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Salcheto – the only energy self sufficient winery in Italy

December 8, 2011 by Christine No Comments »

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.



The “Green” Evoloution of Salchetto

November 9, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

Salcheto Winery, Montepulciano, TuscanySalchetto is based in the Montepulciano region very close to Siena. The estate stretches over 113 acres 81 of which are vinyards. There are many remarkable aspects about Salcheto but probaby the most outstanding is the simple fact that Salcheto have decided to go “green”, this for a winery is not easily achieved!!

Up until a few years ago Salchetto was like any other winery, they had power supplied by the local power company, they plugged in their computers, they they used air conditioning in summer and heating in winter,  basically they were normal !! However Salchetto has decided to change their ways and become completely “environmentally friendly” As you can imagine this is a huge investment and one which has taken a huge amount of planning, time and money.

Salchetto will use all natural methods of heating, lighting, and airconditioning. There will be no electric lights in the different working areas, but only solar light panels, since they plan to work only during daylight hours. An efficient insulation system, together with many other innovations for example, cooling of the roof by recycled water evaporation will reduce energy consumption. Heating will be provided by using the excess foilage from the vineyards and tree cultivation. Cooling will come from the geothermal exchange of temperature with the soil, a natural and simple system that will bring their tanks during fermentation from 25 to 14 degrees with a small, 1 kilowatt pump.  Of course they will need some electricity to run things. As a result they will use 20 kilowatts of solar energy.

Salcheto Wine Tasting

 Along with the complete reconstruction of their winery they are still managing to produce their award winning wines. Rosato di Toscana, Chianti Colli Senesi, Rosso di Montepulciano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, and the famous “Salco” and “Salco Evolouzione”.  For those of you who aren’t aware of the story behind the “Salco” phenomenon, basically the workers in the winery  kept noticing that grapes from a particular section of the vinyard were arriving in near perfect condition, which is very unusual. After closely studying the grape they discovered that the grape is a native clone of the  Prugnolo Gentile grape.  It’s cluster was well spread and, therefore, better able than others to resist light over-ripening and reach “full maturation.” 1.5 hectars were then replanted and in total just 9000 bottles have been released 5000 were were aged in oak for 18 months and then left to age in the celler for 4 years this is called “Salco” and 4000 bottles were left to age for a further 6 years “Salco Evolouzione” and thus an extrmely rare and particular wine was born.

Salchetto have achieved a huge feat and are to be commended. We look forward to visiting the winery and seeing this amazing achievment for ourselves. Well done!!

Inez O’Shea
“A taste of Italy”



October 24, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

It seems as though when it rains it pours, last week we had a wonderful book launch and this week we have Roberto Bosticcio coming to visit us from Italy. Roberto works for Salcheto and supplies us with “Chianti Colli Senesi”,  Rosso di Montepulciano, Vino Nobile, and the famous “Evolouzione”. 

Salchetto is a winery based in Montepulciano, Tuscany. They are renowned for their excellent red wines. The winery at the moment is undergoing huge renovations, so that the entire winery will be “green” in other words extremely environmentally friendly.  We are very pleased to be associated with Salchetto and we welcome Roberto!!

Inez O’Shea
“A taste of Italy”