Trento - 18.11.2016

Conference on ''Sustainability and integrated production: perspectives for the mountain viticulture

Sustainability and integrated production, winning binome for the mountain viticulture

Has been held on Friday 18th of November 2016 in Sala Calepini of the Chamber of Commerce I.A.A of Trento, Calepina street, 13 in Trento, a conference entitled ‘’Sustainability and integrated production: prospective for the mountain viticulture.

‘’Sustainability and integrated production go together when talking about mountain viticulture and today can be found also a concrete valorisation  in the resume made by the Minister of Agricultural politics, result of a farsighted  and coordinated work putting in order the protocols ( regarding integrated agriculture) of different Italian regions.’’ This was the comment made by the president of CERVIM, Roberto Gaudio, which has interfered during the conference dedicated  to the same subject, and organized by CERVIM, at the Chamber of Commerce in Trento, of the Consortium ownership of Trento Wines which have set among their objectives the perspectives of the mountain viticulture.

‘’Has been a very important event  - Gaudio added – where have been discussed subjects of high technical importance and in which have been mentioned also subjects regarding heroic viticulture. The world of the high altitude vineyards, representing authentic ‘’islands’’ of viticulture biodiversity which find themselves under the risk of disappearing because of the high costs of production.’’ The conference from Trento  has been one of the preparation points for the Fifth International Congress of Mountain Viticulture which will be held in Conegliano (Treviso) from 29th of March and 1st of April 2017, organized by CERVIM together with CREA (Viticulture Research Centre), Ownership Consortium of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Wine.

In the opening has confronted the subject of sustainability as a fundamental element of a viticulture that appreciates the environment, senator Franco Panizza, supervisor of the law that aimes to discipline the vineyard cultivation and the production and the commerce of the wine, approved by the Parliament. Panizza has also reminded that article one from the norms, recognizes the wine , the vineyard and the cultivated territories as a fundament of the Italian cultural patrimony.

During his intervention, Giuseppe Ciotti from the General Direction of Rural Development of Mipaaf has been underlined as << in the wine sector as in any other productive activity, the application of sustainability models is already a pre-required fact. The Mipaaf and the agricultural assessors of the autonomic regions and provinces have implemented the national quality system of integrated production – SQNPI – which became fully operational in 2016, to put in evidence and to guarantee the sustainability of the productivity process of the agro industrial projects with a process based on a concrete and scientifically  standard of reference  and also based on the management of a quality system simple and economic. The standard of reference is represented  by the integrated production defined by the rules of the autonomic regions and provinces. This type of rule are expressed exactly  according to the national guidelines and represent the national standard fully embraced also by private operators that work on the transformation and distribution of the agricultural products.

It has been discussed about the reality of the mountain agriculture, even in the case of Trentino which counts10.200 hectares of cultivated vineyards belonging to 7.600 vinicultures with a production that reaches almost 1.3 million of annual quintals equal to 1.3% of the national viticulture production as underlined by Maurizio Boottura, researcher of the Edmund Mach Foundation. Starting with the 80’ the autonomic region of Trento has proved to pay attention to the subject of sustainable viticulture. Beginning with the implementation  of the National Quality System of Integrated Production (SQNPI) Trentino’s agriculture is ready to adopt the new rules and to benefit of the advantages that can follow from this new certification.

Among the technical interventions, the one belonging to Maria Chiara Ferrarrese from Equalitas which has reminded the necessary social, environmental and economical requisites of a sustainable viticulture system; therefore from Barbara De Nardi from CREA-Conegliano, regarding the feedback  offered by the new resistant viticulture varieties; Francesca Ceola regarding the National Quality System of integrated production (SQNPI). Meanwhile at the round table beside Roberto Gaudio, have also interfered Mauro Leveghi, general secretary from the Chamber of  Commerce of Trento; Graziano Molon, director of the  ownership Consortium of Trentino Wines; Renato Martinelli from Autonom Province of Trento  (Agricultural Service) of mountain viticulture.