The guidelines are part of the wider project “Città del Vino FVG: obiettivo Agenda 2030” and share the same purposes, the main one being sustainability, especially when it comes to the use of phytosanitary products in viticulture, which will be strictly regulated and standardised for all the associates adhering to the Città del Vino FVG network. The research project also aims at improving competitiveness on a regional, national and continental basis, and it'll last 18 months. Friuli Venezia Giulia regional government and the bank Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Gorizia will support the project, which will be coordinated by University of Udine's Department for Agricultural and Food Farming Sciences. «Our wine growing territories have a great value as to wines' quality, landscapes' beauty and for their impact on local economy – said Roberto Pinton, University of Udine's chancellor – But the environmental impact of viticulture must be taken into consideration, considering the European Green Deal which vows to reduce by 50% the use of pesticides in agriculture by 2030. That's why this agreement is very positive».
Eliano Bassi, Buttrio's mayor, thanked the University of Udine for adhering to the project: «They showed that they share our same vision which no longer separate viticulture production from a constant commitment to sustainability. It's a fundamental step for the future development of the wine world here in Friuli Venezia Giulia». Tiziano Venturini, regional coordinator for Città del Vino FVG said: «This project is ground-breaking and will have a positive feedback for those territories who comply with it, and their promotion. Wine lovers and tourists ask more and more for values such as environmental, economical and social sustainability when it comes to choose a place to visit or a product to buy».
The University of Udine will involve local winemakers and institutions to draft the guidelines, and will also cooperate with Città del Vino in the near Veneto region and in Campania, where they already started similar projects.
Here are the 26 cities adhering to Città del Vino Friuli Venezia Giulia: Aquileia, Bertiolo, Buttrio, Camino al Tagliamento, Capriva del Friuli, Casarsa della Delizia, Chiopris Viscone, Cividale del Friuli, Cormons, Corno di Rosazzo, Dolegna dl Collio, Duino Aurisina, Gorizia, Gradisca D’Isonzo, Latisana, Manzano, Moraro, Nimis, Palazzolo dello Stella, Povoletto, Premariacco, Prepotto, San Giorgio della Richinvelda, Sequals, Trivignano Udinese, Torreano.
Cover Photo: Roberto Pinton and Eliano Bssi dsigning the agreement.
Photo taken form Città del Vino FVG official website