A centuries-old history behind it and a great vocation for innovation are the DNA of the Ricci Curbastro estate combined with the great attention to the environment that has seen us protagonists of numerous initiatives in the last thirty years.
The latest creation in chronological order is a project that brings together the three major themes: history and culture, environment and innovation.
In 2012 we planted a vineyard at the gates of Capriolo made with PIWI variety, an acronym that indicates varieties of wine grapes created by intraspecific hybridization resistant to fungal diseases, in German Pilzwiderstandfähig that is resistant to fungi.
These varieties were intended for technical experimentation in our cellar but the vineyard, absolutely free of chemical treatments, was seen as an ideal “gym” to discover the vine and its fruits.
In addition, the vineyard was planted surrounded by hedges and trees typical of the forest formations of the Franciacorta hills: twenty varieties of plants to be discovered by studying leaves, flowers and fruits.
The vineyard, the hedges, the row of mulberries and wicker constitute a micro unit of a traditional Franciacorta landscape, which has now largely disappeared due to agricultural mechanization, the disappearance of silk culture, urbanization and so on.
As a whole it is a nature trail for educational use for schools, easily reachable on foot, and intended for historical research (silk and the Capriolo textile industry, viticulture and oenology in Franciacorta), environmental (low agriculture environmental impact, search for new varieties), naturalistic (nesting of insectivorous birds, discovery of typical trees and shrub species and their properties.
Discover the vineyard will be an outdoor laboratory for schools to discover, walking, a vineyard in all its expressions.
This HISTORICAL CULTURAL part of the project has its own dedicated website www.scopriilvigneto.it