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The Euganean Hills are now a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

THE Euganean Hills I am now a Unesco World Biosphere Reserve. A new important recognition for Italy, which has demonstrated how viticulture can play a key role in preserving and enhancing nature and biodiversity, if carried out with attention, respect and a conscious commitment projected into the future.

The Coordinating Committee of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme officially sanctioned it during the 36th session held in Agadir, Morocco, with the designation of 11 new Biosphere Reserves in 11 countries (including, for the first time, Belgium and Gambia) and two transboundary reserves. With these new reserves, which cover a total surface area of ​​37,400 km², equivalent to the size of the Netherlands, the World Biosphere Network now has 759 sites in 136 countries around the world.

As far as Italy is concerned, in addition to the Transboundary Reserve of the Julian Alps (derived from the merger of the two reserves created in 2019 and 2003 respectively), the Euganean Hills, a short distance from Padua, represent an important novelty, with their fascinating geological history. The hills were formed millions of years ago, thanks to the activity of the numerous active volcanoes in the area. When they died out, the highest peaks emerged, creating a group of rocky islets in the “Po Valley Sea”. Erosion over the centuries has shaped the landscape, removing the softer rocks and leaving visible the hard, conical and steep volcanic rocks. Over the centuries, the climate, vegetation and human activity have further modified the environment, creating a territory very precious for biodiversity, also protected by the Euganean Hills Regional Park which, established in 1989, became the first regional park in Veneto.

Over thirty different vines in a single territory

The Euganean Hills cover an area of ​​about one hundred square kilometers with a total surface area of ​​the Park of 18,684 hectares. Mount Venda, with its 601 meters of height, dominates the over one hundred hills that form the Euganean complex. And the wine represents a fundamental element of the landscape. The production area of ​​the DOC Colli Euganei coincides with that of the Park, and is divided at an administrative level into 15 municipalities, rich in history and tradition.

«The inclusion of the Euganean Hills in the List of UNESCO World Biodiversity Reserves – comments the president of the Consorzio Tutela Colli Euganei Gianluca Carrara – it is an extraordinary opportunity for our territory and for our wine. We have supported the candidacy from the beginning, of which we feel an active part. Our viticulture is an expression of biodiversity: here we grow over 30 different vines”. An infinite variety, which also passes through theattention to the environmentwith due respect for landscape constraints, but also by the use of low-impact cultivation techniques thanks to which hundreds of animal and plant life forms are preserved. From an oenological point of view, the wines of the Euganean Hills are expressed in three different denominations: the Serpentinevolcanic and with spring scents, the Reds from the Euganean Hills (based on Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere) and then the Moscato of the Euganean Hillsavailable in dry, sparkling and passito. The president concludes: «Our vineyards cover a considerable area of ​​the Park, over 3000 hectares, and contribute to the protection and conservation of the territory. With their daily work, the producers are committed to the management of water, woods and soil, a fundamental role today in light of climate changes that are increasingly evident.

Pumpkin soup with Grana Padano DOP reserve over 20 months – Italian Cuisine

Pumpkin soup with Grana Padano DOP reserve over 20 months

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Baglio Aimone, the cellar in the WWF reserve – Italian Cuisine

Baglio Aimone, the cellar in the WWF reserve

Baglio Aimone is a winery immersed in a WWF nature reserve in the province of Trapani, the most suitable area for some Sicilian native vines

There is a company in Sicily, in the province of Trapani, the southwestern area of ​​the island, which has always been considered the most vine-planted in Italy and the most suitable for some of the native vines of this wonderful land, in whose wines have the name and character of the knights of the epic poems of the thirteenth century, who defended their beloved and homeland with sword and honor. Baglio Aimone is a winery founded in 2012 within a WWF Nature Reserve, 300 hectares of land surrounded by several lakes, including Lake Preola, Lake Murana and other smaller ones of karst origin, on the ridge of a hill that embraces with look at all the vineyards and the Mediterranean scrub where they are inserted The wines that are produced here are all from vines over 50 years old, plants with a curvilinear trunk that have been able to sink their roots into the soil and suck all the nutrients from there to give the grapes the best that nature can do.

The wines of Baglio Aimone

The name of the Baglio itself and that of the wines, Iratus, Mandricardo, Doralice, Ferraù and Argalia, they originate from the characters of the tales of chivalry, later transposed into the Sicilian tradition of the Opera dei Pupi. The first epic was precisely The four sons of Aimone, from the thirteenth century, from which the paladins and their deeds were born, narrated by Boiardo and Ariosto inOrlando in love and inOrlando furious. They are made with grapes Grillo, Zibibbo, Grecanico, Cataratto and Nerello Mascalese in purity, fermented and aged in thermo-controlled steel tanks, to preserve varietal authenticity. A careful monochrome selection of Sicilian native grapes, rigorously harvested by hand, in crates, and in the early hours of the day, to obtain grapes of the highest quality and preserve the health of the plants. Among the types there are also two sparkling wines, both Martinotti method, one a Brut vintage and the other an Extra Dry.

The birth of the cellar

It was the decision to revive the Baglio, dating back to the 18th century Baldàssare Paladino, born in Petrosino, Sicily, but then moved to Genoa. Over the years it has succumbed to the call of its own land and has decided to recover the ancient family tradition of winemakers and enhance the architectural heritage of beloved Sicily. From his work these bottles were born, a real synthesis of what this territory can offer. A work also recognized nationally by various guides, starting with Wines of Veronelli ai Good Wines of Italy. Then in 2019, the silver medal award for the Grillo Bianco DOC 2018 Argalia at the Concours Mondial De Bruxelles.

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