Four elements

The environment, or the nature that surrounds us, according to the theory of the first Hellenic philosophers, is composed of the four fundamental elements: earth, water, air and fire.

Earth, solid and luxuriant,  symbolizes primordial matter, welcomes life and nourishes it.

Water, the source of life, becomes a torrent from the spring, then a river until it reaches the sea, overcoming every obstacle it encounters in the course of its journey and penetrating even into the depths of the earth.

Air, intangible, is the vital energy we breathe, without which it would not be possible to live; it can not be grasped and it represents the “cosmic breath”.

Fire, a purifying and vivifying element, contains within itself the principle of life, which springs from its energy.

Our Principles

Earth

Without a good and healthy land we could never grow good and healthy grapes which is the basis for a quality wine. Our policy of respect for the environment naturally starts from the vineyard and includes the use of all possible agricultural production techniques aimed at reducing any polluting effect of agriculture, thanks to the use of cultivation techniques and machinery that reduce as much as possible the use of non-natural products.

Examples of some techniques we use are:

 – mechanical weeding without the use of chemical herbicides;

– mechanical spongoning without the aid of specific products;

– use of atomizers “with recovery” thus drastically reducing the concentrations of use of the treatment products;

 – defoliation of the vineyards in order to increase the circulation of air in the vineyards and thus be able to progressively eliminate the antifungal products;

– progressive conversion of our vineyards towards biological cultivation techniques;

in fact, since the harvest 2017 our organic wine production has started with our “LENOTTI BIO ROSSO”.

Time and market results will influence our future choices. Maintaining an ecosystem as natural as possible, we protect the land and groundwater, our health and that of the people who work in the vineyards and produce more genuine wines.

Water

Water is a very precious commodity, and in the production of wine a lot of it is used (from irrigation in the fields to that necessary in the cellar for washing and cleaning), and has always been one of the first natural resources we have worried about through:

– the use in the vineyards of drip irrigation systems in order to reduce waste;

– the creation of reservoirs for the recovery and reuse of rainwater, avoiding its dispersion;

– a controlled treatment of the waste water from the winery, thanks to wastewater accumulation systems with dilution and cleaning by deposit.

Air

Oxygen is the basic element for life, both for man and for plants, and all CO2 emissions are a threat to his right concentration in the air. This is why we are attentive to CO2 emissions throughout the production cycle through:

– the study and development of a project for the recovery of CO2 naturally generated by alcoholic fermentation;

– use of solar and photovoltaic systems for the production of thermal and electrical energy;

– reduction of the weight of the glass of the bottles: although it is clear that the weight of the bottle does not affect the quality of the wine, it is clear how the weight of the glass considerably influences CO2 emissions from transport, especially long-haul ones , and recovery and disposal operations;

– use of recycled packaging materials especially in glasses and cartons.

Fire

Fire obviously means it as the thermal energy needed to heat and electricity to make the equipment and machinery necessary for production and bottling work.

In our cellar:

– for decades we have installed solar panels on the roofs that use the heat of the sun to produce hot water for washing, cleaning, sterilization and heating, thus saving the use of boilers that would consume energy and produce pollutants;

– since 2015, a photovoltaic system of 161 kWp has been installed on our roofs, capable of absorbing solar energy cleanly and making it available for internal consumption. We are thus able to guarantee total energy autonomy while fully respecting the environment;

– all our buildings are insulated thanks to high-tech insulating materials capable of eliminating possible heat loss;

– rooms for aging wines in barrels and in bottles, which require lower temperatures than normal environmental, were built underground, allowing the exploitation of the natural fresh underground temperature and minimizing the need for cooling .