In the second episode of our Meet The Producer series, we speak to Pietro Nardin, Co-Owner at Borgo Molino, the Italian winery responsible for the delectable Corte Molino Prosecco, much loved by British fizz drinkers nationwide.
Tell us about your vineyards at Borgo Molino
We are proud to say that our vineyards reside in some of the best locations of the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions. They are situated between the sea and the foothills of the Alps, which offers an ideal position for viticulture with a mild, temperate climate. The production of Prosecco is a big part of what we do, which is the reason why many of our vineyards are in Valdobbiadene and the Treviso Area.
Tell us about your eco, sustainable and ethical practices
We are not solely focused on traditional methods, increasingly we’re using research to innovate and use systems with the ability to reduce our environmental impact.
Throughout our entire production process – starting at the vineyard – we try to use as little pesticides as we can to achieve products that are as organic as possible. We also utilise highly technical biodynamic systems, including Ganimede and Bionica.
In 2014 we moved to our new headquarters, and made a conscious decision to be as environmentally friendly as possible. We installed solar panels and a generator that provides 40 per cent of the company’s energy requirement.
What do you grow, and how does the climate and terroir help the varieties to flourish?
We have lots of different vineyards growing a multitude of grape varieties, including Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon, Traminer, Chardonnay, Ribolla Gialla, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Nero, Merlot and many more.
We’re also adopting new types of climate and disease-resistant vineyards, which will open up an important window for us, and enable us to reduce our environmental impact even further.
If you could fix one problem in the industry today, what would it be?
It would be nice to be able to simplify the commercialisation of wine worldwide, limiting, or rather, removing duties and many exportation problems, taxes and excise duties. This would help to raise awareness of not only our wines, but also all wines globally.
What excites you most about the future?
The idea of being able to find new and innovative systems, which can reduce or even eliminate any requirement for pesticide use.
To what do you attribute your success?
Our success comes from the ability to dream, to see in advance and predict what the future holds for wine. This helps us to discover and shape how our company can make a difference.
The fusion between tradition and innovation and our passion and our personality has enabled our winery to become one of the most important in the region and in our sector.
Elevator pitch for retailers – why should they stock your wines in 100 words or less?
The quality of our wines is strictly connected to tradition, innovation and biodynamics. These are the characteristic that best express the leitmotiv of our company.