At the roots of Elban viticulture: planting a vineyard to pass on traditions
The ISIS Foresi didactic vineyard is born in collaboration with the Arrighi company.
The project of the didactic vineyard in the Portoferraio institute was strongly supported by Enzo Giorgio Fazio, head teacher of the State Institute of Higher Education “R. Foresi ”in Portoferraio and was designed and built by Antonio Arrighi, owner of the homonymous farm in Porto Azzurro and by Stefano Dini, agronomist of the Matura group with the contribution of Coldiretti Elba.
An important link between school and territory with the aim of making known the history of the millennial wine-making tradition of Elba.
The Island of Elba, in fact, until the mid-19th century was made up of 5000 hectares of vineyards, mostly sapling vineyards that covered the Elba hills almost to the sea.
Elba wine was loved and well known until the arrival of phylloxera, a mite imported from America, which destroyed most of Elba’s vineyards and productions. To date, the vineyard area has about 300 hectares, with 14 companies that are part of the Elba DOC protection consortium and a production of about 800,000 bottles a year..
The vineyard at the State Institute of Higher Education “R. Foresi ”Portoferraio it will come cultivated as sapling, in order to pay homage to the mglio the centuries-old winemaking history of Elba.
The grape variety chosen is among the oldest in the tradition: Ansonica. 115 cuttings were planted respecting the classic distance of 1 meter by 1 meter to create the base of the future cluster plant.
The care of the vineyard will be strictly organic.
Antonio Arrighi, the owner of the homonymous company, proudly commented:
“The boys are the future of the island and we hope they can become passionate about this ancient and important oenological tradition that has its roots before the Roman era and, despite the challenges over the centuries, resists and represents Elba in the world. ”