About Us

Tergeo is a project promoted by Unione Italiana Vini (UIV) for gathering, qualifying, and diffusing innovative solutions for improving the sustainability of vine and wine enterprises.

It’s a model for the dissemination of knowledge and knowhow among all the actors of the vine and wine production chain, and in particular among:

Our objective is implementing and diffusing a system for “An Italian Sustainability” in the vineyards and in the cellars.

Tergeo themes are defined in the International documents about sustainability.

Sustainability has become a must for all productive sectors, thank to an increasing of social sensitivity and mainly thanks to the maturity of initiatives at an international level, defining a more and more demanding benchmarking. Sustainability is also the core of Europe 2020 strategy for an intelligent, inclusive and eco-sustainable development. European policies for research and agriculture stress the need of characterizing the innovative production processes, like services, where a very severe coherence is the key for a concrete sustainable development.

Italian vine-growing reality has well understood the importance of answering the defiance of sustainability. Many initiatives have been developing in recent years for implementing sustainability projects with the objective of promoting new practical paths for the enterprises. Thanks to all this, the Italian vine and wine sector could enter the international scene, specially thanks to the valuable initiatives implemented in the various producing countries, besides the very important activity of the International Vine and Wine Organization.

Furthermore, the Italian vine and wine sector organized an international seminar on Sustainable Viticulture and Wine Production in November 2013, during the 25th Simei edition. This event permitted to highlight a Global concept for sustainability in the wine value chain, by elaborating useful recommendations for encouraging a sustainable development of the global wine community (tab. 1).

Tab. 1 – The “Recommendations” highlighted during the seminar organized in the 25th Simei edition for encouraging a sustainable development of the global wine community.

1 The vine and wine industry must clearly express its objective of contributing to the environment in a positive way for the well being of the environment, of economy, of society, at a local, national, and international level. Cooperation and counseling between stakeholders – something quite different from competition and personal interests – are essential. Top-down approaches and two many rules and regulations are quite pernicious for the sector, and do not encourage to an engagement for a long term sustainability.
2 A clear definition of the sustainability fundamental pillars would improve the dialogue through all the vine and wine sector, help cooperation and joined efforts among producers, and also take advantages for the final consumers
3 Inputs towards research and co-innovation are helpful for guiding the sector to the necessary changes that can take to a more sustainable approach.
4 Know how must be diffused and new solutions must be proposed to the final users rapidly. Therefore training and education are fundamental for letting all the actors in the production chain have the necessary tools for being sustainable. Educating consumers is important as well, since approaches to sustainability must be recognized, valued, and praised.
5 Sustainability can’t be reached by dealing only with some aspects or phases of the life cycle of a product. An integrated approach is essential for managing all the pressing and benefits coming from service providers, up to final consumers.
6 The social and economic aspects of sustainability should be highlighted just like the environmental ones. The latter must be implemented with proper and effective tools.
7 Research should be more supported and coordinated, in order to develop methodologies for measuring sustainability in a clear and transparent way.
8 The claims of sustainability, the certification systems and the labels should be guided by a clear and transparent strategy, for avoiding their proliferation and misuse, that would only create uncertainty for the consumers and for all the vine and wine sector.
9 Governmental policies should create opportunities for a diversification based on the concepts of “public goods” or “eco-systemic services”, for encouraging the vine and wine sector to invest in solutions taking long term advantages for the society.
10 Politics must provide the necessary incentives and supports for implementing sustainable solutions, motivating towards quality and excellence at the same time.
(From the document Paths for the vine and wine sustainability in Italy: experiences and perspectives for implementing an Italian model for wine sustainability. By Eugenio Pomarici, Chiara Corbo, Riccardo Vecchio, Ettore Capri)

Tergeo, accepting the 10 recommendations, in particular n. 1 and n.5, wants to explore all sustainability dimensions and phases of the life cycle of the product, from the vineyard to the consumer.

The dimensions of sustainability

The concept of sustainable development is based on three fundamental components:

Economic sustainability, that is the ability of generating incomes and work for the sustenance of the population.

Social sustainability, that is the ability of granting conditions of human wellbeing equally distributed according to gender and social classes. Social sustainability also includes institutional sustainability, that is the capacity of granting democracy and justice.;

Environmental sustainability, that is the ability of preserving the quality and reproducibility of natural resources.

Sustainability must be implemented by facing all the aspects or phases of the life cycle of a product. An integrated approach is essential for managing all the pressing and benefits coming from service providers, up to the final consumer.

Tergeo is steered by a Technical-Scientific Committee, appointed by the President of Unione Italiana Vini. The Committee decides objectives and priorities. Since its establishment until today the Committee has been focusing on two specific services: Apps and SustainAbility System.


The actors of the vine and wine production chain belonging to Tergeo (research bodies, vine and wine enterprises, partners, organizations, associations) propose the Technical Scientific Committee knowhow and technologies for developing the sustainability in the sector.

The Technical Scientific Committee evaluates their proposals and, if necessary, asks them for integrations and clarifications.

The Apps proposed are transferred to the vine and wine enterprises in Tergeo project, by demonstrations and trials, training courses or informative documents diffused through the Unione Italiana Vini communication channels, like the Corriere Vinicolo, the Newsletter, the Tergeo Website, etc.

How applications are approved and disseminated:

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SustainAbility System

The Sustainability System is the core of Tergeo project. It was created by Unione Italiana Vini, with the objective of inducing all the actors in the vine and wine production chain to adopt eco-sustainable processes, and to measure and demonstrate ongoing improvements.

Through this system vine growers and oenologists can demonstrate the degree of sustainability of their enterprises and adopt more and more sustainable processes.