theVegWays Winery

Tenuta Fornace and the Rossi family, two centuries of making ethically sustainable wines.

The Rossi family has been part-owner of the Tenuta Fornace winery since as long ago as 1823, during which time they have continued to acquire land. As a result,the Rossis now farm a very substantial vineyard area of 120 hectares (296 acres)on the border between the northern Italian Regions of Lombardy and Piedmont. All of these beautifully manicured “vine gardens” grow only typical local grape varieties, and the average age of the vines is quite high - the youngest are around 25 years old and the oldest about 80 years old, thus ensuring greater concentration of flavour and aromas in the wines. Many years ago Andrea Rossi - the present owner, who is in overall control of vine-growing and winemaking at the estate – made a determined commitment: to work with extreme respect for Mother Nature, be totally sustainable and avoid any treatment of the vines or wines that contains substances of animal origin.

Andrea's objective is to produce and offer to wine lovers everywhere good, healthy wines that are easy to drink and understand. Thanks to Andrea’s dedication to his principles, Tenuta Fornace has obtained ICEA Organic and Bio-Vegan certification.(ICEA, which stands for Istituto per la Certificazione Etica e Ambientale - Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification - is an authority that is recognised worldwide).

Tenuta Fornace is today the largest winery in Italy with such certification, with 120 hectares (296 acres) all farmed according to ICEA’s strict regulations.