Nature gives us all that we need, it is up to us to create the conditions to allow her to thrive. Like all agricultural practices, viticulture has implications on the surrounding ecosystem and its ability to grow and nurture in the future.
Our vision of organic
We believe that operating organically can no longer be considered a means to an end, but rather a precondition for all agricultural practices. From this perspective, the act of operating according to an organic regime is necessary but not sufficient. This assumption drives us to continuous experimentation with new “best practices”. Thanks to a research partnership with the University of Palermo we have been able to introduce innovative practices, including the analysis of drought stress in vines and the consideration of when to intervene with emergency irrigation; or the introduction of local enemies to fight off the pesty cochineal insect. We have even discovered the benefits of using beeswax as a self-defense mechanism for the vine.
SOStain, sustainability made in Sicily
Tonnino adheres SOStain, an innovative program with the scope of certifying the sustainability of the regional wine sector. SOStain is based on the theory that the impacts of agriculture reach beyond the boundaries of the fields being cultivated, affecting the well-being of workers, the health of consumers, the involvement of local communities, the enhancement of the surrounding area, and the conservation of natural resources. These and other principles are codified by a protocol composed of 10 minimum requirements, which has garnered the participation of Sicily’s most prominent wineries.