ORGANIC & SUSTAINABLE FARMING - most of us are long certified organic / biodynamic, a few are not yet although they pursue the principles of sustainable agriculture [lotta integrata] opting for low-impact treatments against the key vine diseases (i.e. 'copper sulfate' and 'bouille bordelaise' as opposed to chemical herbicides / pesticides). Find out about every single Producer's vineyard management at --> Producers & Wines Page)
COMMITTMENT TO ITALY'S NATIVE GRAPES - did you know Italy is home to over 500 native grape varieties? the largest heritage of viticultural bio-diversity in the world. With all the due respect to Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay...there's life beyond them! Escape the International Grapes Boredom and treat yourself with the multi-colored, multi-flavored galaxy of Italy's ancestral varieties.
PRESERVATION OF OLD VINES & OLD PRUNING SYSTEMS - we are against the standardization and mechanization of the vineyard! we believe there's a reason why our ancestors selected unique vine-tending & pruning systems after trials and errors over the centuries, adapting to the local climate, soil and native grapes. We work hard to keep alive those ancient, labor-intensive, all-manual pruning systems, replanting old massale clones, because they yield better wines that are true to our terroir
MINIMUM IMPACT WINEMAKING - when we are about to transform our grapes into wine in the cellar, we are inspired by the look of our fathers, our kids and our clients. We recall all the hard-work we've been doing for months out there in our vineyards. We want to prove it, we want to affirm it. Therefore westrive to produce wines that are as natural and untouched as possible, although still stable enough for long-distance shipment. The vintage permitting, we commit to ambient yeasts fermentation, we never do acidification or de-acidification, no arabic gum, no liquid tannins, no reverse osmosis, zero or very light filtration, zero or light fining with a very conservative, lower-than-average use of sulfites / So2.
STABLE ETHICAL PRICING - our prices are competitive and stable over the years for each respective appellation / category, because they reflect the minimum necessary profit we need to make to keep our wine estates going; we all are family-run estates in business since two, three or four generations, meaning our vineyards and cellar facilities are long downpaid and fully amortized. This makes a difference.
Now...get a glass and judge our wines by yourself! :)