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In 2012, we chose to cultivate Vèngore, and we faced a dilemma. How to cultivate a vineyard without undermining the delicate ecosystem of the valley?

Many vine rows had been abandoned, and the fields at the bottom of the valley had turned into moorlands. The Cucheiriolo spring was not healthy, its waters dispersed, and the frogs populating its banks risked extinction. Intervening in this environment meant not only preserving its balance but ethically contributing to unleashing its natural potential through proactive agriculture. A rational and scientific approach, which would safeguard the harmony of the context, enlivening the present energies and putting them in the condition to support and help each other.

Our vision of regenerative agriculture is born from the essential interaction between man and nature. Simple but effective practical measures, going beyond the concept of "natural reserve" to embrace organic collaboration. All the elements of the ecosystem work in synergy to make it more abundant, fertile, and biodiverse. Not only do we observe nature in its development, but we increase its natural capital, bringing back to life all the relationships among living beings and strengthening them.

The ethics of the vineyard: towards organic and beyond

In Vèngore, the vineyard is an integral part of a complex ecosystem that we cannot sacrifice in the name of wine production. We act according to strict professional ethics, which limits the interventions to the minimum and inserts them into a broader organic vision. In 2016, we started the organic conversion, including all the 16 hectares of vineyards. We pay particular attention to soil regeneration, grassing the vine rows with essences and legumes, which turn into green manure and fortify the soil. In the vineyard, we prefer manual work not to compact the soil with the continuous passage of tractors. We only use selected organic compost and have banned herbicides, chemical fertilizers, and synthetic products.

Although the vineyard is the heart of our production, the regenerative action undertaken in Vèngore favors sociality and integration among crops, woodlands, animals, and humans. We follow the principles of permaculture, a complete agricultural ecosystem. We preserve the forest surrounding the valley through rational forestry practices, paying particular attention to the protection of tall trees. At the foot of the hills, the ancient meadows have welcomed the cultivation of einkorn wheat (known in Italian as "piccolo farro"), the first cereal to have been cultivated by humans in the fertile Mesopotamian plains. We also allocated 5,000 m² to hazelnuts, native cultivation typical of Piedmont, of which Tonda and Gentile are an excellence of the region. Since 2020, we have expanded the green lung of Vèngore, planting 300 tall trees, which will form a new ecosystem. By the roots of the trees, where the soil is now dry, the humus of the new forest will bring vital lymph, regenerating its bacterial flora and contributing to the birth of a natural and perennial truffle ground.

Our donkeys and ships graze among fields, forests, and vine rows of Vèngore. We have reintroduced them into the ecosystem by looking at the ancient farming traditions of the area. Animals help fertilize the land and regulate the growth of wild herbs, further limiting human intervention.