04.08.2011

A great friend has left us

Francesco Arrigoni was only 52 years old when he passed away.
Very capable and prepared journalist, he had always been a friend of CERVIM, but most of all of mountain viticulture. “…I appreciate mountain wine-growers because, in different ways, they challenge nature in order to produce wine which has hardiness as its flavour”, so he wrote in his blog on “Corriere della Sera” newspaper, in an article about the presentation of the Label of Heroic Viticulture
For 14 editions at least, unfailingly every year, he had been part of the tasting commissions in our International Mountain Wines Contest.
He truly loved mountain viticulture, maybe also because of his great passion for mountains. He was always available to give advice and collaborate every time one asked him to. So much so, that in 2000 he drafted the “Manifesto della Viticultura di Montagna” (the Manifesto of Mountain Viticulture) which was presented that same year in Sondrio.  
Francesco, you will be greatly missed…defender and connoisseur of our viticulture, but always objective, especially and most of all in his critiques which he never spared when he thought they were needed. 
The President, the Board of Directors, the Technical and Scientific Committee, the College of Auditors and all of the staff at CERVIM express their deepest condolences to the family.

Farewell Francesco…you have been a great friend!

Manifesto of mountain viticulture

  • Mountain viticulture is an extraordinary expression of daring and courage by man in asking from nature itself the willingness to give support to people who work in particular and difficult geographical territories.
  • Mountain viticulture has a fundamental value for the preservation of the environment in quite delicate zones.
  • Vines cultivated in mountains grow in unpolluted environments and are an example of biodiversity and they give rise to original wines, of superior organoleptic quality.
  • Producing wines in mountains is more expensive than in other environments; on the market the origin must be clearly recognised and promoted through the use of special trademarks so as to be able to guarantee the producer a fair remuneration.
  • Mountain viticulture must find greater recognition in the framework of a coherent and overall policy in favour of mountain territories and their sustainable development.
  • Mountain vineyards represent a historical monument to the work of man and must also be safeguarded for their landscape and cultural interest.
  • The cultivation of vines in mountain areas is a fundamental activity for the maintenance of agriculture in the mountain and for a correct relationship between the different productive activities to the benefit of the local economy.
  • Those territories with mountain viticulture must be considered “heritage of humanity” in the senses of the current UNESCO convention.