Poggio Ridente – ‘the Smiling Hill’ is the name of the vineyard on which thrive the vines Barbera, Albarossa and Bonarda. Located on the summit, 491 meters above sea level and because of its particular climatic conditions it is called the “Riviera del Monferrato”.
Striving to maintain the sustainable advantage of value, the Poggio Ridente winery found it necessary to move forward to conserve the environment and its natural defence inspired by the vineyards. More than seven years ago, the winery initiated the biological management of the vineyard and the cellar. Certified by ICEA (Environment and Ethical Certification Institute), Poggio Ridente produces grapes that are grown independent of chemicals and certified organic.
In all, the company has 20 hectares of which 9 hectares are vineyards, surrounded by woods and hedges, all over 450 meters above sea level. This biological chain of events lends us towards a horizon even more fascinating, which is our quest to be transformed into a biodynamic farm.
“In discussions between Luigi, our agronomist and I, we talk about how our family and company can intervene in the vineyard and winery. I look to my father, who has always upheld past traditions, and I am convinced that today the future is to seize that part of the past that, today has become so innovative. The use of traditional methods then, that are very similar to biodynamics, is an opportunity for this small company to offer an alternative from the bigger wine producers, and allows us to create a charming wine that is the direct expression of the earth from where it was born”.
“Organic wine” means that in the country, for the defense and nutrition of plants, only substances found in nature are used, or albeit those obtained by simple manmade processes. No chemical processing or genetic manipulation, no OGMs, synthetic chemical fertilizers or pesticides, but above all only “contact”, that is, on the outside of the plant and above all the fruit that you will reap, not inside.
Organic grapes therefore benefit and enjoy a life cycle that is independent of chemicals.
Organic viticulture in Italy has been certified by appropriate bodies accredited by the Ministry of Agriculture.
The Azienda Agricola Poggio Ridente is certified by ICEA.