This year marks Oscar Green's 15th edition, following the main goal of promoting a more sustainable agriculture especially among those young people who choose farming as their job, a rare choice though it's increasingly regaining ground as a cool way to get away from the urban chaos and its pollution. Coldiretti Giovani Impresa's focus of course is always on enhancing local products with innovative ideas, while at the same time respecting each territory's traditions and peculiarity.
Two out of the six awarded Friulian projects deal with wine and winemaking. Here's the winners' list:
Filippo Bortolon with “B-orto Peppers” (from Gemona del Friuli): the transformation of 300 hot peppers' varieties
“Alc di Bon” (from Aquileia): a chocolate cereal bar made of locally grown products, created by a net of farmers
High School “Il Tagliamento” (from Spilimbergo): a project of social inclusion which aims at employing people with special needs in Azienda Agraria (farming activities) in Spilimbergo
Andrea Muner with “Armo1191” (from Roveredo in Piano): a project for the protection of mountain arnica
Alice Crepaldi with “Cooperativa dei sapori e del gusto” (from Gorizia): a cooperative activity that reinvented itself during the Covid-19 pandemic
Deborah Gelisi with “Terre dei Fradej” (from San Quirino): organic cultivation of native vine varieties in the highlands.
Winemaking gone organic... in the mountains
“Terre dei Fradej” by Deborah Gelisi is a very interesting project that was conceived up in the highlands near Pordenone, at an altitude of 112 metres. In this land with a rocky substratum there can be found 32,000 square metres of vineyards where the native vine varieties Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso and Cabernet Franc – which have been familiar to Friuli Venezia Giulia since at least the past two centuries – are grown. They're particularly resistant to vine's main diseases and that's why they're suitable for organic cultivation: they get pure water from the Parco Dolomiti Friulane – Friulian Dolomites Park (a Unesco site). Vineyards are protected on the northern side by a tall tree forest stretching for 100,000 sq metres, and on the southern side by a 30,000 sq metres extension of grasslands. Wines coming from these highlands will be destined to the Northern European market and put on sale in Venice. Part of the wine (Rosso Mandarino) will be aged in oak barrels and then bottled for the theatre Teatro dell’Accademia in Conegliano (near Treviso, in Veneto): those bottles will be gifted to all artists performing on that stage, thus reaching to other international stages around the world.
Also “Cooperativa dei sapori e del gusto” by Alice Crepaldi, in Gorizia, deals with wine, especially locally grown ones. Its aim is to get consumers closer to producers through different actions: events like pic-nic in the vineyards or in olive tree groves, caterings, food&wine tours in farming facilities, educational activities for families. As all these marvellous activities came to a halt because of the pandemic, the cooperative had to reinvent itself: thus producers adhering to the cooperative decided to begin a free door-to-door delivering of their own products to keep things going.
Cover Photo: all the Friulian winners of Oscar Green 2021. Photo taken from Podere Gelisi's Facebook page