Ecowine experience in Tuscia
by Isabelle Tobe
Trebotti is a relatively new winery born in 2003. The Botti family vineyard is beautifully located, spreading across the towns of Castiglione in Teverina, and Civita D’Agliano and overlooks the Alviano Natural Reserve. The company is very focused on sustainable farming and is the only organic winery in the area.
We’re all familiar with the term organic, but what is the actual process of organic winemaking? For starters, organic farmers refrain from pesticides. Trebotti naturally protects its vineyards from insects with sulfur, instead of harsh chemicals that are typically used to do so. Trebotti is also aware of the adverse effects of sulfites. To clean the wine bottles, Trebotti uses oxygen as a cleanser, instead of sulfites. “You avoid a headache, and the wine is more respected. You respect yourself as well as the wine,” claims Francesco Botti, father of the Botti family.
Though primarily focused on wine, the winery also produces organic honey, hazelnut spreads, jelly, olive oil, and bludom-soaked pecorino cheese. Frequent, affordable wine tours are given weekly. The winery also offers a venue for weddings and private parties. On-site jazz concerts, art exhibitions, and sustainable agriculture conferences are organized each year and are free to the public.
A trip to the Trebotti vineyards is an enjoyable experience for all ages. The Botti family is incredibly hospitable and passionate about sustainable agriculture and their winemaking. The dedication to the craft is apparent in their products, and the natural beauty of the rolling vineyard is enough of reason in and of itself to visit.