FPT Industrial has confirmed and expanded its partnership with Slow Food by participating at the presentation of the 2022 edition of the Slow Wine Guide to the best Italian wineries, held on 8 October at Palazzo Castiglioni in Milan, during the city’s Wine Week. The twelfth edition, which includes reviews of 1,958 wineries, sees the return of two of the guide’s most important characteristics, suspended in 2020 due to the pandemic.

First of all, the team’s visits to the wineries, a unique feature amongst wine guides, and secondly the return of the guide’s distinctive rating system, its Snails, the symbol awarded to wineries that interpret the values of sensory, territorial and environmental excellence in tune with the Slow Food philosophy. This year 218 wineries received the coveted Snails, including 23 new entries. The region with the most Snails is Piedmont, followed by Tuscany and Veneto.

From left: Roberta Ceretto, Daniela Ropolo and Alessandro Ceretto, with Guide editors Giancarlo Gariglio and Fabio Giavedoni
During the presentation of the guide, the prize-giving ceremony for the three Slow Wine Awards (lifetime, young wine-maker and sustainable wine-growing) were also consigned. The sustainable wine-growing award, promoted and sponsored by FPT Industrial, was presented to the Ceretto family of Alba, represented in Milan by cousins Alessandro and Roberta, by Daniela Ropolo, head of sustainable initiatives for CNH Industrial, who commented: “Since 2010 the Ceretto family, reinvigorated by an exemplary generational handover, has implemented a clear commitment to radically changing its growing techniques, with the conversion of its over 100 hectares of vineyards to certified organic methods, and since 2018 to biodynamic management. The winery’s innovation and sustainability combine to produce quality: these are values that CNH Industrial shares and promotes with conviction, also and above all in its industrial operations, which are increasingly required to harmonize perfectly with their host environment”.

Inaugurated in December 2020 and continued with the official partnership at Slow Fish 2021 – The Water Cycles, the association between FPT Industrial and Slow Food continues to expand and increase in complexity, confirming the brand’s strong commitment to sustainability, with an all-embracing vision expressed in different macro-areas of action. First and foremost, its products, which are becoming more and more environment-friendly and are the heart of the FPT Industrial solutions for the future of mobility, then its production processes, which must constantly reduce their environmental impact without losing efficiency, and finally support for the communities working to safeguard the ecosystem by adopting and conserving fair, sustainable farming, fishing and processing methods.

“Our commitment to quality, sustainable agriculture, and wine-growing in particular, is widely confirmed by our range of engines for farming applications, increasingly oriented towards alternative fuels with very low environmental impact,” stated Egle Panzella, Sustainability Manager at FPT Industrial. “Being Official Partner of Slow Wine for the launch of the 2022 Guide is a great honor, and offers us the opportunity to meet people and organizations who share our daily commitment to making sustainability no longer the exception but rather the rule, which must shape everything we do as people and as businesses.”

The event continued on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 October with Italy’s largest ever wine tasting, hosted by Mega Watt Court, also in Milan, with over 1,000 labels belonging to the top-rated wineries featured in the 2022 Slow Wine Guide. FPT Industrial was also present at this event, attended by a large number of wine enthusiasts, with its own corner illustrating its partnership with Slow Food and Slow Wine and its other initiatives dedicated to all aspects of sustainability.