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Ruffino releases three new sustainable wines

Published:  17 May, 2019

Ruffino has “confirmed its commitment to environmental responsibility” by introducing three organic-certified wines, a Chianti, a Prosecco and a Pinot Grigio.

The Tuscany-based business bought Poderi Ducali in 2018, which has over 126 organic-certified hectares in the Prosecco DOC area that produce organic wines. Ruffino said producing the organic Prosecco Treviso DOC, Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC and Chianti DOCG, was “another step” in the sustainable direction it has been on for years. By 2021, 40.7% of the vineyards owned by Ruffino will be organically farmed.

“Protecting the environment and its biodiversity through the use of sustainable practices in vineyard and cellar management have become essential elements for Ruffino over the years,” said Maurizio Bogoni, Ruffino's managing director of estates.

“In 2018, our estates received ‘Biodiversity Friend’ certification from the World Biodiversity Association. We love our land, and the organic conversion process is our commitment to safeguarding the unique places where we are fortunate to work. It’s a natural evolution of the practices we have established in the management of our estates over the years.

“For some time now, our team has adopted precision viticulture, which means that we manage the various vineyards based on the properties of their soil and climate. This has enabled us to reduce significantly the use of herbicides and pesticides, making the timing of our team’s mechanical operations fundamental, as well as the continual monitoring of the health of the vineyards in order to prevent any disease.”

As well as vineyard management, Ruffino ensures all stages of production are eco-friendly.

These include the constant monitoring of incoming and outgoing water to remove all chemical residues in the wastewater using a filtering and purification process consisting of plants grown in the constructed wetlands at the La Solatia, Greppone Mazzi and Gretole estates.

The resulting purified water can then be reused and employed in irrigation and cleaning operations. The same attention is also paid to greenhouse gas emissions, waste management which aims to recycle over 85% of waste materials, and the increased use of energy from renewable sources.