A treasure named grape: preservation and enhancement of Cinque Terre wines

Project information

Index: 0793R2
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Cultural heritage and landscape
Location ITALY NORD-OVEST Cinque Terre Liguria Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2001-01-01
End: not applicable

Topic of the practice

Use of Information and Communication Technologies for landscape preservation and enhancement

Good Practice Information

In 1999 after the foundation of the Cinque Terre National Park, the Corpo Forestale dello Stato has placed on the territory the necessary staff that cooperates with the Park Board. In the area agriculture is the core of the landscape so as pilot experience they also control wine genuiness and methods of traditional cultivation, thanks to the use of G.P.S. and G.I.S. in 2004 also Regione Liguria became a partner involved in the monitoring system. It mainly regards on site visits made in the cellars during harvest time and especially a precise check of the exact dimension of the cultivated land inscribed in the DOC land registry: using the satellite net Global Positioning System, the National Forest Rangers measure on the field with submetric precision the cultivated lands so that the owners can’t declare productive a neglected vineyard and use grapes coming from outside of the area. Here the grapes are used for the “Cinque Terre Bianco” wine and the “Cinque Terre Sciacchetrà”, produced from
dried grapes, well known and highly placed in the market. Areas calculated are tranferred and elaborated in the cadastrian system in S.I.M. (Mountain Information System) to verify the effective measured area with the one declared and inserted in the official database. Several times in the year the Corpo Forestale dello Stato checks all the cellars in the Cinque Terre area, registers are inspected, as well as the real quantity of wine and grapes which are drying.

Evidence of success

Since 2004 until now more than 350 estates have been checked that correspond to 4500 cadastral parcels, and since then the average prices for Cinque Terre wines has grown significantly, which allows a higher income for wine producers in this very steep and difficult wine growing area.
A hard work for the difficulties given by accessibility conditions, deep fragmentation of the properties and uncertainties in identifying the owners.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Francesco Marchese

Cinque Terre National Park



Annex completed on: 09-29-2011

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