The Slow Wine Fair opens with a plenary assembly open to members of the Slow Wine Coalition who identify with the vision of wine set out in the Slow Food Manifesto for good, clean and fair wine.

On Sunday, March 27, this plenary opening session will discuss how wine can become a driver of change for agriculture and the countryside through the work of winemakers to protect the environment, the landscape and the rights of workers.

THE PLENARY ASSEMBLY

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This is an event of great importance for defining the role of good, clean and fair wine and how it can contribute to a change in agriculture that combines environmental sustainability, protection of the landscape and the socio-cultural growth of the areas where wine is grown.

Those who can’t be physically-present in Bologna will be able to follow a live stream of the assembly in English on the event website.

THE THREE CONFERENCES

In the week before the Slow Wine Fair our delegates, as well as all industry professionals and enthusiasts are invited to take part in three online conferences which will focus on:

  • the environmental sustainability of wine, to show how wine can be a powerful ally in ecological transition. We speak of sustainability, but what methodologies can help winemakers reduce their environmental impact while maintaining the quality of their product? Naturally, these aspirations need to be economically-sustainable for the winemaker, too.
  • the protection of the landscape. Winemakers are sentinels of their local areas. On the one hand, it’s thanks to them that marginal areas are managed to avoid soil erosion, that water resources are managed on steep slopes, that wildfires are monitored and many other benefits which make their commitment to agriculture indispensable. On the other hand, integrated, conscious winemaking fights cementification and monocultures.
  • social equity in vineyard work and the social role of wine. A conference to explore the social and cultural role of the winemaker as a driver of economic change, thanks to the relationship established with their workers and the local community. Many of the villages in which viticulture was developed operate according to this practice which maintains marginal areas in good health. This social and cultural role must be clear and publicly declared!

From the reflections that emerge in these meetings we’ll develop the agenda of the closing plenary session. These reflections will be made available to the wider public interested in understanding how the role of wine goes beyond the glass and the bottle, and how it can be help establish a new agriculture.