Our Stages towards eco-friendliness

To be an eco-friendly company means accepting the challenge of continuing change, working well today to produce something better tomorrow.

In the early 1900’s - Maria Costanza – a family forebear – a strong and determined woman for her times was personally directing the farm and supervising the vineyards and production of a wine that used to be sold locally and was very much appreciated.
In the post-Second World War years the cultivation of grapes for winemaking was complemented by table grapes.
At the end of the sixties new vinestoks were planted to substitute the table grapes’ cultivation opening to an innovative phase in the family history. Our story was begins here, not for simply producing wine and making it a successful business, but most importantly for building a firm dedicated to the obsessive quest for excellence and never ceasing improvement.
1982: Registration of the “Martin Kingfisher” trademark which had already been used in the post-war years and up until the early sixties for labelling the table grapes sold on the international markets.
2004: first certification: UNI ENI ISO 14001, Environmental Management System.
2007: launch of the procedure for ORGANIC certification that was successfully completed in 2012 (Certificate no.2500/I, ver.02).
2008: UNI EN ISO 9001 certification for a Quality Control System and UNI ISO 22005 for traceability during the entire production process.
2012: The organic certification represents the arrival and at the same time the starting point that opened up to new challenges. Our Martin Kingfisher trademark now is used together on the bottle with the European organic icon of the green leave. Not only our 75 hectares of vineyards but the whole Milazzo farm is today grown organic, that means nearly 110 hectares. It’s a basic choice, the only one that allows us in the future to be able to keep planting vineyards complying with our motto: “We guarantee the genuineness of our wines”.
2013: a new challenge arose: bringing down CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions at every stage of the production (from the vineyard to the consumer). Therefore the Ita.Ca. protocol was adopted to develop a tool for the calculation of the carbon footprint. A method used in Italy, Australia, California and New Zealand. Our own was especially adapted to the Italian model of grapes and wines production.
2013: Admission to the program of the Italian Ministry of the Environment for the analysis of carbon footprint in products for large scale consumption. A selection of 95 Italian companies from various fields of production where we represent the only Sicilian winemaker. (http://www.minambiente.it/pagina/il-bando-pubblico-2013)
2014: As part of the Minister’s project we are now obtaining the certification ISO/TS 14067 (System for certifying the methodology for quantifying the product’s carbon footprint) which will validate the method we use to gather and analyse data of our CO2 emissions, this way we can determine the best technical solutions for the effective reduction of our carbon footprint.