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Consorzio Uva del Tundè
The Consorzio Uva del Tundè (Tundè Grape Consortium), with the exclusion of all and any profit, has the objective of developing, promoting and protecting the “Uva del Tundè” grape variety, favouring (private and public) research/studies by competent specific local organisations with a view to improving agronomic cultivation techniques and the processing of the wine grape varieties they make possible. Moreover, other typical, local autochthonous products useful for the promoting knowledge of the territory and the resources it contains will also be subject to development, supporting the image (in terms of tourism, foods and wines) of its own territory of competence, on both a local and national level, collaborating with local organisation in the forms and ways allowed by laws currently in force, organising the collective participation of the members in fairs and manifestations.
Over recent years, within the environments mainly involved in wine making and oenology we are witnessing a gradual yet steady inversion of trends towards the rediscovering of local grape varieties that are part of our past, our history, and represent our varied and cultural heritage.
We are speaking of autochthonous grape varieties or, as it might be more correct to define them, “ancient settlements”, it’s up to the reader: the essence remains the same.
These are almost always historic varieties deeply rooted within a precise and circumscribed territorial area, thereby defining the typical character of the cultural fabric.
Based on these new currents of thought, in 1998 a project dubbed “Vitigni minori” (Lesser Grape Varieties) was born, financed by the Region of Emilia-Romagna for the purpose of identifying and characterizing local grape varieties.
Through this project, coordinated by the C.R.P.V. (Centro Ricerche Produzioni Vegetali/Vegetable Production Research Centre) and undertaken by the Interdisciplinary Vineyard and Oenological Research Centre of the University of Bologna, a series of studies were conducted that made it possible to extract the DNA from the plant and analyse it genetically to identify a new biotype with interesting morphological characteristics, which were then evaluated according to their oenological aptitude.
All this has led to the identification of different autochthonous grape varieties with interesting characteristics from both agronomic and oenological points of view.
In particular, the long years of research conducted within our companies that have given researchers total access to their terrains have led to the registration of the Uva del Tundè in the Registro Nazionale delle Varietà di Vite (National Registry of Grape Varieties) and its inclusion in the Elenco delle Varietà Autorizzate per la Regione Emilia Romagna con Determinazione del Responsabile del Servizio Produzioni Vegetali n. 9852 del 5 Ottobre 2009 (List of Authorised Varieties for the Region of Emilia Romagna with Resolution of the Vegetable Production Service Manager no.9852 of 5 October 2009) and consequential publication in the Bollettino Ufficiale della Regione Emilia Romagna (Official Bulletin of the Region of Emilia Romagna).
A bit of history:
From 1932 to 1956, Mr. Tondini Primo, the father of Mrs. Ines Tondini, carried out a series of experimental tests on new cultivars of red grapes that he had obtained through a procedure unknown to others.
The guidelines of his research were, without a shadow of a doubt, his overwhelming passion for vineyards and wine making, that had always represented for the Tondini family one of the main forms of professional satisfaction, in addition to being a way of earning a living.
His enormous manual abilities in carrying out hybrids, pollinating, and grafting of all types was recognised by many during that period. The name of this grape variety – “Uva del Tundé” (Tondini’s grape) – obviously derives from the surname of its creator, given the fact that the expression “Uva del Tundé” is nothing other than the literal translation from the Italian “Uva del Tondini” into the Romagnolo dialect. Primo’s plants were very productive, with high resistance to phylloxera and the classic fungal diseases of grapevines, like downy mildew.
Ines Tondini safeguarded and took care of the variety created by her father, determined to maintain the same at efficient productivity levels, guaranteeing its protection and preservation over the years.
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