Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

Soave Traditional Vineyards, Italy

GIAHS since 2018

Soave traditional vineyards are an agro-economic system that provide income to more than 3,000 families for 200 years. This system has kept traditional ways to train the vines and succeeded in distributing an income and security to the various stakeholders involved in the production chain, such as grapes producers, wine producers and bottlers, even during the most difficult periods. Even though it is characterized by small or micro estates, it has succeeded in remaining competitive thanks to cooperation and innovation. The grape grown in the system is used to produce one of the most famous Italian wines.   


The place of sustainable tourism in preserving four incredible agricultural sites

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the tourism sector hard and international travel in particular has suffered a blow, particularly impacting rural people whose livelihoods may rely on foreign visitors. But with every challenge there is an opportunity, and this is one to build tourism back better: more sustainably, more fairly, promoting non-traditional, rural destinations and creating more resilient livelihoods for local communities.

Exploring Italy’s Two Agricultural Heritage Systems Designated By Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations

Amidst the gentle, rolling hills near the city of Verona, the traditional Soave Vineyards have become the first Italian GIAHS in 2018. The area produces a richly textured white wine, the Recioto di Soave, that comes from the carefully selected Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave grapes growing on the volcanic and calcareous soil of the area. This agricultural system is truly unique and fruit of centuries of agricultural development.

Sites in Iran and Italy designated FAO globally important agricultural heritage sites

Traditional grape cultivation systems in Iran and Soave vineyards in Italy were formally recognised today as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), for their unique ways to produce grape and grape-based products using traditional practices and knowledge while preserving biodiversity and ecosystems.