«The territories of the great wines of the Valdorcia do not accept and will never accept infrastructures that damage the environment, the landscape and the economy». This is the indignant reaction of the Orcia Doc producers to the news that one of the 23 sites that according to Sogin (the government company in charge of the investigation) have favorable characteristics for hosting a landfill, is right in the center of the production area of their denomination.
The no is very firm «no landfill, polluting settlement, building with a high visual impact can be built in an area that everyone, citizens, institutions and businesses contribute to safeguard with commitment and sacrifice. An effort that has lasted for decades and has contributed significantly to preserving the heritage of culture, environment and beauty created over the centuries, a masterpiece that the world knows and admires. An intact setting that increases the international image and the commercial value of food and wine excellences produced in the same area ».
The unanimous position of the Board of Directors of the Consortium for the protection of Orcia Wine echoes the negative opinion expressed by all the Tuscan institutions. The request is to exclude the territory of the Orcia from the list, promising, otherwise, a very tough opposition.
"The idea of identifying any form of landfill in the Doc Orcia territory, where there is the most preserved and beautiful agricultural landscape in the world," says the President of the Orcia Wine Consortium, Donatella Cinelli Colombini, recalling that «Valdorcia has been registered in the Unesco World Heritage Site since 2004 thanks to the integrity of a historical, cultural and environmental context of enormous value. In 2018, the countryside around Trequanda received the recognition of “Historic rural landscape of Tuscany” from the Ministry of Agriculture MIPAAF ».
Not far from the location chosen to deposit waste, some of the iconic places of the Tuscan companion, as well as the places where the films "The English Patient" and "The Gladiator" were filmed, enchanting the whole world with a landscape that seems suspended in time. . «An integrity that everyone has helped to preserve by subjecting themselves to very strict protection rules. Constraints that have preserved the miraculous harmony between history, nature and man's work that has lasted for centuries and was sung by poet Mario Luzi », continue by the Consortium. A sensitivity so accentuated that, in 2007, the project for a group of new homes, near Pienza, sparked a real uproar for which it was not built. For this reason, the Orcia Doc producers are amazed and indignant that in the production area of their denomination there is one of the 23 Italian sites considered suitable by SOGIN to host a new 178 hectares wide settlement, of which 110 are intended to house the 90 concrete buildings that will enclose. 78 thousand cubic meters of waste.
Tourism: they fly to cities like Pienza and Trequanda. Alongside the displeasure in seeing a cultural and environmental heritage admired throughout the world despised, there is the concern of the crisis of the agri-food and tourism production systems already severely tested by Covid. Until 50 years ago this area was very poor and has become a tourist destination of the first magnitude. In the two municipalities of Pienza and Trequanda alone, which are more directly involved in the project, there are 2.194 tourist beds and in 2019 212.000 tourist presences were registered. Over a third of the employed and the GDP derives from tourism.
The wine heritage of this area. Doc Orcia with over sixty wineries and about 300 bottles a year is considered among the emerging Italian denominations and has contributed since its birth year, 2000, to the growth of the visibility of the area concerned thanks not only to the promotion and sale of labels all over the world, but also with events related to wine of international interest, such as the Orcia Wine Festival.
La Valdorcia: a showcase of Italian food and wine excellences. In addition to the prestigious wines, this area produces certified agri-food products with DOP and IGP brands, in particular Pienza has been famous for centuries for its Pecorino cheese but in this area there are numerous excellences: extra virgin olive oil, for example, to which ancient production refers the production of terracotta jars by Petroio, which has its roots in the Renaissance. Or the white truffles of the Crete Senesi, saffron, aglio (giant garlic), cold cuts and Chianino beef. The white giant that the Romans used for religious ceremonies is the largest meat and work animal in the world, it originates in Valdichiana and in Trequanda it has one of its largest farms. Finally, as said the wine, the area identified by Sogin is in fact located on the hills not far from the production areas from the production areas of great DOCG wines that would certainly have a negative repercussion. However, the greatest damage would go to the Doc Orcia al Chianti and the IGT which are produced in the municipalities involved in the project, namely Pienza and Trequanda.