Ciak Irpinia 2019: Why Irpinia is the Next Wine Region to Discover in Southern Italy

Geographically, Irpinia is largely mountainous, in the center of the Southern Apennine Mountains which runs from the Sella di Ariano to the springs of Sele River. It has a diffusion of verdant hilly areas and valleys with neatly combed vineyards and olive orchards alongside forests. The terrain is predominantly Karst, formed by the dissolution of soluble rocks including limestone and dolomite. From the past, Irpinia … Continue reading Ciak Irpinia 2019: Why Irpinia is the Next Wine Region to Discover in Southern Italy

Diamoci un Taglio 2019: A Celebration of Italian Monovarietal Wines in Rome, Italy

Meaning “Let Give it a Cut, Let’s Drink it Pure,” Diamoci un Taglio Beviamoli in Purezza presented its very first edition in Rome on the 12th and 13th of May 2019, a two-day tasting event of wines obtained from single vine varieties that are normally used in blends. The event was conceptualized by La Pecora Nera, a publishing house that specializes in the creation of … Continue reading Diamoci un Taglio 2019: A Celebration of Italian Monovarietal Wines in Rome, Italy

Terrawine Festival 2019: Wine, Oil and the Land of Umbria

Terrawine Festival, a two-day event that celebrated the beautiful land of Umbria took place at the 10th-century Castle of Titigliano on the 11th and 12th of May 2019. The castle from the Medieval period is immersed in the picturesque soft green hills with neat rows of vineyards that  overlooks the serene Lake Corbara. A project of Centro Turistico Amerino (CTA) headed by Salvatore Alfieri, it … Continue reading Terrawine Festival 2019: Wine, Oil and the Land of Umbria

Diamoci un Taglio: A Wine Tasting in Rome of Italian Monovarietal Wines

On 7 May 2019, the presentation to the press and preview of the event Diamoci un Taglio, Beviamoli in Purezza (Let’s Cut It. Let’s Drink it in Purity) took place in the newly-opened wine bar Matière Bar-à-Vìn. A preview of the wines that will be present in the event were provided by Raffaele Troisi of Azienda Vadiaperti – Traerte from the Campania Region and Lucia … Continue reading Diamoci un Taglio: A Wine Tasting in Rome of Italian Monovarietal Wines

Vinitaly 2019: Tastings at Italy’s Most Important Wine Fair

On the 10th of April 2019, the 53rd edition of Vinitaly closed after an intensive four-day event with an impressive attendance of 125,000 visitors hailing from 145 countries. Like every year, there had been an augmentation to the numbers of participants from the exhibitors to the buyers, journalists and people from the wine sector in the 100,000 square meter space. The buyers were led in … Continue reading Vinitaly 2019: Tastings at Italy’s Most Important Wine Fair

Campania Stories 2019: The Best Wines From The Preview Tasting

This year’s Campania Stories took place between 28 to 31 March 2019 in the small fishing village of Cetara. It lies along the world-famous Amalfi Coast, a stretch of coastline on the northern part of the Salerno Gulf on the Tyrrhenian Sea in southern Italy which in 1997 was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a stunning location that seems to have … Continue reading Campania Stories 2019: The Best Wines From The Preview Tasting

Blind Wine Tasting of Frascati DOC and DOCG 2017 and 2018 Vintages

There are 1,020 hectares of land out of 8,500 hectares in Frascati cultivated with vineyards destined for the production of wines for Frascati DOC and DOCG. This area includes the municipalities of Frascati, Grottaferrata, Monteporzio Catone, VII Municipality of Rome and a portion of Montecompatri. The territory’s general exposure is oriented towards west and northwest, facing towards the Tyrrhenian Sea, giving it a sea breeze … Continue reading Blind Wine Tasting of Frascati DOC and DOCG 2017 and 2018 Vintages

The Great Red of Umbria: Preview Tasting of Montefalco Sagrantino 2015

The year 2015 had been outstanding, rated five stars out of five by the Consorzio Tutela Vini Montefalco (Consortium for the Protection of the Wines of Montefalco). The winter was rainy, while spring was sunny and windy, and summer was dry, warm and sunny. It was an ideal climatic condition for the growth of the grape vines with just enough rain showers at the last … Continue reading The Great Red of Umbria: Preview Tasting of Montefalco Sagrantino 2015

Cantina Girlan: A Century of South Tyrolean Wines With 200 Winegrowers

In the year 1923, Cantina Girlan, named after the South Tyrolean town, was founded by 23 winegrowers in a 16th-century farmstead in Alto Adige (South Tyrol). In the year 2019, exactly 96 years later, the number of member winegrowers of the cooperative has multiplied to 200 and the area of cultivation has grown to 215 hectares in the best growing zones of Oltradige and Bassa … Continue reading Cantina Girlan: A Century of South Tyrolean Wines With 200 Winegrowers

Rocca delle Macie: From Films to Wines in Chianti, Italy

It’s not common to have a big film producer jump to being a wine producer and excel in both fields. In the case of Italo Zingarelli, the man behind the internationally popular series of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill series of films, he proved his proficiency in the two things that he was most passionate about. In 1973, he made the big plunge by acquiring … Continue reading Rocca delle Macie: From Films to Wines in Chianti, Italy

Preview of Luca Maroni’s I Migliori Vini Italiani 2019

On 24 January 2019 at the new 5-star luxury Elizabeth Unique Hotel in Rome, Italy, the presentation of the upcoming wine event of Luca Maroni, I Migliori Vini Italiani (The Best Italian Wines) and his book Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani 2019 (Yearbook of the Best Italian Wines) took place. The 2019 edition of Luca Maroni’s I Migliori Vini Italiani (The Best Italian Wines) will … Continue reading Preview of Luca Maroni’s I Migliori Vini Italiani 2019

Sangiovese Purosangue in Rome, Italy: Getting to Know the Ancient Tuscan Grape

Sanguis Jovis in Latin and blood of Jupiter in English, Sangiovese is the most cultivated red grape variety covering more than 70,000 hectares in Italy with concentrations in the central part, most especially Tuscany. It is the main component of almost all the red wines in Tuscany, Umbria and Marche and vinified 100% pure or in major percentages blended with other red grape varieties. Among … Continue reading Sangiovese Purosangue in Rome, Italy: Getting to Know the Ancient Tuscan Grape

Professional Sommelier Associations in Italy: Which Ones Are They?

Described as a wine expert or wine steward in the dictionary, a sommelier takes on a challenging education and role in the world of wines. What started in France in the 16th century where the modern culture of wine was born, from the management of the cellars of the noble estates evolved to something much more fascinating in the 21st century. The figure of a … Continue reading Professional Sommelier Associations in Italy: Which Ones Are They?

The Wines of Italian FIVI Producers Featured at Eataly

September is the month traditionally tied to the harvests in the vineyards and for this, Eataly, like all years, dedicates it to the world of wine focusing on the spread of the quality wine culture. This year, the guests of honor are the Federazione Italiana Vignaioli Independenti (FIVI) or the Italian Federation of Independent Winegrowers whose labels will be showcased in the enoteche or wine … Continue reading The Wines of Italian FIVI Producers Featured at Eataly

Cantinotte Salorno 2018 in South Tyrol, Italy

Salorno in Italian and Salurner in German. Being in the South Tyrol region in northern  Italy, everything has names in both languages. It is a small town in the southernmost part of South Tyrol positioned at an altitude of 224 meters high. Renaissance and baroque buildings characterize the town of Salorno with the Haderburg Castle (Salorno Castle) from the Medieval Age is nestled on top … Continue reading Cantinotte Salorno 2018 in South Tyrol, Italy