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Sustainability

Respect for the Soil, a non-renewable resource

It takes from 100 to 1000 years to form 1 cm of fertile soil, and 90% of the planet's biodiversity in terms of living organisms resides in its top 5 cm. A global carbon sink, the soil reduces carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to increased resilience to climate change, as well as purifying and regulating water.
Soil Respect was the top priority that led Alessandro Bianchi to give up the building rights on his land to ensure the protection of a valuable and non-renewable resource in the years to come (it is estimated that around 500 hectares of soil are lost globally every half hour).

From Nature to Nature

The distribution in vineyards of organic fertilizers is done through the study of plant vigor. In this regard, vigor maps make it possible to replenish the organic matrix according to the actual needs of the soil, avoiding unnecessary waste, so more homogeneous soils are obtained. Important is the operation of replanting the soil in order to ensure its oxygenation, which preserves the content of organic matter and microorganisms present.
The organic matter distributed has always been of animal origin, and to this is added marc stored for a year to be distributed as a soil conditioner the following year. Controlled grassing mowing in alternate rows are useful agronomic practices to protect phytophagous and entomophagous insects. Dedicated seeding allows working on the chemical aspect of the soil and enriching it through, for example, the use of nitrogen fixers or on the physical/mechanical aspect with the use of species capable of allowing, through the roots, greater oxygenation of the soil or greater resistance to the different passages of vehicles. All these practices together positively affect the fertility of soils and their ability to capture CO2. The BIOPAS Project is one of the systems we use to monitor organic matter always in search of its perfect balance.

Bees, Sentinels of Biodiversity

Bees, a very sensitive species, are an excellent biological indicator. They live peacefully at Villa Franciacorta, in a healthy environment, witnessed precisely by their presence. Investing in their constant replenishment is essential for our survival and the balance of ecosystems: they are also protected and pampered here by planting melliferous species and protected by organic-authorized treatments, taking care to operate at dusk or dawn when they are inside their hives.

Biodiversity

110 ha, of which 45 ha are planted with vines with a view to protecting biodiversity and not homogenizing. The top of the hill of Madonna della Rosa, covered with forest of oaks, heather and junipers, slopes down to the entrance of the winery, in terraces straightened by dry stone walls, destined since ancient times for the cultivation of vines. Hedges, an important shelter for fauna are here and there maintained to protect a wealth of species, necessary for the balance of the place. Even the choice of rooted cuttings different by clone and different by rootstock has as its objective to enrich biodiversity. On the opposite slope, Monte Delma, walnut trees, chestnut trees and arable parts of the flat area facing north enrich the property. Cherry trees and fruit trees in general extend the richness of the place. Biodiversity is also protected in the cellar where indigenous yeasts selected by Nature over the centuries and which Villa Franciacorta has patented and protected have been enhanced. Clones are reproduced every year by the University of Florence and used in the cellar in first fermentation on all bases and in refermentation on some reserves, a fermentation that could therefore be said to be spontaneous but managed according to a protocol that guarantees the absolute quality of the final result.

Organic since forever

Grassing the vineyards and exclusive use of organic manure has always been the philosophy of Villa Franciacorta. Since 1960 organic manure coming from the stable conducted directly by the company, following, organic manure coming from the company to which Villa has arable land conducted. Nothing new then has been done to obtain organic certification starting with the 2017 vintage. What the company has done then, and does, is not greenwashing, giving a "green brushstroke" to its products, services, but a concrete and tangible example of Sustainable Development, a philosophy that has always been pursued in this company.
Biological pest control is carried out by protecting phytophagous and entomophagous insects in order to ensure a natural balance between the plant and the microterroir that hosts it. In addition, the system of sexual confusion, through the use of pheromones, which is completely natural, reduces the use of pesticides and the proliferation of harmful insects to the benefit of species that are useful to the entire system.

Water protection

Let the vines, even in drought seasons, find the water resources they need in the depths of the soils of marine origin, which are grassed, rich in organic matter and thus able to hold up best in the driest years without any need for relief water.
Although this is a historic structure and therefore seems precluded from recovering rainwater, it has been possible to capture the drainage water that collects under the cellar floors and channel it into a storage tank along with the rainwater recovered from the new cellar section.
Water this, drawn and metered through a meter, which is used for washing and cleaning operations of the cellar spaces, yards and for 'irrigation of the gardens. The presence, moreover, for decades of a well, guarantees part of the water needed for the remaining more delicate operations.

Biological from the Beginning

Our commitment goes to the reduction of resource consumption, and electricity is carefully analyzed to avoid unnecessary waste. Particular attention is paid to savings and for that, the hypogean work areas illuminated thanks to energy-saving LED lamps and equipment that reproduce, amplifying it, the sunlight, natural, thus reducing the need for electricity and at the same time ensuring a healthy workplace. In addition, electricity is produced with photovoltaic panels KW 100, is used for the refrigeration systems of the tanks and for air conditioners of the latest generation and for the needs of the entire company. Where not used, it is fed into the grid and sold off.

In every bottle only sustainable choices

In addition, a natural system of sexual confusion using pheromones is used to reduce the use of pesticides and the proliferation of harmful insects to the advantage of beneficial species in the entire system.

Protecting Water

Oenological practices focus on preserving the must from oxidation through the use of natural substances and careful protection of the must through temperature control. The disgorging line is also designed to minimise oxygen contact with the wine. All this makes it possible to limit the use of sulphites in Villa Franciacorta wines with a 70% reduction compared to organic, while guaranteeing the wholesomeness and absolute quality of the wine itself.

3R of Villa Franciacorta

Saving glass Environmental commitment regarding the choice of a lighter bottle produced exclusively at the request and solicitation of the company that allows limiting Co2 emissions, thus a reduced ecological footprint, given not only by saving raw material, but also by the reduced consumption of CO2 during transport.

Recycling glass The use of recycled glass, allows the glassworks to save 3% energy and 5% CO2 emissions.

Reproducing a virtuous attitude thanks to the industrialization of the prototype created at the stimulus of the company, the sustainable approach has now become a driver of new sensitivities, and a concrete example not only of Sustainable Development, but of a Generative Development of values.

The labels, the glass, the caps, everything has to be at a very low environmental cost that affects not only the production phase, but also the disposal phase.

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