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Our Path into the Future

The 2030 Alto Adige Wine Agenda

Alto Adige wines are good. “Of course,” you’ll say, having a clear memory of their enjoyment. But “good” is far more than a rating of quality. It is also an ethical rating, and increasing so. At least it is for Alto Adige’s winegrowers who, with the 2030 Alto Adige Wine Agenda, have developed a timetable for a sustainable future.
  
And such a future begins now, and everywhere. Including with the Alto Adige wine industry, which is moving forward with big steps and targeted measures and making its contribution to sustainability – in all areas.

  • Soil
  • Vines
  • Wine
  • People
  • Province

Soil

The soil forms the foundation of winegrowing in the truest sense of the word. In order to preserve it, to care for the soil in a sustainable way, in the future the use of mineral nitrogen fertilizers will be avoided. Wherever alternatives are available, plastics will be replaced by biodegradable materials. Irrigation management will be further optimized.

Vines

The work on and with the grapevines will be carried out sustainably. There will be a greater focus on the pest control practices with, for example, a ban on synthetic weed killers. At the same time, everything possible will be undertaken in order to support biodiversity in the vineyards.

Wine

There will also be a focus on climate protection. Thus Alto Adige wine production will concentrate on a constantly reducing CO2 footprint. And because even that will not, however, be able to stop climate change, winemaking will in addition be adapted step by step to the changing conditions.  

People

In order for all of this to not remain just dim theory, everyone will be brought on board who constitutes the world of Alto Adige wine: the more than five thousand winegrowers, the employees in the wineries, local consulting and research institutions, wine connoisseurs throughout the world, and last but not least the inhabitants of the province on behalf of whom the winegrowers also continue to care for a unique cultural landscape.

Province

New in the Wine Agenda is the goal to build up a regional circular economy which supports both short economic paths and recycling. Finally, what ought to remain from wine production is to the greatest possible extent that which should remain: the wine. Or, to word it better: top wine. In terms of both quality and ethics. The Consortium of Alto Adige Wine gets right to the heart of the central idea: “Working sustainably is ethically a Should and economically a Must – and thus our path into the future.”