The inclusion of the Soave vineyard hills as an agricultural heritage of global importance was made official at FAO, in the presence of the director general of the organisation, Qu Dongyu, and the deputy minister of agriculture Luigi D’Eramo.
Press release no. 6 of the Soave Consortium
Rome, June 2023 – The official ceremony celebrating the inclusion of the Soave vineyard hills among the GIAHS (Globally Importance Heritage System by FAO in 2002), was held in Rome at the FAO headquarters on 22 May.
The Soave productive district, already among the first in Italy to be recognised as a Rural Landscape of historical interest, today formalises its inclusion among the GIAHS sites, i.e. those agricultural areas in the world that promote sustainable agriculture, away from the industrial processes, and which maintains a close link between the landscape, local products and the associated rural communities.
This path actually introduces a radical change of vision that places man at the centre of the agricultural context, no longer as a subject who disturbs the existing ecosystem with a form of intensive agriculture but, on the contrary, as the main architect in maintaining biodiversity and landscape conservation.
«It is an acknowledgement that makes us full of pride – underlines Sandro Gini, president of the Consorzio di Tutela del Soave, on the sidelines of the ceremony – but also highly aware of the responsibility that we as winegrowers have. We are expected to embrace a time of great change where agriculture no longer assumes only a food function, however noble and vital it may be: agriculture today, through those who work with it, is in fact a means and a tool for maintaining and preserving the environment within which our own lives play out”.
Four pillars that led Soave to obtain GIAHS recognition: the existence of a system characterised by dry-stone walls and lean-tos along the hills; the diffusion of the Pergola Veronese as a typical form of cultivation of the Garganega grape; the presence of historical cooperatives which over the years have allowed a collective and equally distributed growth within the denomination; the drying technique for the production of Recioto di Soave and the first DOCG of the Veneto in 1998.
An acknowledgement that confirms the commitment to keep the founding values of Soave’s identity firmly in place, first of all tradition, rural development, landscape protection and the sustainability of agricultural systems.
In this sense, the work of the Protection Consortium will continue to encourage growing awareness among the production base in several directions: to promote the diffusion of the Veronese Pergola as a form of farming with an identity, compared to other systems; to disseminate guidelines that make it possible to reduce the risk of erosion, also with the use of new technologies; to limit the introduction of elements and materials that are detached from the traditional historical context of Soave; to continue with the Soave advanced defence system, thanks to weekly technical meetings for the daily management of the vineyard; to promote an approach that respects own landscape identity, specificities and morphological characteristics; to continue the work for the maintaining of biodiversity; to set up roundtables relating to the issue of water resource management; to foster the development of experiential tourism strongly connected to seasonality, wine and local products.
Communication & Media Relations:
045.7681578 – [email protected]