In the famous area of DOC Valpolicella, Italy, the Capurso family produces wine varieties such as Valpolicella, Valpolicella Superiore, and Amarone, also known as “The Great Bitter” because of the partially dried grapes that help give the wine its full body and rich flavor. The Capurso’s strive to uphold the renowned legacy of the Veneto region wines by implementing modern farming techniques and respecting their surroundings. At the vineyard integrated crop management is a key pillar to produce high-quality wine grapes. Real-time information on changes in weather and soil moisture enables optimal irrigation and correct crop protection use. Smart digital traps provide real-time data on the population and dynamics of insect pests harmful to the vines and enable intervention only when needed. Monitoring of disease development and modern decision support systems ensure appropriate and timely control. Worker safety is highly prioritized with appropriate protective equipment. Biodiversity is promoted by habitat enhancement measures such as flowering strips and bird nesting boxes. The presence of bees is encouraged by fostering food availability and living space. Regular biodiversity monitoring takes place through the biodiversity Friend® certification.
Location: Valpantena, near Verona, Italy
History: Farmed by the Capurso Family since 1896, owned by Nunzio Giovanni Capurso and his daughters, Camilla and Selene.
Crops: Wine grapes, cherries, and olives are grown on 17ha.
Soil: Well-drained alluvial soil rich in clay and limestone.
Partners: Braglia, Bulzoni Meccanica, Mybatec, Pessl Instruments, World Biodiversity Association