A growing number of people all over the world have become interested in the benefits of organic farming and the idea of vegan living. In the wine industry in Italy, more and more wineries are adopting the techniques of organic farming and becoming certified by the EU and other governmental agencies. The addition of vegan production adds another level of differentiation and appeal to the marketplace. One such winery is the Coop Cantina Tollo, located in the town of Tollo in the province of Chieti in the region of Abruzzo.
Established in 1960, the Coop today consists of 700 growers who produce grapes on 2,700 hectares of land in the Adriatic regions of Abruzzo, Molise and Puglia. However, only about 50 of these (for a total of 200 hectars, all in Abruzzo) are certified organic and vegan. Cantina Tollo’s organic vineyards are situated about 5km from the Adriatic and 25km from the mountains, allowing the vines to thrive in the sea breeze while enjoying the cool evenings of the foothills. These conditions are excellent for organic growing.
Though Cantina Tollo’s organic farming began 30 years ago with production in 1990, organic wines have been undergoing vegan certification since 2016. This will be the initial year that the winery produces and sells a line of organic and vegan wines, a further step in the winery’s program for sustainability. Though not available in the USA until probably the autumn of 2020, these wines will continue Cantina Tollo’s philosophy…
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