The link between schools, institutions and companies, in the world of wine, is becoming more and more virtuous and solid, thanks to collaborative projects that look to traditions but which, at the same time, want to be a springboard towards tomorrow for all those future professionals of the sector who, together with the theory, can start, right now, to learn the practice in their school path. At the State Institute of Higher Education “R. Foresi ”Portoferraio, the first municipality in terms of population on the Island of Elba, the first didactic vineyard has been set up and will be cultivated as sapling. A tribute to the centuries-old winemaking history of Elba, it is no coincidence that the grape variety chosen is Ansonica, one of the oldest. 115 cuttings were planted respecting the classic distance of one meter by one meter to create the base of the future cluster plant.
The care of the vineyard will be strictly organic with the idea, desired by the school head Enzo Giorgio Fazio, which was designed and built by Antonio Arrighi, head of the farm in Porto Azzurro and by Stefano Dini, agronomist of the Matura Group. , with the contribution of Coldiretti Elba. After the birth of the Lambrusco of biodiversity that saves vineyards from extinction, a project that sees Cantina di Arceto (Emilia Wine) at the forefront in collaboration with the “A. Zanelli “in Reggio Emilia, the same where four 16-year-old boys study, Luca Aravecchia, Paolo Canelli, Alessandro Parenti and Simone Santini, who have decided to recover an abandoned vineyard of 6,000 square meters in the Podere” La Riserva “, in Casalgrande Alto , obtaining from the Municipality a three-year concession of the land to produce wine, honey and fruit, here is therefore that a new interesting initiative that links wine, school, business and institutions, this time coming from Tuscany, manages to make people talk about itself.
In this case, a “dive into the past”, a past which, however, deserves to return as a protagonist in the present and in the future. The Island of Elba, in fact, until the mid-nineteenth century was made up of 5,000 hectares of vineyards, mostly sapling vineyards, which 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 the local vineyards and productions.
To date, the planted area has 300 hectares, with 14 companies that are part of the Elba Doc protection consortium and a production of 800,000 bottles a year.“The boys – said the producer Antonio Arrighi (former protagonist of the Nesos project, like the grapes macerated in the sea as the ancient Greeks did, together with Professor Attilio Scienza of the University of Milan and with Angela Zinnai and Francesca Venturi of the University of Pisa) – are the future of the island and we hope that they will be 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 “.