Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

Soave Traditional Vineyards, Italy

GIAHS since 2018

Soave traditional vineyards are an agro-economic system that provide income to more than 3,000 families for 200 years. This system has kept traditional ways to train the vines and succeeded in distributing an income and security to the various stakeholders involved in the production chain, such as grapes producers, wine producers and bottlers, even during the most difficult periods. Even though it is characterized by small or micro estates, it has succeeded in remaining competitive thanks to cooperation and innovation. The grape grown in the system is used to produce one of the most famous Italian wines.   


Sites in Iran and Italy designated FAO globally important agricultural heritage sites

Traditional grape cultivation systems in Iran and Soave vineyards in Italy were formally recognised today as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), for their unique ways to produce grape and grape-based products using traditional practices and knowledge while preserving biodiversity and ecosystems.

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ITALY- Soave Traditional Vineyards