February 22, 2021. Complete the world’s first zero-emission harvest of a Barolo cru and celebrate 2025 by uncorking the first bottle of 100% sustainable wine from the prestigious King of Wines: these are the objectives of the collaboration between FPT Industrial and Fontanafredda presented at a digital press conference.
The global challenge of the energy transition requires not only widely shared solutions on a large scale but also concrete actions in specialized sectors that must be able to deliver specific results and attract the interest of a wider audience through the high intrinsic value of projects in themselves. Both can be achieved with projects that involve partners with a long-term commitment to environmental responsibility.
To meet these guidelines, FPT Industrial, the global powerplant brand of CNH Industrial N.V. and the world’s largest manufacturer of low-environmental impact engines, has partnered with Fontanafredda, the historic winery founded by Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy, in 1858. Fontanafredda produces Barolo and other great wines from the Langhe region that currently has 120 hectares of certified organic vineyards and supports a new green renaissance through best grape growing practices with no environmental impact.
The heart of this collaboration is the supply of two New Holland TK Methane Power vineyard crawler tractors with biomethane fueled natural gas FPT Industrial F28 engines that will work at Vigna La Rosa cru, where the legendary Barolo grapes of the same name are grown, a wine that is on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list of the best wines in the world.
FPT Industrial’s F28 engine was recently awarded the “Engine of the Year 2020” award for its modular multi-propulsion approach. It is an engine designed to be compact, productive and environmentally friendly. In fact, it fulfills all the characteristics of power, performance and low environmental impact necessary for specialized applications such as, for example, in tractors for vineyards and orchards where compactness and small overall dimensions are fundamental requirements. The F28 is capable of running on diesel or natural gas and is ready to hybridize.
The biomethane model designed for Fontanafredda was developed based on a New Holland Agriculture vineyard crawler tractor. It offers a power of 75 hp with a maximum torque of 330 Nm and thus guarantees, in complete safety, maximum performance, exactly the same as its diesel equivalent, even when working on the steepest slopes and on typical slippery terrain. one of the most exclusive vineyards in the Italian wine region of Langhe. All this is carried out with a zero carbon footprint since the biomethane that feeds the engine is not a fossil fuel, but is obtained from the anaerobic digestion of agricultural waste.