The winery Project - Environmental Sustainability, Precison Viticulture

Fontemorsi winery uses only grapes produced in its own vineyards and is certified organic by the I.C.E.A.


Since starting our company, we set ourselves the goal of minimizing the differences in the vigour of our vines as a result of altitude, the exposure and nature of the land.

The limited extension of our territory and flexibility in cultivation(especially fertilisation and peeling) have allowed us in these years to manage the vineyards in a differentiated manner, according to the principles of precision agriculture.

The advantages are remarkable: homogeneity in production, maturation and, ultimately, increased quality.


As part of our corporate project, we kept in production vineyards that date back to the 1970s which produce excellent quality grapes.

Today, however, most of our the grapes are from plants grown between 2003 and 2007. Our choice of vines is based on experience gained by an in-depth assessment of our specific soils and climate, resulting in Sangiovese being our principle vine, as established by the DOC Regulations of Montescudaio.

These plants, with densities (over 7,000 vines per hectare and bred with simple Guyot), have allowed a significant increase in the quality of the grapes, also because of the very low production per vine due to our containing thethe plant’s forcefulness. Mechanisationon the estate is still traditional and manual operations are adominant part of the processes.


In parallel with the ambition to produce organic quality wines, the Fontemorsi Company has set itself the goal of creating a low environmental impact viticulture model by adhering to the programs of the Experimental Station for Sustainable Viticulture led by Dr. Ruggero Mazzilli and affiliated with some of the most important Italian Research Institutes.

An initial exhaustive experimental phase gave rise to encouraging results. Fontemorsi’s vineyards have been cultivated for years according to the organic method which means, in our case, using only natural products for the defence of the vineyards (copper sulphur, propolis) and in the winemaking, the temperature control and filtration as the only technologies applied.

Thanks to the health of the grapes harvested, we can then limit the use of sulphur dioxide to minimum levels, usually half the limit allowed by organic wine legislation.

The controls and certification of the production process, from grape to bottle, are carried out by the Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification (ICEA).

We firmly believe that this production approach, made possible by the wine-growing vocation of our hills, is essential to bring out the particularities of our land and the potential of the cultivated vines, so as to give the wines personality and territorial integrity and international recognition.

Of the upmost importance for this project is the work done in all these years by our winery manager Luigi Brunetti. His professional growth has greatly benefited from his dedication to the job and the close relationship he has created with Dr. Ruggero Mazzilli and our wine maker Paolo Salvi

With the aim of reducing our carbon footprint, we decided in 2007 to create a photovoltaic system for the production of electricity to satisfy the energy needs of our cellar (refrigeration, use of transfer pumps, filtrations ) and a solar thermal system for the domestic hot water production of our farmhouse.


We are one of the 1,300 members of the Italian Federation of Independent Winegrowers – F.I.V.I. – because we consider ourselves to be fully within its mission and its Statute.

We quote from the FIVI portal:
“The Winemaker is one of the central figures of contemporary wine, its existence is essential to ensure the consumer a wine that has a strong attachment to the territory.

It is not true that all the wines marketed in Italy and in the world are tied to a territory and not all the wines that can be drunk have a strong mark of typicality and culture. We want to defend the figure of the vintner because we are convinced that it is essential for the future of our lands and that of Italian agriculture.

The objective of Independent Vintners is that the vintner remains on the territory: to make wine, to conserve the territory and to defend the landscape.”