The Urban Vineyards Association is made up of the following realities with their respective representatives:
Luca Balbiano, Azienda Vitivinicola Balbiano, gestore di Vigna della Regina (Turin), President of U.V.A.
“The vineyard at the Queen’s Villa in Turin is a story of love and beauty. The Queen's Vineyard is in fact a small miracle, not only because of the beauty of the landscape it offers, but also because the vineyards, albeit so young, produce remarkable wines. When we accepted this challenge almost 15 years ago, we never imagined we could make it. My family has been producing Freisa di Chieri for over 75 years, but this is a particularly special wine, born from a historic vineyard of which there was no trace. We agreed to replant it in order to give back to Turin its vineyard and its wine”.
Eric Sureau, President of the
Comité des Fêtes et d’Actions Sociales du 18ième arrondissement de Paris, in charge of Clos Montmartre (Paris)
"Clos Montmartre is a miracle: the vineyard is a very small piece of land between the palaces and surmounted by the church of the Sacred Heart, yet it manages to produce about a thousand bottles of half a litre of rosé but above all it attracts thousands of people for the harvest festival. Having vineyards in the city and creating shared synergies is essential to resist and activate a winning business strategy, both culturally and socially: all the proceeds of Clos Montmartre for example are destined to social work in the 18th arrondissement.”
Renzo De Antonia, President of Lagoon in the Glass Association (Venice), in charge of the vineyards of the Venice lagoon, U.V.A. Council member
"For us it is a commitment to recover old traditions, to save pieces of land, but above all a commitment with children, with schools, to make it clear that a city like Venice is not only stones, but there are also important agricultural realities.”
"We are the winery that is the closest to Siena both geographically and historically, and the idea of participating in the Senarum Vinea project to recover ancient vines, to rediscover a different taste, a wine with an ancient flavor that can make a new entrance on Tuscan tables has fascinated us from the beginning."
Alessandro Cotroneo, Director of Leonardo's Vineyard Milan
"A forgotten story links Leonardo da Vinci to the city of Milan: the story of a vineyard. The vineyard that Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan, gave to Leonardo in 1498 and that now comes again to life, finally, with respect for the original rows and vine."
Alessandro Marzotto, Santa Margherita Spa, Director of San Francesco della Vigna (Venice)
"Santa Margherita has passionately decided to take charge of the protection of the oldest vineyard in Venice, putting their technical expertise at the service of the friars who have been preserving it for centuries."
Antonio Rallo, President of the Consorzio di tutela vini Doc Sicilia, and in charge of the Vigna del Gallo inside the Botanical Garden of the University of Palermo
"The decision to join the Urban Vineyards Association is a natural step in the path of Doc Sicily, which aims to safeguard the great wine-growing heritage of the island through the enhancement and protection of native vines."
Mariateresa Buttigliengo, President of theFriends of the Queen's Villa Association (Turin), U.V.A. Council member
"The Association "Amici di Villa della Regina" (Friends of the Queen's Villa) was founded with the intention of safeguarding and promoting the artistic and cultural value of the wonderful complex of Villa della Regina. United by their passion for art, history and culture, fond of the city of Turin and its historic architecture, the Voluntary Members work to support the projects concerning the Villa, with the aim (and dream) of giving shape to a conscious, sustainable and cultured tourism, which allows the maintenance and enhancement of one of the most beautiful and unknown "delights" of the crown of the Royal Residences of Turin, returned to the city after a long restoration work that has allowed their reopening to the public.”
Paolo Corbini, President of National Association of the Wine Cities (Siena)
"This model of recovery can be replicated in any city where there are wine productions and ancient vines to be rediscovered. Italy is very rich in this heritage and today it represents a new added value for our oenology.”
Benedetto Carella (Turin)
Fabrizio Galliati, President of Coldiretti Torino and Vice president of Coldiretti Piemonte