View of Piglio at the foot of Mount Scalambra
The company is located in the municipalities of Piglio and Labico. In Piglio, home of the Cesanese and Roman viticulture, there are vineyards and olive groves nourished by volcanic and calcareous soils and protected by the curtain of Mount Scalambra, the first important relief towards Abruzzo. Labico has always been the company headquarters, with 4 hectares dedicated to vegetables, preparations, experimental greenhouses and training. The cellar is also located here.
A bit of history
Carlo's family owned a small farm in Piglio and in addition to olive trees and wheat, they also cultivated vineyards for small family production. Everything was thrown back into play by bad luck. Due to some violent hailstorms, three years of harvest were lost and the family was forced to move to Tuscany, near Montecatini Terme, in search of a new opportunity to recover economically.
At around the age of 20, having completed his studies in the graphic arts sector, Carlo opened a printing shop in Rome. After a period of self-employment, he was hired by a bank for which he worked for around 20 years.
We are in the 70s and Carlo begins a path of biodynamic practice, sharing a very long road with the then very few operators that reaches up to today.
In 1996, after living for a period in Zagarolo, he abandoned his job and bought a new house in Labico because here he found the perfect environment to set up his biodynamic preparations: in this valley, despite being close to Rome, in winter frost and snow falls.
Thus was born the Carlo Noro Biodynamic Agricultural Society which will soon become a point of reference for Biodynamics in Italy.
Carlo's house built in green building with natural materials and organic shapes
Horticulture & Processed
Initially the activity was mainly focused on the preparation of biodynamic preparations and the production of vegetables: approximately 3 hectares of the company surface was dedicated to these crops, mainly outdoors and partly in non-artificially heated and open greenhouses , necessary to protect some crops more sensitive to adverse weather conditions. Intercropping and crop rotations are important factors in which the company believes, useful for bringing the microbiology of the soil to life.
Since 2012 the company has also been involved in the transformation of vegetables , for this reason an internal laboratory was built where vegetables in oil, jams, creams and ready-made sauces were produced.
Today the company no longer produces the horticultural product, but continues to grow vegetables and grasses only for experimental purposes.
It has been certified organic since 2003 (CODEX – COD. ITCDX9410) and has had the DEMETER brand for Biodynamic certification since 2011.
Vineyard and limestone rock
characteristic of Mount Scalambra
which dominates the town of Piglio
Olive trees and green manure
In 2010 Carlo began purchasing olive groves and vineyards in Piglio and, like his father, began cultivating them. Simone and Valerio begin to support him by taking care of the wine production, the circle closes.
Faithful to the traditions of the area, the company produces Cesanese and Passerina, the two typical vines of the area. The estate is obviously managed according to biodynamic principles.
The surface is divided into many plots and the choice of this fragmentation was inspired by the search for ecosystem variability in each individual plot. Approaching with the biodynamic method also requires the ability to vary some processes, precisely on a local basis. Another inspiring principle: above all ancient vineyards , for the value of the grapes they naturally produce. Valerio and Simone transfer their wealth of experience into the vineyards, modulating it with respect to the material which, area by area, year by year, transforms together with them, reaching points of self-balance over the years. Green manures and grassing, manure from company heaps with Carlo's preparations, increase in self-defense capabilities through agricultural practices and on the plant, constant reduction of copper and sulfur and above all preparations which, used wisely, discover the dormant value of many soils also in Piglio.
Today the Carlo Noro company has 5 hectares of vineyards, 3 hectares of olive groves and 4 hectares of fruit, vegetables and grasses for experimental purposes.
The production of preparations continues to form the backbone of the company which has been training farmers and hobbyists for the past twenty years through its cultural association " Professione Biodinamica " founded by Carlo and Michele Lorenzetti in 2013.