A people-oriented vineyard

The D’UVA project has been developed by small wine-growing company named Cascina Belmonte. Situated in the hills of the hinterland of the Lake Garda, the company’s focus is to produce high-quality wines in a sustainable way. We cultivate according to the organic agriculture rules, applying management techniques, which foster biodiversity and aim at reducing the environmental impact and the emission of CO2.

Each field is dedicated to a precise cultivation according to the solar exposure, humidity, and the soil features. Here, the vineyards are cultivated only in the fields that are most exposed to the sun. The remaining areas are dedicated to vegetable gardens, orchard or lawns for the natural growth of wild herbs. We do not use insecticides, as nature gives us already the necessary solutions for the best cultivation. Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food, said that if you “walk” the vineyard every day and see an unhealthy plant, you can remove it immediately without the need of using any chemical substance. And for “walking” the vineyard every day, the vineyard has to be people-oriented.

IT’S ORGANIC! BEES AND BUTTERFLIES SAY THANK YOU

In our vineyard, the grass is high, green and flourishing. Messy? No, it’s simply alive. For us, only artificial gardens are perfectly cut and without wild grass, like golf greens for example. What we consider as a healthy garden, is in fact a paradise for butterflies.


Indeed bees and butterflies are the guarantee that insecticides or other chemical substances are not used. Where those products are used, our “small inhabitants” would die. Along the vineyard, there are bees’ houses and there is soon to be an area of the field dedicated as a garden for butterflies. For their reproduction to be supported, we only cut grass a few times a year for the caterpillar to complete its biological course and transform itself into a butterfly.

Organic, the only correct way of farming we know


“The organic agriculture is an holistic production management system which promotes and enhances the health of the agro-ecosystem, such as biodiversity, biological cycles and the biological activity of the soil” FAO/WHO of the Codex Alimentarius Commision, 1999.

Producing organic means:

It increases Biodiversity. Traditional seeds and breeds are preferred for their better resistance to diseases and to climatic stresses.

Mitigate climate change, reducing the non-renewable energy consumption and giving the necessary input to cultivations.

Rispettare l’acqua. In molte aree agricole, l'inquinamento dei corsi di acque sotterranee con fertilizzanti sintetici e pesticidi è un problema importante.

Prendersi cura del suolo. Utilizzare pratiche agronomiche che stimolino la fauna e la flora del suolo, migliorandone la struttura e favorendo la creazione di un sistema più stabile.