Support for innovation, digitalisation, internationalisation and exports. In the first six months of 2021, Italian wine exports exceeded 3.3 billion, up 15.6% compared to the same period in 2020. For Lombardy, the growth was 11.7%. The Brescia wine and spirits district grew by 28% from 2008 to 2020. In Italy, about 70% of wine production is certified PDO/PGI; in Lombardy the percentage exceeds 90% with 41 PDO/PGI certified wines.

Sustainable growth must be stimulated and financed. This is the philosophy behind the protocol between Ascovilo (Association of Lombardy Wine Consortia) and Intesa Sanpaolo signed during Vinitaly and now operational. This is the first step towards support for companies through support for internationalisation and the development of exports, as well as the definition of a working table for the study and analysis of the Lombardy wine production chain with in-depth analysis of the main economic trends.

In the year of the Coronavirus pandemic, these agreements are strategic for supporting the production system linked to Lombardy's wine companies. The Agribusiness Directorate has already made available resources and services to support a sector that is fundamental to the country's real economy, acting as a qualified interlocutor to accompany operators at all stages of development, as well as supporting investments aimed at promoting new business projects, with particular attention to the criteria of sustainability and the circular economy.

The agreement also provides member companies with access to. to the "revolving wine pledge DOC", Intesa Sanpaolo's financial solution that enables them to make a timely assessment of their aging wine stocks and convert them into useful collateral to obtain new lines of credit.

Research by Intesa Sanpaolo's Studies and Research Department shows a growing Lombardy region 

Research by Intesa San Paolo's Studies and Research Department shows that in 2020 the Italian agri-food system generated added value of almost €64 billion and employed more than 1.4 million people, with a weight on the economy of 4.3% and 5.7% respectively. Italian wine exports totalled around €6.3 billion in 2020, down 2.2% compared to 2019. Wine exports in Lombardy show a contraction in 2020 of -11.7%. In the first six months of 2021, Italian wine exports exceeded 3.3 billion, up 15.6% compared to the same period in 2020. For Lombardy, the growth was 11.7%. Compared to the first half of 2019, Lombardy's wine exports have not yet recovered to pre-covid levels (-7.3%). The province of Pavia is among the top twenty Italian provinces for wine production in 2020 (20th position), Brescia is in 33rd place.

The Brescia wine and spirits district grew by 28% from 2008 to 2020, from 102 to over 130 million euros. In 2020 it recorded a partial setback (-13.9% trend). In the first half of 2021, the trend is still negative (-2.2% vs. 1 sem of 2020; -15.8% vs. 1 sem of 2019).

In Italy, about 70% of wine production is certified PDO/PGI; in Lombardy, the percentage exceeds 90% with 41 PDO/PGI certified wines.

In 2019, the bottled value of PDO/PGI wine in the region reached 422 million euros (eighth region by impact, 4.6% of the Italian total). In 2020, the Italian Sommelier Association awarded the highest recognition of "Quattro Viti" to 43 labels from Lombardy.

Comment by Giovanna Prandini

We are focusing on sustainability and the circular economy in the Lombardy wine-growing and producing chain," remarked Giovanna Prandini, president of Ascovilo, "and we are pushing for support for promotion and training in collaboration with universities and higher technical institutes. Agro-foods is undoubtedly a strategic sector for Lombardy, able to grow even in times of crisis thanks to the same structural characteristics that have determined its success on world markets," concluded President Prandini. - The sector is, in fact, sustained by higher quality production that expresses high added value and pushes us to the top of the international market share ranking in the top range. This is the background to the agreement between Ascovilo and Intesa Sanpaolo, which will support the agricultural economy with an eye to internationalisation.

Renzo Simonato: shared paths and coherent interventions

Renzo Simonato, head of Intesa Sanpaolo's Agribusiness Department: "We are very pleased to have embarked on a shared path with the Associazione Consorzi Tutela Vini Lombardi to benefit the Lombardy wine industry. A collaboration in which we provide companies with important skills in the fields of internationalisation, sustainability and the circular economy, as well as dedicated financial services. Interventions that are consistent with the guidelines of the PNRR and that we have widely implemented in recent months with numerous consortia to support the various supply chains in the agri-food sector.

Intesa Sanpaolo| Intesa Sanpaolo is a Wealth Management & Protection Company, the leading bank in Italy and one of the most solid and profitable banks in Europe. As a bank, it offers commercial banking, corporate investment banking, private banking, asset management and insurance services. The Intesa Sanpaolo Group has approximately 13.5 million customers in Italy, served through its digital and traditional channels, and 7.1 million customers abroad, where it is present with subsidiary banks operating in commercial banking in 12 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as with an international network specialised in supporting corporate customers in 25 countries. Intesa Sanpaolo is recognised as one of the most sustainable banks in the world and is committed to becoming a reference model in terms of sustainability and social and cultural responsibility. It promotes relevant projects for economic inclusion and poverty reduction, including an impact fund for 1.5 billion euro of loans to categories of people with difficulties in accessing credit. In the environmental field, it has created a EUR 6 billion fund dedicated to the circular economy. The Group is also strongly committed to cultural activities in Italy and abroad, with the aim of defending, enhancing and sharing the country's historical and artistic heritage, thanks in part to the permanent and temporary exhibitions hosted at the Gallerie d'Italia, Intesa Sanpaolo's museums in Milan, Naples, Vicenza and, soon, Turin.

As.Co.Vi.Lo. | Ascovilo, the Association of Consortia for the Protection of Lombardy Wines with D.O.C.G. , D.O.C. and I.G.T. was founded on July 28, 1977 to protect and enhance the quality wine production of Lombardy. Among its members it boasts as many as 13 Consorzi di Tutela Vino: Consorzio Tutela Vini Oltrepò Pavese, Consorzio San Colombano, Consorzio Tutela Lugana, Consorzio Tutela Moscato di Scanzo, Consorzio Vini Mantovani, Consorzio Tutela Valcalepio, Consorzio Tutela Vini di Valtellina, Consorzio Botticino, Consorzio Montenetto, Consorzio Valtènesi, Consorzio Terre Lariane , Consorzio Garda DOC and Consorzio Valcamonica. Ascovilo has recently launched, in partnership with the Consorzio di Tutela del Formaggio Grana Padano, the three-year promotion project (May 2021 - April 2024) "European excellence of taste. Born to be together," an information and promotion plan co-financed by the European Union (Regulation (EU) 1144/2014) involving Italy and Germany. Its purpose is to promote awareness of PDO and PGI brands among European consumers, particularly in Italy and Germany, and to spread awareness in those countries of Grana Padano PDO and Lombardy DOCG, DOC and IGT wines promoted by Ascovilo, products of certified quality and authenticity.

Website: www.ascovilo.it | "European Excellence of Taste" project: https://borntobetogether.eu/ https://www.facebook.com/Natiperstareinsieme/

Photo: from the left Riccardo Tramezzani, Ascovilo president Giovanna Prandini and Renzo Simonato last on the right