The CERVIM, Centre for Research, Environmental Sustainability and Advancement of Mountain Viticulture, is an international organisation set up for the specific purpose of promoting and protecting the heroic viticulture.
That is why the Scientific an Thechnical Committee of the centre defined the criteria to idenfify this viticultuire:
- Vineyard sites at altitudes over 500 meters (1600 feet).
- Vines planted on slopes greater than 30%.
- Vines planted on terraces or embankments.
- Vines planted on small islands in difficult growing conditions.
Centre of research
Enhancement and preservation of the heritage created by the wine-growing mountain and steep
The CERVIM is an international organization created in 1987 under the auspices of 'OIV, the Office International de la Vigne et du Vin, today Organization Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin.
At the center regions and join regional organizations, national and foreign, by the union for the use and protection of mountain viticulture.
The center, governed by the law of the Autonomous Region of Valle d'Aosta No 17, 18 August 2004, is based in Valle d'Aosta and operates always promoting studies, research and conferences and ensuring its presence in all institutions and industry where you face problems related to viticulture, becoming the guarantor of the interests of The Mountain Viticoltura and steep.
Characteristics of vineyards represented
The cultivation of the vine in mountain areas, steep slopes or in small islands presents unique characteristics
The features that share the areas associated with CERVIM and which is based on the recognition of "heroic vineyards" are as follows:
- orographic conditions that create impediments to mechanization ù
- from small vineyards, not always contiguous and in many cases the presence of terraces
- farms from operating space contained
- prevalence of entrepreneurship is not a principal need for major economic investment in the event of a reformulation of modern viticulture
- climatic conditions not always optimal (eg water needs)
- differentiated type of grapes, wine production with outside world models (niche products)
- vineyards, geographically highly valued landscapes and tourist
The regions participating in the CERVIM
The CERVIM representing different regions and regional organizations in Europe
CERVIM are associated to the regions that are on their territory, a mountain viticulture, or in similar conditions:
Valle d'Aosta, Lombardy, Veneto in Italy, Galicia and Canary Islands in Spain, the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes in France
We also join regional organizations that represent Liguria and Sicily in Italy, the Styria in Austria, Banyuls and Collioure in France, the Mosel and Geisenheim in Germany.
The CERVIM has its headquarters in Valle d'Aosta, a region located in the heart of Europe.