Fiasco was the most popular wine container of Tuscany for centuries, a large glass jug wrapped with straw, which allowed workers in the field to keep the wine fresh.
This high quality bag in box is a contemporary proposal of similar valuable drinking: an easy to carry wine of the best quality, with a long time pouring window once open, and an incredibly positive impact on climate.
There should be a synergy between the earth and all growing things, man included. At Salcheto they try to respect this relationship on a daily basis, as they attempt to maintain a balance with nature through sustainable farming and winemaking practices. These include non-invasive organic and biodynamic growing methods, as well as systematic energy and water conservation.
Ultimately, the goal is to work in an environmentally responsible manner to create the greatest expression of quality and authenticity in their wines. With this in mind, Salcheto hopes to bring romance and passion to the science of fine winemaking, blending time-honored tradition with modern technology. It is a life challenge that they take very seriously, or at least as seriously as young, passionate winemakers can.
Salco, (their most important vineyard and label designate) means willow tree in the ancient Tuscan dialect. Salcheto is the name of a stream that runs through the property where willows once grew in abundance. They have just begun to replant willow trees on the estate in areas not suitable for viticulture. Eventually Salcheto will use the wood for heating, with the goal of creating a sustainable green system at the winery that is 100-percent energy independent.
The 2009-vintage bottlings at Salcheto are the first bottles to appear in the market for which all the associated carbon dioxide emissions from their manufacture through the distribution process will have been calculated. Salcheto has obtained the CSQA certification no. 24378, the first in which a carbon footprint of a bottle of wine was created according to ISO 14064 standards (i.e. the inventory of Green House Gas emissions). The analysis, a true trailblazer for the industry, has produced an index of 2.02 kg CO2 equivalent per 750ml bottle, including not only the work in the vineyard and winery, but also the emissions from obtaining raw materials (glass in particular) and transportation to the final consumer.
This is a milestone of great importance for the wine world as the analysis of the environmental impact, measured in terms of CO2 emissions, is an essential tool to improve the ability to communicate it in a clear, transparent and certifiable manner to the consumer through a simple numerical index. At Salcheto, the path to reduce emissions is already underway and travels hand in hand with quality production of the wines. Starting with the 2011 harvest, in fact, Salcheto will rely on full energy independence, becoming, probably, the first “Off Grid” winery, in the sense of being completely disconnected from traditional power-distribution networks. This result has been achieved by combining, in an integrated way, water recycling and independence, energy savings, and renewable energy sources present in the countryside, not only Solar Photovoltaic but also geothermal and biomasses systems.
We manage our environment… our most important business
At Salcheto, we believe that a company must set itself goals for continuous improvement to its environmental, social and economic sustainability.
Based on this premise we establish a yearly Sustainability Report within the company, based on the EQUALITAS standard management system that is also certified by a third party, carefully taking care also of environmental sustainability based on the following three indicators:
- Carbon Footprint: to control energy and materials directly and indirectly consumed and reduce climate-altering gas emissions.
- Water Footprint: to rationalize the use of water and reduce its pollution.
- Biodiversity Index: in its testing phase, to monitor the biological quality of the soil and of the estate’s ecosystem.
Our continuous search for better interaction with the environment has also led us to:
- Operate an energy independent cellar system (where saving is the primary energy source).
- Conduct and certify our vineyards and our wines according to European Organic protocol.
- Self-produce our fertilizers (by composting) and energize our soils with 500 biodynamic preparations.
- Use wooden materials from controlled sources and responsibly managed forests (FSC and PEFC).
- Purify and recycle 100% of our waste waters (including those issued from spraying machines clean up).
- Adopt a waste management system allowing us to internally differentiate over 98% of them.
We are proud to be the first company in the world to have certified the carbon footprint of a bottle of wine (according to ISO 14064 standard, in 2010).
Today, those analysis are available to any of our wines consumers, thanks to a CO2 calculator that indicates in a dynamic way the emissions related to each bottles consumption, all the way through the location where it is uncorked.
We are also proud to be the first Italian winery to have adopted a Welfare Plan for our employees.
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