“To do business, the first necessity is to have infrastructures that work. This is why it is no longer possible to think that Florentine and Tuscan companies can go ahead and stand in national and international competition if the territory does not have the necessary structures, starting with the Florence airport. You can't grow up with the handbrake on. The new runway at Vespucci is indispensable "so, while waiting for the Conference of Services to say the final word on the project to upgrade the Florence airport and the new runway parallel to the motorway on 29 January, Ritano Baragli president of the cooperative Valvirginio, Colli Fiorentini winery, the first Chianti producer in the world, has decided to send a somewhat particular signal.

He lined up more than 1.500 bottles of wine to make the outline of a large plane and the (unequivocal) written Yes airport in the social cellar square (over 4 hours of work to fix them all).

“Politics must make politics and the company must do business - he explains Baragli -, but what must never happen is that they put a spoke in the wheels of those who want to invest and risk to create value and employment. As a cooperative we are confronted with the world every day and therefore we are exposed to very strong competition. It is obvious that if from our home instead of supporting us they hinder us, our competitors take advantage of it and the repercussions on the territory can only be negative both in terms of investments and jobs ”.

And the observation point of Baragli should not be underestimated because there are over 850 companies, mainly located in the production areas of Chianti Docg, Chianti Classico Docg, Toscano Igt and Olio Igp Toscano, which give their crops to the sites production of the Cooperative, with a turnover of 11 million euros. The winery produces 7% of the Chianti wine, the first producer of the appellation, and vinifies native and international grapes (such as Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Ciliegiolo, Malvasia, Merlot, Cabernet, Chardonnay etc.), which the 300 contributing members cultivate in their own vineyards that today count about 1500 hectares. Over 12 million kg. of grapes are vinified following traditional methods with the most advanced technologies, the result of investments that in recent years have exceeded 10 million euros. “And through particular attention to environmental protection - underlines Barbagli -, since we are the first Tuscan cooperative winery to have a photovoltaic system that allows the production and use of clean energy”. The winery also has seven points of sale located throughout the Tuscan territory.

"It is 20 years that the Tuscan and Florentine companies are waiting for the new track, it would be time to have clear answers in favor of growth and development" concludes Barbagli.

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