GIAHS – FAO
Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Site
The GIAHS programme fosters an integrated approach and is based on six criteria which combine sustainable agriculture and rural development. The hills of Soave represent a uniquely preserved agricultural system and area of historic interest within the context of a highly urbanized Veneto region. Going back to Napoleonic times, there is ample documentation of the Soave hills already densely populated with vine. When post-war urban development began, Soave’s vineyards were already protected from new urban zoning. Today, thousands of small vineyard owners still make a living from viticulture and winemaking. Soave was the 53rd site to be given GIAHS status and protection, and now becomes part of a broader interantional project working on the many challenges of climate change and sustainability.
Soave was recognized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for the canopy vine-training, “pergola veronese”, the system of terracing and dry stone walls (also recognized as an intangible heritage by UNESCO), the “appassimento” winemaking and Recioto di Soave Docg. Also recognized is the unique and viable social organization and cooperation between 3,000 vinegrowers and producers.