The sustainability is a core value of the Social Winery Tezze di Piave and we find it even before its establishment within the local context where it was born. One of the historical evidence of sustainability in the area is given just by Bellussera, method of viticulture created by Bellussi family at the beginning of 1900. This system was used by the Roveda family in 1921 when they made a vineyard of Raboso (which is actually producing Raboso del Piave 1921 ) that still is maintained from the Social Winery, keeping substantially unchanged the working methods of the vineyard creation period. You can see a satellite photo by clicking here.


The 1921 Raboso del Piave vineyard
Vineyard created in 1921 and still matained from Social Winery Tezze di Piave
Mulberry as living brace
In this photo you can see the mulberrys used as living brace since the creation of the vineyard


The Bellussera method provides 3 levels of production insistent on the same surface: the first was represented by everything that was produced on the ground walked on, as grass for raising cattle that provided milk and meat, while along the row between the grapevines were cultivated legumes and tubers. The second level was specifically tied to the grapevine which provided grapes for the production of wine, and grape from which was produced grappa; the wood part of the vinegrape was used as fuel to heat homes. Finally, the third level, the most important, based precisely on the use of mulberry as live brace. The branches of the mulberry tree, very flexible, were used the same way as strings to secure the Bellussera ray and the leaves were used by the farmer to feed silkworms, which were then sold by the farmer and used in the silk industry, a very important one in the area.


Chemical analisys Fig. 1-2
Sample of the analisys made by the Social Winery
Chemical analisys Fig. 2-2
Sample of the analisys made by the Social Winery


This period perfectly represents the concept of sustainability linked to the territory that the Social Winery preserves today to offer a product in line with the tradition of the area and its history. For example, the water used in the production process of the winery are treated by modern sewage treatment plant inside the winery of the capacity of 12,000 population equivalents, based on the filtration of wastewater to guarantee the quality of the water itself. To address our members towards sustainability bullettins on interventions practiced in the various stages of grape growing are provided promptly to the winery, guaranteeing the quality of the wine, as the Social Winery works only grapes from their members. The winery also makes analysis of the active chemicals on incoming grapes, in order to check the correct times and methods of growth.