SICILY’S OENOLOGICAL EXCELLENCE
KEEPS GETTING GREENER

The first certified ZERO impact winery

Firriato has always had a great sense of responsibility and ability to respond to topical issues that affect the entire global society: from global warming to climate change, from the reduction of the biosphere to the risk of thinning biodiversity. To crown the virtuous process that started from its foundation, which saw it achieve very important results in terms of environmental sustainability, as the whole BIO certified agriculture, Firriato totally neutralized its greenhouse gases footprint on the environment, becoming CARBON NEUTRAL.

Certified Organic viticulture: a certified choice

A company that has chosen to grow vines in such a distinctive natural environment as Favignana, the Aegadian Islands or Contrada Verzella on Mount Etna, cannot fail to attach great importance to environmental factors and acknowledge that the balance of these ecosystems holds a strategic value that will influence every new impulse. The natural beauty of the habitats in which all of Firriato’s agricultural holdings are set, constitutes a value of prime importance to the Di Gaetano family, to be protected and transmitted to the future generations.

Sustainability in vineyard and in the cellar

A viticulture that is so sharp in defining the distinctive and sensory properties of the grapes, must be matched with a wine-producing facility equally focused on excellence and traceability. Everything that happens in Firriato’s winery meets this unconditional principle, from the grapes reception to the labeling of the bottle ready for the market. Everything is controlled to grant to the end consumers an authentic Sicilian wine, certified and safe, that reflects the terroir as well as the excellent sensory characteristics of the grapes from which it was made.

Nido tra i vigneti

The reduction of environmental impact

Taking into account the vineyard life cycle and the amount of the winemaking process is a step foraward to reduce the environmental impact of own activities. The compliance with sustainability principles is based on a deep knowledge of the lands where we decide to grow vine, the raltion between the plant and the ecosystem never the less the variability of climate and soil conditions within the vineyard. This last feature , known as “ precision viticulture” is linked to the choice of the training system and the management policy of the vineyard which in organic certified regime must minimize energetic input.

Bio-Architecture

If the material used for the architecture is in line with the climate conditions of the places where they have been set, it is also in compliance with aesthetic level tending to homogeneity between landscape and what has been realised thanks to the hand of the man , ensuring a significant energy-saving .

I gabbiani di Favignana

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY TIMELINE

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Firriato begins paves the way to agronomic innovation aiming to sustainability and eco-friendly conduct
No more chemical intervention according traditional treatment in the vineyard, but a step towards organic agriculture
Winery becomes sustainable. Best practices based on power saving and recycle
Reducing CO2 emissions. Planting around 6.400 trees in the Trapani countryside
ISO 14001 certification relating the quantification, monitoring in the matter of waste management. Almost all material introduced into the market can be recycled.
Sustainable architecture into the winery to reduce carbon footprint and increase power saving
In the Cavanera Etnea estate, on the Etna volcano, pre phylloxera vineyard is monitored and safeguarded. Scions are taken from these ancient vines for replanting always ungrafted, thus maintaining genetic transmission from the parent plant.
ISO 22005 states the complete traceability of the products from the vineyards to the bottle
Complying with European organic regulation 834/07/ EC, Firriato achieves the BioAgriCert Certificate. A remarkable accomplishment
Preservative restoration of current structures in the Cavanera, Baglio Sorìa and Calamoni di Favignana estates
New photovoltaic installations into the winery
4 ha of wood on the Etna volcano to strive against CO2 emissions
ISO 14064 Certification concerning monitoring and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
Roundtable: 1st International conference “sustainability in manufacturing”- Keynote speaker:Professor Robert.N Stavins, Harvard University,Milano, february 5th, 2015.
DNV-GL 1221/2009 regulation (EC) EMAS system: stating a compliance with the implementation of the best practices to safeguard environmental sustainability in Baglio Sorìa Resort and Cavanera Etnea Resort
EMAS 1221/2009: Certification stating the compliance with the implementation of the best practices to safeguard environmental sustainability in Baglio Sorìa Resort and Cavanera Etnea Resort together with the monitoring and improvement of environmental performance for both wineries of Trapani countryside and the Etna Volcano
ISO 14067: Environmental standards of product stating CO2 emissions linked to Gaudensius Etna DOC life cycle.
ISO14046-1 Water Footprint specifies principles, requirements and guidelines related to water footprint assessment of products, processes and organizations based on life cycle assessment (LCA)
ISO14067 Carbon Footprint Environmental standards of product stating  CO2 emissions linked to Le Sabbie dell’ Etna Bianco DOC life cycle
VIVA Sustainable wine Certification: project supported by the Italian Ministry aiming to improve the sustainability performance analyzing four indicators (Air, Water, Territory, Vineyard)
GHG Reduction 14064-1 Trapani winery: Greenhouse gases reduction certification stating the sustainability performance of the winery
GHG Reduction 14064-1 Etna winery: Greenhouse gases reduction certification stating the sustainability performance of the winery
DNV GL’s Carbon Neutrality Protocol certification for actions taken to neutralize Green House Gas (GHG) emissions through quantification, reduction and offset measures.
Award for sustainable viticulture: Guida VINI D’ITALIA 2021 by Gambero Rosso awards Firriato winery for sustaibale viticulture.

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