Sustainable agriculture and land development and protection

The winegrowing members of the Cantina Sociale di Avio, with the help of the agronomist technicians made available by the cooperative, work daily to enhance and protect the various viticultural areas of the production area under their jurisdiction, which extends from north of Avio to the municipality of Rivoli Veronese. In addition to the enhancement of natural resources, the members' commitment is also aimed at their preservation. Our viticulturists work scrupulously with attention to soil management, limiting the use of phytosanitary products and synthetic fertilizers to a minimum and preferring sustainable agriculture. The water needs of the vineyards are monitored through the use of probes that allow the actual needs of the vineyards to be determined, enabling the correct supply of water to the plants for better quality results, in parallel with water and energy savings.
In addition, for the past twenty years, throughout the Trentino region, the fight against the grapevine moth and cutworm has been carried out with the technique of sexual confusion, a practice that in recent years the Cantina di Avio has also spread to the Verona area. For technological support to vineyard management, the Cantina di Avio uses the Integrated Agronomic Cartographic Platform (Piattaforma Integrata Cartografica Agronomica - PICA), a tool designed by the Cavit Consortium for the collection and processing of data related to vineyard zoning, disease control, production and communication with winegrower members. Cantina Sociale di Avio's commitment to environmental sustainability starts from afar and continues into the future. Energy-saving projects have been implemented (photovoltaic system, energy-saving lamps, rationalization of the use of energy-consuming equipment, electric company car, car charging station available for customers and external users, water saving in winery management, etc.).
Trentino's winegrowers, coordinated by the Consorzio dei Vini del Trentino, have entered into an agreement with the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (research body of the Ministry of Health) in order to define a classification of plant protection products according to their margin of safety: High, Medium, Low.
The protocol generated, which is more restrictive than the national regulation, provides for the exclusion of the products that are most risky for the health of the winegrowers, the territory and their inhabitants, limiting or eliminating the phytosanitary products with the lowest margin of safety.
Since 2017, all wine-grower members have annually achieved the ministerial certification SQNPI - National Quality System for Integrated Production - attesting compliance with the Trentino Protocol. To the checks carried out by CSQA, an inspection body accredited to the certification of vineyards on the basis of territorial control plans, was added the certification of the traceability of the grapes and subsequently of the wine operated by Valoritalia. This has made it possible, starting from the 2019 harvest, to obtain the SQNPI quality mark on the wines of Cantina Sociale di Avio.
Certified wine is the result of numerous steps and checks throughout the production cycle, from the countryside to the stage of conferral to the Cavit Consortium and bottling in-house.

The SQNPI certification national quality system for integrated production

Process certification:
The BRC standard came into being in 1998 in Great Britain at the behest and initiative of those involved in British retail, hence the name "British Retail Consortium." The main intent of the standard was to share experiences on the subject of Food Safety in order to jointly develop a robust system of supplier inspection. The voluntary BRC certification is considered one of the leading international product certifications on Food Safety in the world. BRC certification was first requested by the Cavit Consortium, which also operates and markets its wines in the Anglo-Saxon mass retail market.

The BRC system includes a food safety management plan and is composed of an HACCP system and a food safety plan that details structural specifications for:
• Production environments
• The product and process specifications
• The behavioural standards for the staff
Cantina Sociale di Avio is certified in both plants (Avio and Caprino Veronese) with the BRC system.

Map of probes for monitoring water requirements:

For the past few years, part of our area of responsibility has been controlled from the point of view of water needs, and with the cooperation of Cantina and Consorzio Irriguo Generale di Avio, we manage to avoid water waste and conduct precision viticulture.