Type: Chapter

Natural capital accounting and biodiversity in the Italian winemaking industry


Federica Doni

University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy)

Antonio Corvino

University of Foggia (Italy)

Silvio Bianchi Martini

University of Pisa (Italy)

Publication date:

29 January 2024

ID: 9781835450703

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Biodiversity is a key resource for our planet’s natural systems. This chapter analyses the Italian context by exploring the relationship between biodiversity and the winemaking sector. This chapter first introduces the Italian winemaking sector. It then discusses how biodiversity is defined in the winemaking sector. The chapter goes on to analyse a range of reports on sustainability and biodiversity produced by a sample of five leading Italian winemaking companies. It then discusses a particular case study of Cantine Teanum, a family-run small-medium enterprise (SME) situated in the Apulia Region, By conducting a semi-structured interview with Cantine Teanum, the authors investigated ‘why’ and ‘how’ biodiversity is beginning to play a significant role in the winemaking industry. The findings provide an interesting insight about the main actions and policies carried out by winemakers and, at the same time, barriers in protecting biodiversity in vineyard management.

Table of contents

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 The Italian winemaking sector
  • 3 Defining biodiversity in the winemaking sector
  • 4 Sustainability and biodiversity reporting in the Italian winemaking sector
  • 5 Case study: Cantine Teanum
  • 6 Conclusion
  • 7 Acknowledgements
  • 8 References