Growth the sustainability

The project begins with the awareness rising, by all the chain actors, about a relevant current mater: the ‘sustainability’.

The wine growers, associated to the Cantina Sociale di Orsago, and the Cantina itself, have always been committed for controlling the impacts on environment and local communities and with the PROiNOS project they start a path toward the sustainability.

PROiNOS “Growth the sustainability: toward a territorial protocol”

42 pilot farms are associated in an Operative Group, led by Cantina di Orsago,
for reducing impacts caused by vine-growing to water resources.

The PROiNOS project, launched by Cantina Sociale di Orsago, aims to support an Operative Group for demonstrating the efficacy of a vineyard managing model addressed to sustainability.

Specifically, the project regards impacts generated by viticulture on water resources, both on qualitative (pollution by nutrients and pesticides) and quantitative (scarsde efficacy in the use of the resource) aspects, also tackling the perspective of the effects induced by climate change. The commitment for sustainability is valorised by the national standards VIVA and SQNPI.

The main technical contents of the project are the following:

  • Pest control (WP1)
    • implementation of the technology BODI (promoted by Condifesa TVB − based on the collection of meteorological and phenological data and distribution of specific (for each vineyard) pest control recommendations based on predictive models;
    • dissemination of BODI technology among the growers and verification of its efficacy, considering both the willingness of the farmers for using the device and the accuracy of the recommendations.
  • Fertilization (WP2):
    • adoption of fertilization plans based on organic fertilizers and precision approach, using maps for the detection of the vigour of the canopy and adopting variable ratios for adjusting the distribution of fertilizers;
    • use of green manure for improving soil fertility, evaluating several seed mixtures compared to common fertilization practices based on mineral fertilizers only;
    • spread of leaf bio-stimulants made by peptides and vegetal amino acids, sprayed during different phenological phases, compared to non-treated samples;
    • planting of rootstocks selected for their resistance to stresses caused by transplantation and water scarcity and their effects on the vigour of productive clones;
    • test of mycorrhiza for improving the resistance to water stress and reduce transplantations negative effects, during planting and following growing phases.
  • Irrigation (WP3):
    • set up and exploitation of the IRRISmart technology (by Informatica Ambientale – Milan) based on elaboration of meteorological data, soil moisture characteristics of the vineyards for producing and spreading irrigation recommendations to single growers;
    • evaluation of the suitability of IRRISmart technology in the context of the water distribution procedures adopted by the local drainage consortia and future needs of adjustment of the distribution network and turns.
  • Certification (WP4):
    • measurement of environmental footprint and socioeconomic indicators in the pilot farms and request of certification under VIVA (Ministry for the Environment) and SQNPI (Ministry of Agriculture) standards;
    • creation of farm plans for the implementation of good practices for the environment and those concerning the hygiene of the products, the health and the safety of the working areas, promoting the improvement of vine productions.



Together with experimental and demonstrative activities, the project includes also the organisation of training courses on the main technical matters, addressed to vine growers, and the realisation of communication initiatives for disseminating the management model proposed for sustainable viticulture.

Al the pilot vineyards directly involved in the project area located in the area of the PDO ‘Prosecco’ with the province of Treviso, specifically around the flat area surrounding Orsago.

Moreover, dissemination of the project results will be carried out in the other parts of the province of Treviso and in territories of the provinces of Belluno, Padova and Vicenza.

Area di progetto - Venezia - Padova - Treviso - Belluno

The project is promoted by an Operative Group constituted by 9 partners led by the Cantina Sociale di Orsago. The Group developed a Plan of the Activities (PAGO) describing the objectives, the activities and the expected results.

The Operative Group is recognised by the European Innovation Partnership ‘Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability’ (EIP-AGRI) instituted by European Commission in order to share innovative experiences gained in Europe and transferring them into innovative practical solutions for farmers, advantaging all the communities.

The project is funded by the Rural Development Programme (RDP) of Veneto Region 2014-2020, within Measure 16 ‘Cooperation’.

The following Areas of Intervention (AI) are implemented by the project:

  • AI 16.1.1 – for the activities related to coordination and management of the project, dissemination of the results, participation to the EIP-AGRI, search of other alternative funding resources
  • AI 16.2.1 – for the ‘pilot’ activities on the matters of the projects, concerning pest control, fertilisation, irrigation and certifications for sustainability (standard VIVA) and integrated pest control (standard SQNPI)
  • AI 1.1.1 – for the activities aimed to training and support winegrowers on the topics of the project, improve the management of the vineyards and reduce impacts for the environment.

The amount of the funds provided by RDP is 416,238.60 €.


The Cantina Sociale di Orsago collects and transforms the grapes conferred by more than 400 active member companies of variable size (most of them between 5001 square meters and 5 hectares), with quantities of grapes harvested yearly of about 180,000 q.

Within the project, the Cantina plays the fundamental role of coordinator as a direct interlocutor of the member companies. Moreover, the internal staff will maintain contacts with other social wineries, as well as with the Consortiums of PDOs wines present in the province of Treviso (in particular the Prosecco PDO Consortium).



DESAM has acquired over the years particular experience in issues related to communication to stakeholders through meetings, environmental reports, periodic technical reports, public consultation meetings related to territorial problems due to the presence of waste disposal plants, treatment and infrastructure construction. DESAM is active in the organization of training courses and workshops dedicated to specialist technicians in the environmental and geotechnical engineering fields. The multidisciplinary approach that characterizes the team of experts that composes it, has gradually led to a growing interest in sustainable land management through the development of innovative techniques related to the field of remediation and waste.

DESAM is founding member of the agri-food sustainability network, “sustainable wines” project (, will play the role of operational coordinator of the activities in the project and will have an active role in the technical tables aimed at preparing the PAGO.

Desam is a partner in the following projects on sustainability in viticulture financed with regional funds: Sustainable Viticulture FVG, in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region (, Mis.16.1 of the RDP 2014-2020 and Harmonious viticulture, financed with the Mis. 16 action 1 of the Piedmont Region RDP (

Desam is the technical coordinator of the training projects: “Innovation and diversification in the wine sector: towards a sustainability brand” financed by the Veneto Region in the ESF POR 2014 – 2020 – THE COMPANY Inn-FORMATA 3ND-DGR 687 on 16/05/2017 which involved five Veneto wineries. POR FSE 2014-2020 protagonists of the change, DGR 1311 of 10/09/2018, “Innovation in the wine sector: VIVA and SQNPI, a convergent path of integrated production of quality and sustainability”, which involved 3 local wine cellars.

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UNICATT participates in the project through the OPERA Research Center for Sustainable Agriculture born in Piacenza in 2010, and through the DI.PRO.VE.S., Fruit and Viticulture section. To carry out its activities, the Observatory uses the laboratory and research facilities that belong to the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry of the Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, while in Brussels it has its Think Tank together with European, regional and national sector organizations.

The main aim of the research centre is to promote and carry out basic and applied scientific activities in areas of eco-toxicology and prediction of environmental risks and impacts with particular reference to the CAP, and the regulation on plant protection products, fertilizers and biocides.

As part of the following project he will take part in the coordination activities, animation of the territory (participating in all the activities of selection, participation and involvement foreseen) and the creation and coordination of the work tables and the drafting of the PAGO. Furthermore, it will be able to promote and carry out the necessary transfer of scientific knowledge from the world of science (last 10 years of European results) to the practical agricultural world of Veneto for the achievement of objectives of intensive and extensive sustainable technological innovation.

The research centre, through its staff members, is and has been involved in several European projects including 4 -FUN, MAgPIE, GLOBAQUA, SUPTraining, BetterTraininigonSafeUses, ECSeaFood, SEAonACHIP. With regard to the vine and wine sector, participation in the ORWINE and ECOPROWINE projects is highlighted. OPERA is also the scientific coordinator of the VIVA project of the Ministry for the Protection of the Territory of the Sea. He has designed and is responsible for scientific research activities specific to the subject of this PSR in LIFE, HORIZON 2020, has designed and is responsible for the WOS (the wine observatory on sustainability), of the OpenTEA e-learning platform, and has participated to the drafting of guidelines for the sustainable use of plant protection products and fertilizers for various authorities (Regions, SETAC, EFSA, Ministry of the Environment).

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Arzanà is a company dealing with communication in a broad and integrated way for years. The core business is represented by the planning and implementation of communication projects. Each project is then translated into dissemination tools that allow to achieve the objectives of each individual customer: paper materials (press campaign, catalogs, etc.), web products (sites and portals), events.

The skills of the Arzanà group, formed by a marketing manager, art directors, copywriters, graphic designers, programmers, event managers, have allowed us to offer ourselves on the market in a professional and dynamic way.

The experience gained has led to the development of a new concept of COMMUNICATION, no longer INTEGRATED but SYSTEMIC, based on a predefined strategy, actions and co-actions that intertwine and are carried out with timely planning and monitoring. This approach is developed by Arzanà on the different channels and with the different solutions: Consulting, Creativity, Online and Events. In the present project, Arzanà plays the fundamental role of partner that will follow the communication and the promotion of the events taking care of the involvement of the agricultural companies in order to maximize the number of subjects involved.

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GreenDecision (GD) was born as a spin-off of the Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice with the aim of transferring the knowledge developed in the academic field to the public and private sectors and providing consultancy and training services in the context of health risk analysis for the environment, the reclamation of contaminated sites and the sustainability of products, services and organizations.

GD is also part of a Network of Consultants for Sustainability ( and of RUS (Network of Universities for Sustainable Development) in which it participates in the WG “Climate Change” for the development of a shared procedure for the analysis of greenhouse gas inventories in Italian universities.

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The Department of Territory and Agro-forestry Systems (TESAF) is characterized by modernity and multidisciplinarity of activities, strongly oriented to the study, conservation, effective management and sustainable use of agricultural, forestry and environmental resources. The structure of TESAF reflects the multiplicity of different knowledge that characterizes us, such as ecology, territorial planning, phytopathology, valuation, land law and policies, the agri-food and rural economy and politics, forestry, hydrology and water resources management and agricultural mechanization.

In particular, the researchers and professors involved in the activities have gained a great deal of experience (supported by numerous publications and participation in national and European projects) regarding the use of innovative technologies, sensors and more generally of precision approaches in agriculture and specifically in viticulture. Part of the group’s members also has extensive experience in the field of applied entomology with numerous field experiences for integrated and sustainable crop management. Finally, the group has gained recent experience in the field of estimating some indicators (such as the water footprint), which are useful in evaluating new solutions and new approaches tested in the field.

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The Consortium, established by resolution of the Veneto Regional Council no. 1408 on 19/5/2009, is an institution under public economic law pursuant to art. 59 of Royal Decree 13-2-1933, n. 215 and of the art. 3 of the regional law 8-5-2009, n. 12, and is the result of the merger of three consortia, already established pursuant to the L.R. n ° 3/76.

The district includes 93 municipalities, 90 in the province of Treviso and 3 in the province of Venice, for a total area of almost 189,000 ha.

The activity of the Consortium concerns the operation, routine maintenance and surveillance of the reclamation and irrigation works and plants that fall within the perimeter of taxpayers, hydraulic defense and hydroelectric production.

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It’s a consulting company operating for many years with numerous wineries throughout the Italian territory. The company has technical staff specifically trained to deal with all issues related to the health and safety of workplaces, product healthiness, as well as all aspects related to environmental impacts deriving from wine production.

The company also offers a specific consulting package aimed at the acquisition of product quality certifications (ISO 9001), environmental systems (ISO 14001) of workplace health and safety management systems (ISO 45001), products and food supply chains (IFS, BRC, FSSC 22000) and sustainability certification of products or organizations according to the ISO (ISO 14067, ISO 14064), Environmental Footprint (OEF, PEF) and the VIVA and SQNPI regulations of the Ministry of environment and of Agriculture.

The company is today part of a Network of Consultants for Sustainability in the agri-food sector with multidisciplinary expertise (with the participation of Agronomists, Landscapers, Environmental Engineers, Chemists and Environmental Doctors) present throughout the national territory (

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The firm brings together professionals who offer training and strategic consulting in the following areas:

  • marketing and commercial strategy
  • internationalization
  • product development
  • lean office & lean accounting
  • environmental sustainability
  • lean production
  • organizational change and human resources management

GC&P has operational offices in Asolo, in the Treviso area, and in Mumbai in India. It has a dense network of partnerships in emerging countries such as: Turkey, Brazil, Russia, Nigeria, China.

Since 2011 it has obtained the quality certifications (ISO9001) and the environment (ISO14001) and since July 2014 the accreditation for continuing education in the Veneto Region.

For many years GC&P consultants have been included in training projects financed as trainers. In some cases, GC&P was also an operational project partner and therefore contributed to the planning and management of inter-company and company-funded projects with the ESF. Since 2008, the year of its foundation, GC&P has participated, following the training part with its professionals or being also a partner in management, to more than 100 funded training projects.

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Fondo Europeo Agricolo per lo Sviluppo Rurale
European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas

Informative materials funded by Rural development programme 2014-2020
Organisation responsible for the information: Cantina Sociale di Orsago
Managing Authority: Regione del Veneto – Direzione AdG FEASR Parchi e Foreste