“Bianco" White Balsamic condiment
Acetaia Castelli
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The project

Adopt a grapevine from the farm "Acetaia Castelli" in Rio Saliceto (Italy) and receive your harvest in the form of “Bianco" White Balsamic condiment at home. The Farmer Danilo will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

The project

Adopt a grapevine from the farm "Acetaia Castelli" in Rio Saliceto (Italy) and receive your harvest in the form of “Bianco" White Balsamic condiment at home. The Farmer Danilo will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

What do you adopt?
Adopt a grapevine from our farm in Rio Saliceto (Italy). During the process of adoption you can choose a name that we will engrave on a plaque and hang on your tree. To produce the "Bianco" White Balsamic condiment, we start from Trebbiano Romagnolo\Modenese vines which together with Lambrusco vines are among the most historic vines in our region. Furthermore, Trebbiano grapes are among the varieties allowed to produce the Traditional Balsamic vinegar of Reggio Emilia PDO (Protected denomination of origin) which we are producers. Trebbiano is quite widespread both in the centre and north Italy because it is a strong and adaptable vine. It is a white grape quite pulpy but the most important thing it gives a very delicate juice, that's why we choose to use it to produce our BIANCO white balsamic condiment. __The production process of this product: __ After the harvest, the grapes are pressed. About 30% is converted into wine vinegar and the other part is cooked at low temperature and high pressure to enhance concentration. This process is very important as the low temperature prevents the sugars contained in the grapes from caramelising which would give a dark colour and strong flavour. This part differs from the classic dark balsamic vinegar but allows us to keep the final product more delicate, fresh and clear. Once our Bianco is elaborated it passes through a light ageing process in the barrel. During some weeks the Bianco will be "rounded" that is to say, harmonizing and balancing flavors and aromas. The acidity is low at around 4.5%. The productive life of a grapevine is around 25 years. For as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew your adoption year after year. If your grapevine dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from other grapes. Each grapevine produces an average of 4.5l per season. If you like balsamic vinegar, have a look at our [other project](http://www.crowdfarming.com/en/farmer/acetaia-castelli/up/vine).
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: 6 x __“Bianco" White Balsamic condiment__ (250ml bottle) * Variety: Trebbiano grape * Low acidity, around 4.5% * Thickness 1.25 As the grapes from which it is made this condiment is very fresh, clear and delicate perfect with summer salads, fish or marinades. Imagine a perfect sea bream with some flavored herbs and some drops of our Bianco, it gives a wonderful taste without spoiling the color (this is an other advantage compared to the classic dark one). We cannot call it Balsamic Vinegar because only PGI and PDO product can use that name. As all our products it is colorant, preservatives and thickeners free. 100% Natural. Herbicide free. Perfect for those who don't like strong or pungent taste and flavor. Conservation recommendations: shelf life of 3 years. Keep it at room temperature, in a dark place.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner. * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas. * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste. * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques.
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Let the Farmer and nature work

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Receive your harvest at home

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Danilo Iotti
More than 100 years ago, my wife’s grandfather Giuseppe Poli, used to store balsamic vinegars in old wooden barrels in the attic of the family farm. Since then, the consumption of balsamic in the world has grown exponentially, perhaps too quickly. Although my family and I are aware of the great demand for balsamic vinegar in the current market, we defend with pride and satisfaction the philosophy that has allowed us to continue to be a family winery: "better little but unique than much as many others". Our vineyards have too many years of history to be tempted to make a vulgar product. Giuseppe managed to pass on his love for the vineyard and the production techniques to his son Aldo, my father-in-law. Aldo was the first of the family to register vineyards with the protected designation of origin of the province, Modena. In my life I have done many and various jobs: bricklayer, carpenter, dugarolo (the one who regulates the flow of water to the fields) but life in the fields has always been a passion and, still today, I do not consider it as a job but a part of me, of my history and this represents me. This year I turn 80 and I no longer have the same energy as before. My wife and I have dedicated our whole lives to the care of the vines and work in the cellar, keeping the family tradition. Now our son Andrea is the one who has the responsibility to write the future of this company. There are other people who work with us and help us in sales, administration and production. Everyone shares our passion and is part of our extended "family". This model of adoption of our vines encourages us to look to the future with optimism knowing that there are people who encourage us to continue to bet on quality and good work.
Danilo Iotti

"My son, Andrea, had the good fortune to meet the founders of CrowdFarming a few years ago, just before this beautiful project came to life, and was fascinated by it. He told me about the philosophy and passion that guides them and the importance of creating a direct link between the producer and the consumers. Becoming a farmer in crowdfarming was a natural consequence as I believe in the same values, and this project allows me to explain the characteristics of my balsamics and the story behind them. The market is complex and full of non-genuine products, but I am happy to see so many people who share our philosophy and I am relieved to know that I will be able to leave the company to my son who will continue to pass on our passion and history to all of you."

Acetaia Castelli
Acetaia Castelli
The name Acetaia Castelli comes from the street where it resides “Via Castelli”, so named not because there is a real castle but because historically it was the first street with two-storey houses. We are located in a small village, Rio Saliceto, in the province of Reggio Emilia, in the very heart of the Po valley. This land is characterized by hot and sunny summers and wet and cold winter, the perfect weather for the Balsamic vinegar production. This is a flat area, with many cultivated fields and lush vineyards, worked by friendly and welcoming people, where the Po river (the longest and the most important Italian river) flows north and where the Apennines mountain range rises in the south. This land is so rich in great products that it was recently renamed “Food Valley”. My whole family has strong roots in this area and I feel that their history and culture define me. It is an honour for me to see my factory growing, with the help of my family and to scatter a piece of our land in the whole world. The vineyards are irrigated by a system of drainage channels and sprinklers with water from the nearby river Po. We try to irrigate only when it is strictly necessary, according to the summer’s drought. We then have different plots of land with significantly different water requirements; we can say that on average a plant needs 1-2 m3 per year. In general, we try to keep a cultivation as genuine as possible, also exploiting natural fertilizers such as fermented cow manure, the grass is cut, chopped and left in the vineyard as a nutrient. Moreover the stalks and berries deriving from pruning and harvesting are composted and scattered again in the fields the following year. In the farm there are five men, three women and few seasonal assistants during the periods of harvesting and winter pruning. My wife, my son and his wife are working in the company, and we try to create a familiar and collaborative environment also with "external" employees. We firmly believe that a peaceful, inclusive and relaxed atmosphere leads to better products and a more prosperous company. Therefore we try to recognize, as far as possible, the appropriate remuneration for our employees, including seasonal workers, so that they are happy to do what is best for the good of the whole company. The charm of our products is that the whole vineyard’s production can be used for the balsamic vinegar, and since it is a natural preservative, it does not expire. We are members of a social winery in the city to which every year we give a small part of the harvest for the production of an excellent Lambrusco wine. We also have a small container for composting in which are placed the remains of pruning used to fertilize the family garden and fruit plants.
Technical information
Address
Acetaia Castelli, Rio Saliceto, IT
Altitude
24 meters
Team
5 men and 3 women
Size
8 hectares
Irrigation
irrigation canals and sprinkler irrigation
Cultivation type
Irrigation agriculture
Location