The Vitires Consortium in Imola took stock of the research and experimentation project.

In recent days in Imola, at the Hotel Molino Rosso, the state of the art of a process launched in 2016 on some international vines, and then extended to eight regional vines, was reviewed. Over a hundred operators in the sector took part in the day, with an equally large number connected in live streaming, in the presence of the Regional Councilor for Agriculture Alessio Mammi who made the conclusions of the day.

Marco Nannetti , President of Vitires, opened the works. "This is a horizontal project that brings together 70% of the grapes produced in our region and 11% nationally – began the President of Terre Cevico – The union comes from the sense of responsibility for cooperation towards the territory, aware that the wine sector is grappling with daily challenges such as climate change, pathogens, which add up to a not simple general picture. Teaming up and giving a response as a territory means making viticulture sustainable and close to the people".

Giovanni Nigro , Head of the wine sector of Ri.Nova presented the path undertaken so far in the experimental vineyards of Tebano. "The project started in 2016, initially focusing on the verification of nine varieties resistant to fungal pathogens, which spread internationally. Almost at the same time (March 2017) the first genetic improvement program began for the creation of local Emilia-Romagna varieties resistant to pathogens: Sangiovese, Trebbiano romagnolo, Albana, Grechetto gentile, Ancellotta, Lambrusco Salamino, Lambrusco Grasparossa and Lambrusco di Sorbara.After the first phase of crossbreeding, which took place from 2017 to 2020, and subsequent selection, the resistant genotypes were planted, in a specific experimental vineyard of about 2 hectares in Tebano in 2021. Subsequently, it was already possible to identify the first selections (genotypes) which showed characteristics of resistance to pathogens (in particular powdery mildew and downy mildew), adaptability to our growing environments also in relation to the climate changes underway, and the oenological potential in con compared to the traditional reference varieties. Furthermore, following the positive results obtained so far and the awareness that Emilia Romagna viticulture is also strongly linked to more local varieties, in 2021 the Vitires Consortium promoted a second genetic improvement program on 8 other native varieties: Bombino white, aromatic Malvasia di Candia, Famoso-Trebbiano Modenese, Terrano, Lambrusco Maestri, Lambrusco Oliva, Lambrusco Marani".

An applause for the project came from Riccardo Velasco, director of Crea. Trentino. Emilia Romagna has gone in this direction and has done well because they are central choices for the future of viticulture".

The conclusions were entrusted to the regional councilor Alessio Mammi . "There are three reasons that make this project valid: they highlight the far-sightedness of the cooperation that seeks shared solutions in the face of difficulties; it proposes a path that is not extemporaneous, but structural in the medium-long term; the companies that founded it work together with the supply chain, to find effective and shared solutions on the territory. This is the right vision to compete as an Emilia-Romagna system in international markets".