taking care of it. Contact info: