The first attempt by Slow Food to define the identity of winemakers and vignerons was made with the Manifesto of the Vignerons d’Europe, presented in Florence in 2009.
In this document, the figure of the winemaker and their role were describe through a series of key points which we believe are still valid today.
- takes care of the vines, the cellar and the sales themself
- considers the consumer a co-producer
- safeguards the landscape with respect for biodiversity and the culture of the local area, which they recount and enrich
- as a farmer, takes responsibility for preserving and improving soil fertility and ecosystem equilibrium
- renounces the use of synthetic and artificial organisms and molecules so as to protect lifeforms
- imposes limits in all their work by searching for the optimum, rather than the maximum
- takes responsibility for their own business with respect for the environment, the health of consumers and the fate of their communities and land
- works to create and improve relations with other winemakers, farmers, food producers, cooks, universities and research institutes, teachers and citizens both in their local community and further afield
- pratices transparency: does what they say and says what they do.
All these aspects are found in the Slow Food Manifesto for good, clean and fair wine, where the winemaker is describes as working:
- to preserve the environment and its resources
- to protect and respect the landscape
- to maintain the health of their community.
Environment, landscape, community, without forgetting the ability to deliver a product that gives pleasure.
At the Slow Wine Fair…
All those who grow grapes for wine and transform grapes into wine are called upon to sign the Manifesto, to join the Slow Wine Coalition, and to participate in the Slow Wine Fair. Thanks to their work to protect he environment and the landscape, and their respect for the work and rights of all, wine can be a drive of change that will revolutionize agriculture and the countryside.