SAVONA e comprensorio della Ceramica e del Vetro
The Azienda Agricola Biologica Vio Giobatta’s produce is divided into three main sectors: aromatic herbs, wine cellar and the agriturismo.
The aromatic herbs are a traditional produce of the Albenga plains which BioVio has worked hard to reach the high quality they have producing and preparing their plants from the early 1980s. Sage, bay, rosemary, thyme, oregano, mint, marjoram, parsley, chives, basil, tarragon, chervil, coriander and dill are mainly cultivated outside in the open fields and less so in greenhouses.
Every day, orders are sent from the premises in Bastia d’Albenga towards the most important fruit and vegetable markets in Northern Italy and other European countries.
Every phase of the process – from cutting, selection, to cleaning – is undertaken by hand. The plant is a modern structure recently extended and designed functionally in accordance with the HACCP inspection system. From the very beginning, the company has chosen to organically certify their agricultural production not for technical or economical purposes but rather for a cultural approach: agriculture is also a tradition and the use of pesticides and chemical composts would undermine the naturally healthy habits that farmers in the area have passed down for centuries.
Wine production is also closely connected to the land and has won the company a number of awards including, in 2016, the “Viticoltore dell’anno” prize awarded by the Gambero Rosso guide to Aimone Vio – the first Ligurian to have ever won this recognition. Names such as MaRenè, Bon in da Bon, Grand-Père, Aimone, U Bastiò, Bacilò and Gigò, rather than the classic Pigato, Vermentino, Rossese, Granaccia, have engrained themselves in the imaginations of wine lovers as a synonym of quality.
On the hills the company also cultivates the historically-typical taggiasca olives of the Western Ligurian Riviera. The olives are cold pressed, resulting in a yellow-green extra virgin olive oil with its typical, delicate aroma.
In Basia, the Vio family also runs the Pigato agriturismo which was redeveloped from the ancient buildings in traditional Ligurian architectural style.