Full Name
Stefano Amadeo
Job Title
Agronomic research & consultancy
Speaker Bio
Vitenova Vine Wellness is the agronomic consultancy company for wineries. We are a team of agronomists, biologists and naturalists who collaborate to assist wine estates in their production according to standards of respect and environmental sustainability.

We operate in Italy and abroad in order to develop tailor-made solutions for wineries, to safeguard and enhance their heritage, made up of land, vines and biodiversity: only in this way it is possible to obtain the best results in terms of quantity and quality.

The path we propose aims to analytically identify the characteristics of the land, the vines and the agro-ecosystem, the so-called wineries’ terroir, to correctly guide the agronomic choices from the plant to the management of the vineyard.

To further examine some agronomic and environmental topics, we are collaborating with universities, research institutions and highly specialized laboratories for several years.

When each element of an ecosystem is in balance, even if it’s dynamic by its nature, a state of harmony is obtained, which affects the well-being of the vine and therefore the quality of its production.

Analyzing every single element to define the essence and peculiarity of the territory means enhancing it as a whole.

We are a group of naturalists, agronomists and biologists: we work throughout the country to assist wine producers and their wine estates, as well as farmers to cultivate in harmony with nature.

Stefano Amadeo was born in Trieste in 1976 into a family of agronomists and naturalists. He graduated in Agricultural Science and Technology (specialization in Biotechnology) at the University of Udine in 2003.

In 2007, Stefano became the agronomic manager of Jermann, one of the most important Italian wineries, with vineyards in Italy and abroad. He held that post for 10 years, during which he dealt with the cultivation of the vine in all its phases, both from a technical-scientific and operational point of view. In 2011 he decided to ban the use of herbicides and from 2013 he undertook an innovative path of evaluation and interpretation of the spontaneous flora of the vineyards, revolutionizing the management of the wineries’ grassing.

The intense motivation to continue broadening the horizons of his agronomic activity led him in 2017 to join his path with that of Stefano Zaninotti, with whom he shares a holistic vision of agronomy, becoming a partner and administrator of Vitenova, a company of agronomic consultancy (founded in 2008 by Zaninotti himself) which collaborates with Italian and foreign wineries.

For years, he has been teaching and coaching activities for wineries, organizations and technicians in collaboration with various Italian institutions and associations, like VinNatur, on issues related to sustainable and low-impact viticulture.

In the last few years, he focuses in particular on issues concerning alternatives to chemical weeding, grassing, the biological and integrated management of pests and plant diseases, the study and improvement of the biological fertility of soils and botanical-entomological biodiversity, as well as that of agronomic management in wineries and conservative pruning techniques.
Stefano Amadeo