Why chemical analysis of our wines matters so much to us

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Each year Barone Pizzini has an outside agency conduct a laboratory analysis of all of its wines to ascertain whether they contain any chemical residue.

The analyses are performed yearly by Neotron, one of Italy’s leading laboratories for agricultural and viticultural testing, located in Modena, an outfit with more than 30 years experience in the field.

We can already hear you yawning. Yes, we know. Reading lab results can be unbearably boring — especially when all the results are negative!

But we wanted to share the 2013 reports with you here and here.

When consulting the analysis results, please note that “LQ” stands for “limite di quantificazione” or “limit of quantification”: “The smallest detectable concentration an analytical instrument can determine at a given confidence level.” When there is no value in that column, it’s because the analysis revealed that there was no detectable presence of the compound in question.

Yes, it makes for boring reading. But it also gives you a sense of our level of commitment in producing chemical-free wines. The list of compounds for which they test, alone, gives you an idea of how meticulous the testing is.

Back when Barone Pizzini general manager Silvano Brescianini first began working at the winery, it was right around the same time that Italy adopted its first workplace safety regulations (it was part of the EU Common Market reforms of the 1990s).

He tells the story often.

“When I was reviewing the list of hazardous chemicals used in the winery, I thought to myself,” he says, “why are we making wine with chemicals that could hurts us if we come into contact with them? That’s when I realized that the future had to be organic farming.”

In the late 1990s, Barone Pizzini began experimenting with organic farming. And in 2001, it became the first certified organic winemaker in Franciacorta.

These laboratory results are testament to Barone Pizzini’s commitment to chemical-free wines.

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