28 July 2014

Object sustainability

"Talk about sustainability means before all understand that the vine is an integral part of a largest and more complex ecosystem." (Federico Giotto) 

The interview of Federico Giotto in the article "Object sustainability" published in the magazine Conegliano Valdobbiadene n°2 of June 2014: 

"Talk about sustainability today and in the years to come, will be considered more and more as a necessity rather than a choice of one or another one producer.

The reason of this assertion lies in the large separation that has been created, over the time, between the cultivation of the vine and the natural environment. The Men's will to focus mainly in the production instead of in the protection of the ecosystem in general and its sustainability, led the vine to be an organism increasingly weak. 

Conversely the pathogens that afflicts our vineyards are today more stronger and virulent than those of a time. The reason of this evolution is largely due to an excessive use of chemical pesticides, many of which are now ineffective, which allowed the selection of strains of resistent pathogens and consequently to push the companies, more and more, to research new and more effective principles active. If the chemistry in some areas and circumstances, has been able to provide an efficient support to the production, at the same time has also removed something else. 

The use of intensive herbicides and chemical fertilizers, for example, if from one side allowed the reduction of the manual labor in front of productions always generous, although of discutibile quality, on the other side led to a loss of the vitality of the soil and therefore also of its identity.  

Talk about sustainability, today, means before all change the vision of the things, change our own approach as regards the agricolture. It is necessary, to do so, understand that the vine is an integral part of an ecosystem, an element internal of a larger and more complex organism and that its survival is possible only if it's in perfect harmony with what surrounds it. It is therefore fundamental that our attention is focused increasingly to find solutions in harmony with the nature, rather than focusing uniquely in the search of new principles active. It's necessary take into account the value of the territory and be able to transfer, through its final product, this message to the customer.

In this regard I am glad to live in a place, which is that of Conegliano Valdobbiadene, more and more sensitive to these issues.  More often I see companies and young agronomists and oenologists that have understood that the importance of the sustainability goes beyond the ideology. They have understood that talk about green manure, herbaceous intercropping, composting, perhaps with the reuse of vine shoots or marcs instead of chemical fertilizers, effects not only the "radical-chic" producers of the naturality or those who want cultivate following the organic or biodynamic way. The sustainability, in the near future, will be more and more the pivot around which will revolve the future and the prosperity of this unique product.

But sustainability has to go beyond, looking not only at the vineyard but also at the vinification in the cellar, with a work that allow to valorize the product while maintaining the essence of its terroir. Give origin to a wine that is equal only to itself, without homogenizing vinification schemes, but enhancing its diversity and respecting the environment."