activities and procedures
RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
San Simone does not use herbicides and chemical fertilizers. To eliminate as much as possible the use of chemical substances, thanks also to integrated control technique, we have introduced alternative practices in our vineyards such as grassing for the protection of beneficial insects, to guarantee the life of the microfauna, and to create a refuge for hares and squirrels. We also practice the method of “sexual confusion“. The latter is a biological method to combat harmful insects by limiting reproduction through the use of pheromones: “reproductive perfumes” that prevent the male moth from finding and fertilizing the female.
Moreover, the meticulous and constant care of the vine guarantees excellent ventilation and phytosanitary protection for the grape clusters, as well as the monitoring of the climatic parameters (precipitation, temperature, humidity, etc.) through the installation of meteorological sheds. We also started an experiment on a vineyard, in which we have planted only selected disease-resistant vines (16,000 plants of Fleurtai, Sauvignon Rytos, and Soreli). In other vineyards, we have instead started the organic practices to obtain the relative certification.
Sustainability and excellence of the grapes are also pursued by implementing only mechanical processing on the row, using only organic fertilizers with the agronomic technique of green manure on the alternating row with traditional grassing.
The desire for a quality that grows over time finds an important ally in biodiversity. For this, we have planted hedges and 3,000 square meters of forest to recreate areas of development of the traditional trees of our territory.
CLEAN ENERGY, REDUCTION OF CONSUMPTION, AND SOLID WASTE
An important contribution is given by the production of clean energy from renewable sources with the installation of a photovoltaic system on the surface of the corporate roof that allows a reduction of CO2 emissions as well as the correct maintenance of the systems, thermal insulation of the wine vessels and the use of wastewater treatment plant that allows reducing the environmental impact and achieving energy savings. Even the use of light bottles has made it possible to save both on the emissions deriving from the production of glass and from those generated by transport, as well as the use of 100% technical closures in recyclable cork and 100% recycled paperboard boxes.
We limit the use of water only to operations where it is necessary; furthermore, our vineyards do not need irrigation, even in the drier years.
The large production of biomass, mainly resulting from the pruning of the vineyards, is partly initiated for processing.
Great attention is paid to the management of separate waste collection for the recycling of materials.
ACTION AND PROCEDURES
all employees are required to engage in consistent behaviour under GREEN PROJECT in all the activities related to their duties, providing staff training on environmental, safety, and security measures. Energy-saving and the reduction of waste, by-products and waste is at the centre of attention of all those involved.
Green Project is our corporate initiative, but it would be desirable to have a project on the territory not as a mere marketing tool, but as a collective and personal gratification. We all need to have environmental consciousness simply to help stem the damage to the ecosystem and it is clear that it should be addressed on a territorial scale.
In order to reduce the environmental impact, we cannot confine ourselves to our own borders.