Interview with Luca Bellini
How did your profession as an agricultural expert begin?
When I was a kid I had a great passion for humanistic subjects and for nature and animals.
When the time came to choose which school to attend, I was only fourteen and I was not able to choose. So my father, who was already practicing as an agronomist consultant, chose a school for me that would allow me to be in contact with nature: the agricultural technical institute.
I understood immediately what were the subjects I liked a lot and the ones I was not really keen on, once I graduated I immediately started to do the job my father was already doing.
For me this job represents my personal challenge to succeed in what I do.
Even today, thanks to the company I work for, I am faced with a challenge every day.
So what is the biggest challenge of your job?
Fortunately it is a challenge that I won a few years ago, I had an idea for a natural organic fertilizer. I was almost the only one who believed in it.
What do you concretely do for Farina?
My role is to be a pediatrician at the beginning of the life of the vines and a general practitioner during the period of the growth. Obviously there’s also my role as a geriatrician during the decline of the plants.
How long does a vine live?
It can live long. One of the signs through which you realize the attention that a winery has for quality, is generally related to how old their vines are. Viticulture is a mix of tradition and innovation, this combination must be kept in mind and respected. Viticulture today can no longer be the one of a hundred years ago, but it must look at what was done in the past, to filter what should be maintained and what should be renewed instead.
In your opinion how does Farina position itself as a company?
Farina has strong roots that sink into tradition, being one of the historic families in the production of wine in this area.
Could you give us your vision of agronomist of the vine?
The vine is very simple to understand if explained in the right way.
The roots are the purchasing office, that is where the plant takes the substances it needs to survive.
The leaves are instead the factory, which thanks to the raw materials purchased, sunlight and air, produce sugar for themselves and oxygen for us, through photosynthesis.
The wood, instead, is the bank, which takes care of protecting the plant and preserves unused reserves, so the bigger the wood is, the older the vine is, containing many reserves.
This allows the bunch to develop at its best and to exploit the reserves accumulated during its life.
The bunch instead is the marketing: the plant is focused on the seed and not the berry, the sugar contained in the berry serves as an attraction for the animals, these will eat the seeds and thus allow the plant to reproduce.
I think that in nature we can find everything we need and it can teach us a lot.