Salcheto – the only energy self sufficient winery in Italy
This years harvest was an important one for Salcheto. The 2011 vintage was harvested, is being and will be vinified without any use of fossil fuels! In fact Salcheto managed to cut itself off from the national grid this year and is now wholly self sufficient for its energy needs.
Salcheto have achieved this in part by reducing their need for electricity through innovative energy saving tenchniques such as solar collectors, vertical gardens and the capture and circulation of cool night air to provide air conditioning in the summer. The gases produced during the fermentation process can be used to stir the must.
35% of the energy gained from biomass is obtained from the vines themselves with sustainable hedge, bush and tree management providing the rest of the biomass energy.
Geothermic energy is used through 400 meters of probes buried throughout the vineyards.
Solar energy provides the remaining needs.
Salcheto have created their new innovative winery with accessiblilty for visitors and would welcome anybody who wishes to take a stroll along the paths through the terrain or browse through the visitor centre.
Salcheto have also made the notable achievement of being able to provide the first European Carbon Footprint for a bottle of wine, thanks to a scientific committee established around the company’s projects and coordinated by Prof. Domenico Andreis of Siena University. The result of this research which constitutes a first benchmark for the industry is 2.02 kg CO2 equivalent per 750 ml bottle of wine, first index of such a kind to be certified worldwide inside an inventory based on ISO 14064 standard.
Well done Salcheto.