Though you would never suspect it, in the bucolic Umbrian countryside there is a revolution going on. Dominating the plain beneath the Monte Vibiano castle, a sprawling cantina with the aesthetic of a Napa Valley winery on steroids–with its chic outdoor winebar and designer tasting room– could easily fool the casual observer. But beneath the Armani suit, Castello di Monte Vibiano Vecchio dons hemp underwear and Birkenstocks.
The first in the world to be certified at zero greenhouse gas emissions according to international standards, the winery boasts a groundbreaking cantina especially fascinating for science buffs. Photovoltaic electricity, biofuel, organic fertilizer, managed forest, albedo roofs, sustainable mobility, and general energy efficiency–no one has more ecological street cred, and with their award-winning wines they have shown that world that the best whites and reds are those tinged with green.