VERONA: “Today being a sustainable entity has become a moral obligation, and we are convinced that the entire production process can only benefit if we can achieve our goals to be sustainabile. We have chosen the right path as is evidenced by Italy’s work towards the development of a national certification that will be recognized at the local level,” said Sabrina Tedeschi from the Tedeschi winery in Verona.
With Italy in harvest mode, the winery has begun to pick the grapes for the 2020 vintage. Tedeschi is among the first wineries in Verona to be certified by Equalitas, a sustainability project focused on wine production. Equalitas has started procedures to address social, environmental and economic issues.
In 2018 Tedeschi decided to start the process to obtain voluntary certification of sustainable practice. Such a process involves examining all aspects of the business with particular attention to ethical issues imposed by certain markets, including the continuation of tradition, but with a vision towards the future while adhering to sustainability from agricultural management to wine production.
Notable among the many requirements is the preparation of a sustainability report in which various data points are analyzed, including an analysis of critical areas as well as the objectives and actions for improvement. The document is freely available upon request to the winery.
Sabrina Tedeschi said that for business like a winery, this new awareness is consistent with a decide and ability to produce products that combine food safety with supply continuity, respect for the environment, appropriate pricing as well as an ability to create value for the customer according to the rules of the market and the sector norms.
In 2019, Tedeschi undertook a 360 degree plan to add biodiversity indicators such carbon balance and water balance to the entire organization and to the winery.
As a result, the decision was made to substitute the bottles destined for Amarone as well as for the Valpolicella cru, Fabriseria and Maternigo, with a lighter version of the bottles, thus reducing the impact from emissions on glass production as well as during the transportation of the finished product. Amarone bottles are normally known for being very heavy.
The winery makes high quality wines including the Marne 180 Amarone della Valpolicella Docg and the Capitel Monte Olmi Amarone della Valpolicella Doc Classico Riserva 2013.
The Capitel Monte Olmi Amarone della Valpolicella Doc Classico Riserva 2105, which is a new vintage that has yet to be released on the market, has already begun amassing numerous positive reviews from Italian wine guides.