Casa Belfi and organic wine

organic wine

abstract and translation by Egle CapilupiOn  8th March 2012 the European Union published the Commission execution rules n.203/2012 concerning the organic wine production procedures on its Official Journal.

By observing these rules, the producers are authorized to use the wording “organic wine” and the relevant European logo, which will be automatically accepted in the USA as well.

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Here are the basic points distinguishing the organic wine from the traditional one :

The organic wine is obtained only from grapes cultivated using organic methods;

In the cellar, procedures like partial cold concentration of the must, de-sulphurization, electrodyalisis for tartaric stabilization, reduction of the alcohol content and the use of cation exchanger to lower the calcium and potassium content, are not allowed.

Some procedures like pasteurization are not permitted to exceed 70°C . and  filtration is made with an opening diameter above 0,2 micron.

Concerning the use of oenologic products, only the natural ones can be used, including selected yeasts, favouring the organic ones.

The use of sulphur is reduced to about 20, 30% of the quantity used for traditional wines.

These are very severe restrictions compared to the past, in order to obtain more “natural wines”.

Concerning our Casa Belfi wines, these paremeters are totally respected. In fact, the sulphur content is even much lower and the pesticides residuals are equal to zero.

This has been confirmed by “VinNatur”, an association of winemakers from all around the world who want to defend the integrity of their territory.

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Albino Armani winery is a working tradition that goes back in time. The first evidence of vineyard ownership was in 1607. Today, Albino Armani vineyards are located in three different Italian regions (Veneto, Trentino and Friuli) and they cover about 230 acres of land. In 1962, the municipality of Dolcè (Veneto) became the winery’s home base; it is located in the southern part of the Adige Valley, a glacial valley characterized by a strong identity. We have a strong bond with the territory where our grapevines grow. To preserve them, each day is a challenge for us and the risk of losing our produce is the guiding spirit that gives us the strength to keep doing our job. Our wines are the exact representation of where the grapes come from and in the same time, they describe their own territory of origin. For example, our white wines have fresh bouquet notes of white flowers, result of temperature fluctuations and constant ventilation typical of the Trentino land; and our red wines, on the other hand are original in character, fresh yet complex, result of the high altitude of the Valpolicella hills.