VIVA: Carpineto receives a certification in sustainable viticulture for the environment
The word “sustainability” is not an abstract concept. It instead highlights concrete, tangible and measurable production processes. Every human action has an impact on the surrounding environment, including viticulture. That is why we at Carpineto adopt rigorous and concrete production standards, far beyond simple principled declarations. This is why we are thrilled to have received the VIVA certification, a program administered by the Ministry of Ecological Transition that measures corporate sustainability through four performance indicators: air, water, vineyard and territory.
The keyword here is measurability. This is how the four elements regarding the production of wine can be verified. In short, air is measured by carbon footprint; water by water footprint; the vineyard by the ecological impact that wine production has on the soil; the territory by the analysis of the link between wine and its territory. These are indicators of which Carpineto has always excelled, producing wines with the utmost respect for the environment and soil. We are far from the abstract concept of sustainability and our production processes speak for themselves.
First and foremost, we use no additives or oenological adjuvants of animal origin, using spontaneous stabilization for our finest bottles – from Crus to Riserva wines – with tests carried out before, during and after bottling. These are process that guarantee wines are free from any invasive treatment. Respect for the consumer automatically translates into respect for the environment and the soil that Mother Nature has so generously given us. In our vineyards we make a siphoned use of bisulfite, well below the limits imposed by law, with phytosanitary treatments for the vine that are entirely environmentally friendly.
All the elements that contribute to achieving the VIVA certification simply confirm – yet again – our commitment to leave Mother Earth better than we found her. And let’s not forget that eco-sustainability does not end in the vineyard. We adopt rigorous production processes even in the cellar, ones that exploit renewable energy obtained from a system of photovoltaic panels of over 150 kilowatts. This means that Carpineto actually has a positive carbon footprint, absorbing 26 percent more of the CO2 released into the atmosphere. This can also be seen in the weight of our bottles in grams. The Carpineto Dogajolo line presents bottles that have gone from a weight of 420 grams to 360 (-14%); the Riserva wines have gone from 600 grams to the current 500 (-17%).
What does this mean? A lower CO2 emission, given that the weight of glass bottles, considering production and transport, is one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the wine industry. Lighter bottles mean yet again a total care and attention to the environment. Here in Carpineto nothing is left to chance and all the elements recalled by the VIVA program are fully respected as is the ecosystem of the vineyard location, which allows us to always give you top quality wines preserving Tuscan identity throughout the world.