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Ponte Vecchio 2,
Bassano del Grappa,
In an age of globalisation and conglomerates growing steadily bigger, swallowing smaller competitors in their wake, it’s reassuring that family-owned and run businesses continue to thrive and prosper. Established in 1779, by Bortolo Nardini, and still run by his descendants, Nardini is the world’s oldest grappa producer and one of Italy’s oldest companies.
The Nardini family take sustainability very seriously and strive for zero waste. It would be fair to say that grappa production is a recycling operation. After all, the raw ingredient ‘pomace’ (pressed grapes) is the waste product of winemaking.
After distillation, rather than simply let the spent grape pomace rot as organic waste, it goes into a rotary drying kiln, a long horizontal turning tube with an Archimedes' screw to move the pomace along its length. As the pomace passes along the tube, hot air removes moisture. At the far end the dried grape skins are separated for use as nutritious animal feed while the seeds are collected for grape seed oil production. Absolutely nothing is wasted. After oil production, the dried seeds are used as a combustible fuel.