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vino img 1 piemonte
 
Place of production
Piemonte - Territories of: Langhe, Monferrato, Roero, hills and Pre-alps of Turin, Biella, Vercellli, Novara, Ossola valleys, Saluzzo hills, areas of Gavi and the Tortona hills.
 
Product description
The Piedmont is the land of wine par excellence: 44.000 hectares of vineyards, all located on the hills and even on the Alpine and Pre-Alpine slopes, where direct and manual labour prevails and low yields per hectare are pursued, precisely in order to improve the quality. These are territories where vine growing has modelled enchanting and unusual agricultural and rural landscapes, particularly the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, which have been recognised as UNESCO World Heritage sites, alongside the hills and foothills of the Northern Piedmont. There are around 19,000 vine-growing and wine-making companies in the Piedmont, producing an average three million hectolitres of wine per annum, almost all from around twenty local vines, including Nebbiolo, Barbera, Moscato, Dolcetto, Cortese, Brachetto, Grignolino, Freisa, Arneis, Erbaluce, Malvasia, Ruchè, and from which a full 18 DOCG and 42 DOC wines originate (the highest number of any Italian region), accounting for around 85% of the entire regional production. These wines are exported throughout the world, as a symbol of Made in Piedmont and Made in Italy.

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History / Traditions / Interesting Facts
The large Italian wine and sparkling wine industry was set up in 1800 in the Piedmont and developed to include such historical names as: Martini e Rossi, Cinzano, Carpano, Gancia, Cora, Riccadonna. The system still maintains its ties with the Piedmont vine-growers and wine-makers, particularly through the inter-professional agreement on Moscato grapes, which currently accounts for around 100 million bottles of Asti DOCG and Moscato d’Asti DOCG wine.
The history of its wines is intertwined with the legends and events of Italian history: the Savoia family, the Risorgimento, Unification. It is Barolo wine, in particular, which has played a constant part in the history of Italy, the Barolo which, with the Marquise Falletti of Barolo and with Cavour, became the “King of Wines" and then, with Carlo Alberto and Vittorio Emanuele II, the “Wine of Kings”, continuing its noble journey to become the “Wine of the Public”, with another illustrious figure of the Piedmont, the second President of the Italian Republic, Luigi Einaudi, who was also a wine maker.
The quality and prestige of Piedmont wines are closely linked to the territory which produces and proposes them: Langhe, Roero, Monferrato; gentle, sharp and steep hills rich with history, art and folklore, inspiring and providing the setting for the works of leading writers such as Cesare Pavese, Beppe Fenoglio, Davide Lajolo and Mario Soldati. Areas where the wine is accompanied by the celebrated cuisine and food products of the Piedmont, which attract millions of tourists.
 
For more informations
http://www.piemonteagri.it

News and events
www.inpiemonteintorino.it
 
 

 
 
vino img 2 valle d'aosta
 
Place of production
Valle d’Aosta
 
Product description
The climate and characteristics of the terrain and its exposure and slopes certainly have not made life easy for the vine growers. However, recovery and development of vine growing in the Valle d'Aosta has created a wide and qualified range of prestigious mountain wines, all with a single DOC "Valle d'Aosta - Vallée d'Aoste", status, divided into denominations of the area and the vine: Müller Thurgau; Gamay; Pinot nero or Pinot noir; Pinot grigio or Pinot gris; Pinot bianco or Pinot blanc; Chardonnay; Mayolet; Petite Arvine; Merlot; Fumin; Syrah; Cornalin; Nebbiolo; Petit rouge; Prëmetta; Moscato bianco or Muscat petit grain; Traminer aromatico or Gewürztraminer; Gamaret; Vuillermin.
 

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History / Traditions / Interesting Facts
Wine is produced in the region by cooperative cellars, open to the public for sale and guided tours, and by the Viticulteurs Encaveurs, vine growers who process and sell their wines, often directly in their “crotte”, typical stone cellars of the Val d'Aosta, where the cool and dry environment is ideal for wine.
 
Contact informations
http://www.expovda.it/
 
 
News and events
www.expovda.it
www.lovevda.it
 
 
 

 
 
vino img 3 lombardia
 
Place of production
Lombardy – Franciacorta is an area comprising 19 municipalities in the province of Brescia, South of Lake Iseo.
 
Product description
The Franciacorta wine is produced exclusively with the method of secondary fermentation in the bottle. As indicated in the specification, the vineyards of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc produce at most 10,000 Kg of grapes per hectare, a guarantee of high quality right from the vine. Harvesting is done exclusively by hand and the grapes are stored in small boxes so that they arrive intact at the winery. Each gentle pressing yields the "free-run" must, which will contribute to the composition of the cuvée, a mixture of Franciacorta base wines. After bottling, a syrup of sugar and active yeast is added in order to activate the slow, natural secondary fermentation that produces carbon dioxide.
The bottles, sealed with a metal cap and stacked horizontally in cellars, remain in this position for at least 18 months in the case of Franciacorta, 24 months for Satèn and Rosé, at least 30 months for vintages and 60 months for reserves. During this period the sensory properties of the wine undergo a slow and progressive change, resulting in greatly enriched aromatic complexity. At the end of this phase yeast deposits form in the bottle; they are removed through a process known as remuage (riddling), which lasts about a month and ends with the sediment collecting at the neck of the bottle. Then comes the disgorgement, a fascinating and very characteristic aspect of the process. The level is then topped up; the winemakers also use this process to make the product "their own" Franciacorta. The labels carry only the Franciacorta name – a unique term that defines the wine, the production method and the area.

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History / Traditions / Interesting Facts
Vines have been grown on the hills of Franciacorta since ancient times, as evidenced by the discovery of grape seeds from the prehistoric era and the writings of classical authors such as Pliny, Columella and Virgil.
Monastic settlements have featured largely in the history of Franciacorta; even before the year one thousand, the monks held large possessions and carried out huge works of land clearance, reclamation and cultivation. Among the most active centres was the nunnery of San Salvatore (later called Santa Giulia of Brescia), founded by the Lombard king Desiderius in 753. These monasteries were exempted from the payment of duties and taxes, which seems to have led to the name Curtes Francae and then Franciacorta.
The first document mentioning Franciacorta property owned by the nunnery of San Salvatore, later Santa Giulia, dates back to 766. It is a certificate with which Adelchis, son of Desiderius, granted the nunnery ownership of all properties of his grandfather Verissimo and uncles and Donnolo and Adelchis, including some possessions in this area.
Contact information
 
 
Contact Informations
Bresciatourism Scarl
Piazza del Vescovato, 3 – 25121 Brescia
T +39 030 2400835 – F +39 030 3774020 – info@bresciatourism.it
 
Associazione Strada del Franciacorta
Via G. Verdi, 53 –  25030 Erbusco (Brescia)
T +39 030 7760870 – info@stradadelfranciacorta.it
 
Consorzio per la tutela del Franciacorta
Via G. Verdi, 53 –  25030 Erbusco (Brescia)
T +39 030 7760477 – F +39 030 7760467 –  info@franciacorta.net 

For more Informations
www.bresciatourism.it
www.franciacorta.net
 

 
 
vino img 4 trentino
 
Place of production
Trentino
 
Product description
Trentino's unique alpine morphology offers vineyards that begin on the milder shores of Lake Garda, extend across the valley floor and then ascend the steep slopes of The Dolomites. A mountain viticulture that extends over 10,033 hectares and includes about twenty grape varietals that thrive between altitudes of 200 and 1000 metres.
Müller Thurgau
This grape seems to have found its ideal habitat for growth in Italy in the Val di Cembra. It is cultivated in terraces at altitudes ranging from 500 to 700 metres that experience a cool climate and extreme differences in day and night temperatures.
Nosiola
The region's only native white grape, Nosiola has always been grown on the hillsides of the Val d'Adige and in the Valle dei Laghi, where it is also used to make the traditional Vino Santo. A white wine that impresses for its immediacy and versatility.
Trentodoc
A true mountain spumante. The vineyards from which it is produced are cultivated at altitudes up to 800 m. It is a wonderful traditional method Italian spumante, among the finest, and the regional characteristics, the variety of the climate and the high altitudes of the Trentino region all help to make it even more unique.

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History / Traditions / Interesting Facts
As early as the beginning of the 1970s, Trentino wine-growing complied with DOC (controlled designation of origin) regulations. In fact, Trentino DOC was the first, in 1971, to protect wines obtained from grapes picked in vineyards protected by the Autonomous Province of Trento's own regulations. The “Trentino” denomination, therefore, precedes a number of grape varietals to create wines under the same name, as many as 22, counting blends and rosé versions, as well as the appellation “Superiore” reserved for 18 additionally sorted harvests and vintage wines, such as the Trentino Superiore Marzemino d’Isera. The Teroldego grape also has its own specific DOC, with the indication “Rotaliano”.
From wines to traditional method spumante: In 1993, Trentodoc was the first DOC recognised in Italy for sparkling wine, and the second in the world after Champagne. Its story began in 1902, when Giulio Ferrari, a young winemaker from the San Michele all'Adige Agricultural Institute, during his study trips to France, had a realisation that the Champagne and Trentino regions shared a certain similarity. Therefore, why not try to produce a Trentino sparkling wine? The number of Trentodoc producers has grown steadily over the years, benefiting from the essential support of the San Michele all’Adige Agricultural Institute, now the Edmund Mach Foundation, a major centre of research and development for Trentino viticulture.
 
Contact informations
Consorzio Vini del Trentino
Via del Suffragio - 338122 Trento
T +39 0461 984536, F +39 0461 260195, info@vinideltrentino.com
 
Istituto Trento DOC
Via del Suffragio, 3 - Palazzo Trautmannsdorf – 38122 Trento
istituto@trentodoc.com
 
For more Informations
www.vinideltrentino.com
http://www.trentodoc.com/it/

News and events
Trentino wine exhibition: www.visittrentino.it event section
 
 
Trentodoc news and events: http://www.trentodoc.com/it/news-e-eventi/
 
 
 
 
vino img 5 Friuli Venezia Giulia
 
Place of production
Friuli Venezia Giulia - Throughout the region
 
Product description
Friuli Venezia Giulia is the ideal territory for vine growing: vineyards cover around 20 thousand hectares, over 60% of which are dedicated to white grapes and over 75% are in DOC areas. There are currently 1,500 operating companies, with an average vineyard surface area of around 2 hectares, with companies possessing less than 10 hectares accounting for 80% of the total. Friuli Venezia Giulia wines reflect the infinite peculiarities of this region. The different and highly varied geographical and climatic characteristics of the Friuli Venezia Giulia territory have made its food and wine products and vineyards truly unique.
The Friuli vineyards are divided between the hillside areas close to the border with Slovenia, the flood plains and the coastal area. There are eight DOC Controlled Designation of Origin areas (DOC Friuli Grave, DOC Friuli Colli Orientali, DOC Collio, DOC Friuli Isonzo, DOC Friuli Annia, DOC Friuli Aquileia, DOC Carso), two inter-regional ones (DOC Lison Pramaggiore, DOC Prosecco) and three DOCG Controlled Geographical Designation of Origin (DOCG Ramandolo, DOCG Picolit, DOCG Rosazzo), reflecting the multitude of pedoclimatic characteristics, which create wines closely identified with the territory where they are produced.

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History / Traditions / Interesting Facts
Friuli Venezia Giulia is one of Italy's best and most important food and wine regions: it boasts prestigious wines and vines, such as Friulano, Ribolla, Malvasia, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Pignolo, Sauvignon, Schioppettino, Refosco dal peduncolo rosso, Terrano, Tazzelenghe, Ramandolo, Picolit, Verduzzo and many others.
The vine-growing and wine-making of Friuli Venezia Giulia represent only a small part (2.4%) of the national total, with annual production of one million hectolitres, and a contribution to agricultural GSP (gross saleable production) of the region of around 15%.
 
Contact informations
DOC FVG Consortium
 
 
News and events
Sauvignon International Competition 22-23/05/2015
Buttrio Regional Wine Fair 13-15/06/2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
vino img 6 liguria
 
Place of production
Provinces of Genoa and La Spezia. In particular: Golfo del Tigullio DOP, Portofino, 35 municipalities in the province of Genoa; Colline di Levanto DOP, areas of the municipalities of Levanto, Bonassola, Framura and Deiva Marina (in the province of La Spezia); Cinque Terre DOP, the municipalities of Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Monterosso, Tramonti di Biassa and Tramonti di Campiglia (La Spezia); Colli di Luni DOP, the province of La Spezia and areas neighbouring the province of Massa Carrara.
 
Product description
Vermentino: a moderately deep straw-yellow colour, vivacious yet discreet, with an intense, elegant and rather complex bouquet – wild flowers, acacia, herbal plants and rather aromatic fruits, such as Golden Delicious apple, pineapple and yellow peach. Dry and pleasantly smooth, it pairs well with classic Ligurian fish dishes, from mussels to pasta and stuffed vegetables.
Bianco delle Cinque Terre: a blend of three grape varieties (Uva Bosco, Vermentino and Albarola); it has an intense and quite luminous straw colour, with a bouquet of Mediterranean maquis shrubland and rocks, lemon, thyme, tarragon and ripe yellow fruit. Dry in the mouth, with a generous, lingering structure, and pleasantly sharp.
Sciacchetrà: a golden-yellow colour, lovely vivacious with amber highlights; pleasant to the nose, intense with a characteristic bouquet of honey; sweet to mellow on the palate with a good structure and an almond aftertaste. It is produced from grapes that are allowed to wither, either on the plant or trellises, and then refined for at least a year. It pairs well with seafood dishes, starting with anchovies in all varieties, but also goes well with cheese and patisserie.
Bianchetta Genovese: a soft straw-yellow colour with a lively appearance and a delicate bouquet that recalls hawthorn, peach, green apple and medlar, with a hint of almond and thyme in its finish and a crisp, dry taste. It lends itself very well as an aperitif and also goes nicely with Ligurian focaccia, vegetable tarts, and delicate seafood antipasti.
Ciliegiolo: ranges in colour between cherry red and ruby red and has a lively appearance with a fruity and delicate bouquet that recalls cherries and strawberries; it has a crisp, dry taste, not too structured but extremely elegant. It is a pleasant accompaniment to Ligurian vegetable tarts, such as Torta Pasqualina, and white meat.

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History / Traditions / Interesting Facts
Viticulture has been developed in Liguria since the times of the Greeks and Romans: the former landed on the Tyrrhenian coast and taught the population how to cultivate and make wine; the latter improved the level of quality of production.
The Ligurian people immediately fell in love with the vine and the olive and, over time, shaped their land to accommodate these crops, creating terraces held in place by drystone walls, in a land well suited to their cultivation, encouraged by the mild climate, protected by the mountains, and cooled by the sea breezes.
The oldest record of viticulture in Liguria dates from 117 BC. A bronze plate reports the outcome of a dispute where wine, from Val Polcevera in this case, is used as a means of payment. However, wine receives several mentions, from Strabo and Pliny the Elder, according to whom “The wines of Luni are the best in Etruria,” to Petrarch, who sang the praises of the wines of the Cinque Terre “....so famous for sweet vine leaves that those of Falerno and even the praised Meroe are no match for them.”
The term 'Sciacchetrà', used to indicate the strong sweet wine of Cinque Terre made from raisins, appears only towards the end of the 19th century. One of the first to use it was the painter Telemaco Signorini, who, in his memoir of the village Riomaggiore, states that "in September, after the harvest, the best grapes are spread out under the sun in order to make sciaccatras." The word derives from the verb “sciacàa” (schiacciare – to crush), used to indicate the action of treading the grapes.
 
Contact information
Liguria Regional Wine Shops
Genoa T +39 010 2469184
Castelnuovo Magra T +39 0187 677406
Ortovero T +39 0182 547388
Dolceacqua T +39 0184 229507
 
For more Informations
 
News and events
The 10th LIGURIA DA BERE 2015 – Food and wine festival organised by La Spezia Trade Fair Events, from 26 to 28 June, in the city's old town. Some forty producers will be in attendance along with the Liguria Regional Wine Shop, representing all the region's IGP and DOC wines, as well as representatives from the fishing industry.
 

 

 
 
vino img 7 toscana
 
Place of production
Tuscany – Chianti, Senese Chianti, Val di Chiana (Aretine territory) and Val di Chiana (Senese territory)

Product description
The wines of the region stand out for the high quality of the produce, guaranteed by strict production regulations, and the variety and distinctive features of Tuscan wines. DOCG Chianti Classico and DOCG Chianti have eight sub-appellations corresponding to different geographical areas. With their bright ruby colour and intense aroma, they are among the most famous wines in the world. The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is another oenological pearl of the region. It is obtained exclusively from Sangiovese grapes, but with the addition of Canaiolo Nero and other selected vines. The DOC Colli dell’Etruria Centrale, DOC Orcia, DOC Cortona and the wines of the Val di Chiana between Arezzo and Siena – with different soils and climates that give rise to wines with varying properties, in white, red, rosé and vin santo versions.
Tuscany has 11 DOCG production areas, 39 DOC areas and 6 IGP zones.

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History / Traditions / Interesting Facts
Wine is at the very essence of Tuscany: history and traditions are certainly part of it, but so is the ability to invest in the future with vision and insight, a passion for local roots and forward movement towards a global horizon. Tuscany Wine Architecture is a circuit of 25 "aesthetic" wineries, designed by masters of contemporary architecture. Temples of wine in their own right designed by luminaries such as Mario Botta, Renzo Piano and Tobia Scarpa. These beautiful buildings, perfectly integrated with the surrounding landscape, have been constructed using cutting-edge technologies. Alongside these, there are also wineries that host art installations and cultivate inventive relationships with modern art, thus creating a vital and innovative way of blending culture and production. All 25 wineries have opened their doors for visits and tastings.
 
For more informations
Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico Gallo Nero
www.chianticlassico.com
 
Consorzio Vino Chianti
www.consorziovinochianti.it
 
Consorzio Chianti Colli Senesi
www.consorziochianticollisenesi.it
 
Consorzio Chianti Colli Fiorentini
www.chianti-collifiorentini.it
 
Consorzio del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
www.consorziovinonobile.it
 
Consorzio Vino Orcia
www.consorziovinoorcia.it
 
 
Traditional products of Tuscany
www.vetrina.toscana.it

News and events
www.turismo.intoscana.it/site/it/expotuscany
www.expotuscany.it
 
 
 
 
vino img 8 Umbria
 
Place of production
Areas identified by relevant production specifications
 
Product description
With its predominantly hilly terrain, Umbria is particularly suited to viticulture. The two DOCG appellations Montefalco Sagrantino and Torgiano Rosso Riserva have undoubtedly earned their reputation as fine wines.
The DOCG Montefalco Sagrantino takes its name from its parent grape varietal, cultivated for centuries in the hills of Umbria and considered native to the area. It is a wine of great structure and extraordinary longevity.
The DOCG Torgiano Rosso Riserva is a rich and complex wine, suitable for long ageing. It is obtained from Sangiovese grapes from 50 to 70%, Canaiolo from 15 to 30% and Trebbiano up to 10%; other varietals (Ciliegiolo, Montepulciano) can be added up to a maximum of 15%.
Vineyards located in the foothills, on a terrain with good exposure, give rise to the DOC wines of Umbria, Assisi, Amelia, Colli Alto Tiberini, Colli Martani, Montefalco, Spoleto, Todi, Torgiano (red, white and rosé) and IGT appellations of Umbria, Spello, Cannara, Bettona.

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History / Traditions / Interesting Facts
The wine tradition of Umbria dates back to time immemorial and is evidenced by fragments of mosaics, furnaces, tanks, ducts and wine amphorae, from Roman and Etruscan times. Pliny the Elder refers to a grape known as "Itriola" and describes it as a typical product of the area corresponding to today's Bevagna; he also mentions Greco di Todi (now Grechetto) as a typical grape of the Martani hills. Pliny the Younger spoke of the Altotiberini hills thus: "... at the foot of these mountains there is nothing visible to the eye but a multitude of vineyards so close that they seem to merge into one."
There is also a long and venerable history behind Orvieto, one of the most famous Italian white wines in the world. It makes up about three-quarters of the production of Umbria DOC wines. The Etruscans dug caves in the tufa rock that is so common in the area, and in the cool of these "cellars" fermentation would be completed in a number of months. The Romans exported the wine even as far as Gaul; in the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance it was one of the favoured wines of the Papal Court (Paul III Farnese was particularly fond of it, as was Gregory XVI).
 
Contact informations
Associazione Regionale Strade del Vino dell’Umbria
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 25
06089 - Torgiano (Perugia)
T/F +39 075 6211682, info@stradevinoeolio.umbria.it
 
Consorzio di tutela vini di Torgiano
C.so Vittorio Emanuele II, 25
06089 - Torgiano (Perugia), info@consorziotutelavinitorgiano.it
 
Consorzio tutela vini Montefalco
Piazza del Comune, 16
06036 Montefalco (Perugia)
T/F +39 0742 379590, info@consorziomontefalco.it
 
Consorzio per la Tutela dei Vini Orvieto DOC
Corso Cavour, 36
05018 Orvieto (Terni)
T +39 0763 343790 – F +39 0763 394980, consvino@tiscali.it
 
MUVIT Museo del Vino
Corso V. Emanuele, 31
06089 Torgiano (Perugia)
T +39 075 9880200, prenotazionimusei@lungarotti.it

News and events
Open cellars: throughout the region, 30-31 May http://www.umbriaeventi.com/eventi_umbria_cantine_aperte__1865.htm
 
Vini nel Mondo a Spoleto, 30 May-2 June
http://www.vininelmondo.org/
 
 
Calici di stelle (Goblet of Stars) in the Montefalco wine district, 4-10 August, http://www.movimentoturismovino.it/it/eventi/3/calici-di-stelle/
 
 
 
 
 
vino img 9 Molise
 
Place of production
Molise – particularly concentrated in the low valley of the Biferno river and near Volturno
 
Product description
Over recent years, the vine growing and wine making of many local firms have become technically more commercial, while still maintaining their close ties with the territory. This has led to more contemporary wines, of confirmed and appreciated quality and, above all, an excellent ratio between quality and price. Various wine cellars are becoming established nationally, with production from vines such as Montepulciano, Aglianico and other varieties. The DOC “Molise” wine is concentrated in the hills near the coast, with various sub-types being produced further inland, such as Falanghina, Sauvignon, Aglianico, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tintilia, an excellent local vine used to make DOC “Tintilia del Molise” wine. The DOC “Pentro” or “Pentro d'Isernia” wine (white, red and rosé) includes the wines produced on the hills of the province of the same name. The IGT wines include the "Osco" or "Terre degli Osci" designation, with specification of the vine of the province of Campobasso; the IGT "Rotae" wine, on the other hand, is reserved to authorised wines of the province of Isernia.

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History / Traditions / Interesting Facts
In the agricultural and pastoral traditions of the Molise region, wine has always been a staple of the daily diet, due to its nutritional characteristics. Recent archaeological evidence would also seem to indicate that the Samnites knew the notions of vine growing and habitually drank wine. Family-run vineyards are still a distinguishing feature of the agricultural landscape in Molise, similar to a garden or small farm for domestic use. The contribution being made by the younger generations in terms of innovation is particularly important. This includes specific studies into the by-products of metabolism of yeast and bacteria and their relationship with the perceived quality of the wines.
 
Contact informations
Molise Regional Authority  – Ivana Mustillo: mustillo.ivana@mail.regione.molise.it
Molise Italy Development: Fabrizio Spallone: fspallone@sviluppoitaliamolise.it
Molise Italy Development: Piero Gesualdo: pgesualdo@sviluppoitaliamolise.it  
 
For more Informations
Unioncamere Molise: http://www.mol.camcom.it/
 
 
 
News and events
http://expo2015.regione.molise.it/
“Open cellars” (May)
“Carresi” (May)
San Basso Festival, Termoli (August)
Molise Cinema, Casacalenda (August)
Local events and festivals (June-September)
 
 
 
 
vino img 10 Campania
 
Place of production
Campania: Provincia di Salerno

Product description
The Cilento area boasts two DOC and one IGT appellations. The "Cilento" DOC is reserved for red, rosé and white wines that are mainly produced with Aglianico and Fiano grape varietals, in varying proportions. The vines produce few bunches, but they do yield wines of excellent quality that are perfectly suited to Cilento cuisine: simple but delicious.
Under the "Castel San Lorenzo" denomination we find Barbera, red, white, rosé and Moscato wines in Passito, Spumante and Lambiccato versions, produced mostly in the municipalities of the Calore valley.
The IGP "Paestum" is reserved for white, red and rosé wines obtained from a minimum of 85% Aglianico, Barbera, Coda di Volpe, Fiano, Greco, Moscato bianco, Piedirosso, Primitivo and Sciascinoso varietals.
The production areas of these wines extend to many municipalities of the vast and multifaceted provincial territory that includes mountains, hills, plains and coasts. Each area is characterised by specific soils and microclimates that have favoured the selection of some native cultivars, thus conferring typical characteristics to the wines produced in these areas. Here, viticulture is an ancient tradition associated with the production of the highest quality wines with a pronounced character.

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History / Traditions / Interesting Facts
The Cilento has a viticulture and oenological tradition that has continued from Greek and Roman times until today, producing a range of typical local products that are famous the world over. The local grape varietals were introduced to Elea and Paestum by the ancient Greeks, arriving from the Peloponnese shores around 600 BC. The area is one of rich natural beauty, characterised by terrain unsuited to agriculture; for this reason it was put to use for the cultivation of vines. The Cilento is marked especially by hills and mountains, with numerous jagged peaks and extensive areas of mountain ridges. The calcareous clay soil and the climate of the area create the conditions for the vines to best express their personalities. One of the many past testimonies comes from Sante Lancerio, bottigliere, or sommelier, of Pope Paul III, who in the 16th century thus described the wines of Cilento: “E’ un delicato bere l’estate alli gran caldi e non ha pari bevanda la sera a tutto pasto…” (It is a delight to drink in the heat of the summer and it has no equal when drunk in the evening throughout the meal...)
 
Contact information
Region of Campania - Agriculture Department
Centro Direzionale, isola A6 - 80143 Napoli
T 081 7967566 - 081 7967624
F 0817967509
 
 
 
 
vino img 11 Puglia Terra
 
Place of production
Puglia

Product description
Puglian wines have distinctive organoleptic characteristics which allow clear identification and typification linked to the geographical environment, and which are the result of the type of limestone/clay soil in which the vineyards are planted and the particularly favourable climate and soil conditions.
When selecting areas for production, soils suitable for high-quality viticulture are favoured, with careful selection of grapes during harvest and wine production. The morphological characteristics of the production areas, the location of the vineyards in bright and airy conditions—favourable to healthy plant growth—and mild climate all come together to create high-quality wines that excite the senses.
White wines of Puglia usually have a moderately deep straw-yellow colour, a dry, savoury taste and fruity bouquet. Rosé wines are generally cherry pink in colour, dry on the palate and have an intense and lingering bouquet. Red wines are usually intense in colour with purplish hues with a complex, fruity bouquet and harmonious taste.

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History / Traditions / Interesting Facts
Puglia's relationship with wine—and thus the vine—has ancient origins, so much so it is hard to imagine the region without them. Grapevines were probably present in Puglia before the times of Greek colonisation (8th century BC). However some grape varieties, such as the Negroamaro and Uva di Troia, nowadays considered native to the region, were actually introduced by the Greeks. Also introduced from Greece was the bush vine cultivation system, the most popular method employed in Puglia today.
Puglia's thousand-year history of wine growing, attested to by the numerous documents and historical records, shows how the traditional techniques for wine making and cultivating the vines have been passed down and developed over the centuries, and, thanks to scientific and technological progress, have been improved on and refined in modern times to create today's prized selection of wines.
 
Contact information
 
a.anglani@regione.puglia.it
 
 
 
 
vino img 12 Puglia apulia
 
Place of production
Puglia

Product description
Rosé wines of Puglia are the expression of its characteristic grape varieties such as Negramaro, Malvasia Nera, Primitivo, Bombino Nero, and Uva di Troia. Produced using black-skinned grapes, rosé wines are made by macerating the wine must with the skins for a period lasting anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days. Less astringent than red wines, with the freshness of white wines, they represent an intermediate class of wines. Their composition varies within wide limits that have, at one end, young fruity whites with low phenolic content and, at the other, red wines with average anthocyanin and tannin content. This means rosé wines possess a low intensity of colour, with shades ranging from red to purple, and a bouquet that varies from fruity to intensely winy. Rosé wines also offer an enviable versatility at the table, allowing extremely balanced food and wine pairings.

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History / Traditions / Interesting Facts
Rosé wines now represent one of Puglia's foremost superior products. In recent years, the region has promoted initiatives to develop the product, such as the Italian Rosé Wine Competition, authorised by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, and unique in Italy, which confirm the constant growth of this particular wine sector.
 
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News and events
Eventi “Masserie didattiche”
 
 
 
 
vino img 13 Basilicata
 
Place of production
Basilicata – particularly the territory around Vulture, the high and middle Val d'agri and the Matera area.
 
Product description
There are four DOC wines from Basilicata.
Aglianico del Vulture DOC is the best known wine of Basilicata and the doyen of all Lucania products of "controlled designation of origin" certification – a distinction the wine has held since 1971. The fertile, mineral-rich volcanic soil, the deep tufaceous layers deep and the very special microclimate determine the typical composition and maturation of the grapes. The colour is ruby red tending to garnet red with orange reflections after ageing. The nose is fruity, with a mild characteristic aroma that improves with age. The taste is dry, flavoursome, fresh, harmonious and tannic to just the right degree, with a hint of velvet with age.
The other fine wine is Terre dell’Alta Val d’Agri DOC. The high summer temperatures and the cultivation of two international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot offer bestow to this little valley a very well-balanced and structured wine, suitable for ageing. It is ruby red in colour (although there is also a Rosé variant), velvety sweet on the nose with an aristocratic demeanour, good solidity, contained sweetness of blackberries; youthful vinosity. The aftertaste is refined and intense.
The Grottino di Roccanova DOC is from the middle Valle d'agri. The variability and richness of the grapes used in the vinification, intensified by the local climate, reduces to steadiness and stability during ageing in the sandstone caves that abound in the area. The result is a wine of refined flavours and colours that mature over time.
The Matera DOC wine is one of the youngest wines of Basilicata; although recognised only in July 2005, its history and traditions are ancient.

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History / Traditions / Interesting Facts
Historic and archaeological evidence found at Grumentum, the 3rd century BC Roman colony, testifies to vine cultivation and wine production in ancient times in Basilicata. Examples include furnaces to produce amphorae for wine transport dating from the 1st and 2nd century AD. These are now housed in the National Museum of the Alta val d'agri of Grumento Nova. A further indicator is from archaeobotanical research in the Metoponto area, which has uncovered ligneous remains of young vine plants and grapes dating back to the 4th century BC. In contrast, this is the area that the Greeks named Enotria, meaning "land of wine".
Aglianico also has ancient origins and its virtues were lauded by the Latin poet Horace.
The Grottino di Roccanova DOC instead owes its name to the age-old tradition of ageing the wine in caves; the consistent temperature and humidity ensured that its characteristics remain unchanged. The caves are real tunnels dug in the sandstone "tempe" structures beneath the village: there are more than three hundred of them and some date back to the Eighteenth Century.
 
Contact information
 
Consorzio di Tutela dell’Aglianico del Vulture DOC
Piazza XX Settembre, Palazzo G. Fortunato
85028 Rionero in Vulture (Potenza)
 
Consorzio di Tutela e Valorizzazione del Terre Alta Val d’Agri DOC
c/o ALSIA- AASD Bosco Galdo - Via Grumentina, 118 - Villa d’Agri (Potenza)
Tel. 0975352547 - info@terredellaltavaldagri.it
 
Consorzio Grottino di Roccanova DOC
Piazza del Popolo c/o Comune diRoccanova (Potenza) 85036
T 0973833243 - F 0973833243; M 3400673870.
Presidente: Francesco Paolo Collarino.
 
Consorzio del Matera DOC
Via Lucana, 23 – 75100 Matera
Tel. 0835256344 – info@doc.matera.it
 
 
News and events
2 August: Montescaglioso, “In Vino Veritas”. Tasting itinerary with a visit to the catacombs of Porta Sant'Angelo. Info: ceamonte@katamail.com

12-15 August: Sant'Angelo Le Fratte, “Le cantine aperte” (Open cellars). Local wine tasting itinerary with other typical products and music, dancing and shows. Info: www.prolocosantangelolefratte.it
20-21 August: Viggiano, “Vini sotto le stelle” (Wine under the stars). Event for the promotion of Terre dell’Alta Val d’Agri wines and other typical products; also includes an exhibition of traditional folk crafts and instruments. Info: www.prolocoviggiano.it

Ferragosto week: Urban Park of the Cellars in Barile, "CantinandoWine & Art". Wine tasting itinerary with concerts, exhibitions, conferences, workshops, workcamp and street art. Info: www.associazionesisma.it

September: Vulture-Melfese area, "Aglianica". Aglianico del Vulture DOC tasting itineraries accompanied by typical products of the Vulture, conferences, concerts and events. Info: www.aglianica.it

October (dates to be finalised): Vulture area, Red Gold and wine trails. Info: www.daexpoallabasilicata.it; expo2015.regione.basilicata.it
 
 
 
 
expo e territori vino img Sardegna
 
Place of production
Cannonau: throughout Sardinia
Classic Sardinian Cannonau: Towns in the Provinces of Nuoro and Ogliastra.
 
Product description
There are many different faces to Cannonau wine at first glance - full-bodied red, fruity rosé and sweet red: the soft hints of cherry of the rosé, the bright violet or ruby-red colours of the red wine, which become a more intense garnet shade as the wine matures. Wines with different flavours which are ideal to accompany a wide range of the typical dishes of Sardinian cuisine, from the roasted meats or stews to the tasty cheeses and cured meats.
Due to its delicate body and the heady olfactory notes of spring flowers and summer fruits, the refreshing and lively rosé is the ideal accompaniment to mild or medium-matured cheeses, rich hors d'oeuvres, risottos and first courses with meat and fish sauces and roasted or stewed white meat second courses.
The red wine has a firm body and the taste and fragrance of flowers or red fruits which develop into more mature sweet and warm spicy notes in the reserve or fortified type. The mild tannins and the enveloping alcoholic notes are a perfect accompaniment to the rich and structured traditional Sardinian dishes, such as roasted meats, stews, cured meats and mild and mature cheeses.
The sweet wine and the fortified wine are served with cooked grape must or honey based desserts, enriched with spices, candied fruit, almonds and dry figs, in an ideal combination with the mild and warm notes of the wine obtained from the mature and dried grapes.

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History / Traditions / Interesting Facts
Cannonau wine brings to mind the ancient traditions and warm hospitality of Sardinia, cited by poets, writers and essayists such as Gabriele D’Annunzio, D.H. Lawrence, Max Leopold Wagner, Grazia Deledda. Its high nutritional value plays an important part in the typical “longevity diet” of the Blue Zone in Ogliastra and in numerous areas of the island, based on scientific studies certifying the high percentage of Sardinians who grow old active and healthy; this is partly due to the properties of the polyphenols, such as procyanidinis, a powerful anti-oxidant with vascular benefits from 5 to 10 times higher than other varieties.
The vine is grown throughout the island but the inland areas offer the most favourable environment. Its origins are unknown, but studies still in progress have shown that wine-making was present in Sardinia as early as the Nuragic era, as confirmed by the discovery of grape seeds in amphoras and the askos for mixing wine. With the arrival of the Spaniards, Cannonau, already present in Sardinia, became part of the wine culture of Spain and France, respectively with its “brothers” Garnacha and Grenache. Production of Cannonau currently accounts for 30% of the regional vineyards, covering a total 7,800 hectares, over 70% of which are in the province of Nuoro.
 
Contact informations
Consorzio di Tutela del Cannonau di Sardegna DOC
Sede legale: Via Papandrea, 8 – C.P. 232 - 08100 Nuoro 
T +39 0784 242500
 
For more Informations
Associazione Strada del Vino Cannonau - Piazza Italia 22 - 08100 - Nuoro
M +39 377 9756512 – info@StradadelVinoCannonau.it
www.stradadelvinocannonau.it/
 
News and events
Events organized by the Associazione Strada del Vino Cannonau
www.stradadelvinocannonau.it/eventi.php (Italian only)
 
20 June: 1st “Blue Zones International Symposium: the areas of the world with the greatest longevity”, Conference Room of the Town Hall of Villagrande Strisaili (OG), with the participation of numerous international academics

25 June: Cooking Show of the Michelin-starred chef Roberto Petza of the Casa Puddu Academy and Cannonau DOC wine-tasting session, MAN Museum, Via Sebastiano Satta 27 - 08100 Nuoro (NU) www.stradadelvinocannonau.it/la-costante-del-gusto.php (Italian only)
 
 
 
 
 
Place of production
Province of Trapani, excluding the towns of Pantelleria, Favignana and Alcamo.
 
Product description
Marsala is a Controlled Designation of Origin (DOC) fortified wine. According to regulations, the maximum yield of the grapes in the must cannot exceed 80% and the yield of the grapes in the base wine must not exceed 75%. All the processing operations, starting with the grapes needed to obtain a Marsala wine ready for consumption after ageing, must be performed in the production zone. During fermentation, the wine is decanted to assist oxidation. After fermentation, ethanol (ethyl alcohol) from wine and/or wine brandy is added to increase the alcohol content, then the wine is aged.
Without considering the old denominations which, although not included in the regulations, are still tolerated, Marsala is now marketed in two separate categories:
Marsala Vergine, obtained only from white grapes and with the addition of only ethanol from wine and/or wine brandy after fermentation.
Marsala Conciato, to which, after fermentation, cooked must is added (which influences the aromas and colour of the wine), and also mistelle (i.e. a mixture of late grape must which influences the sugar content and bouquet), concentrated must (to make it milder) and ethanol (to halt fermentation).
"Conciato" Marsala must also be aged before being sold, as follows:
- Marsala fine, minimum 1 year of ageing.
- Marsala superiore, minimum 2 years of ageing.
- Marsala superiore riserva, minimum 4 years of ageing.
 
 
 
 
 
Place of production
The hilly area of the province of Treviso, between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene.
 
Product description
Conegliano Valdobbiadene is an elegant, light straw-yellow wine, with a medium body and an exclusive fruity and flowery bouquet. It is produced in 15 towns lying on the hills between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. The most important include the “cru”, such as the celebrated Superiore di Cartizze, and the “Rive”, obtained from grapes grown exclusively in a single town or district of the area. Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG wine is produced in the Spumante, Frizzante and Tranquillo versions. The Spumante is the symbol of this wine: pleasant and versatile, it has created a whole new style of enjoying wine. It is produced in the Brut, Extra Dry and Dry versions, depending on the sugar residues present, from the driest (Brut) to the sweetest (Dry).

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History / Traditions / Interesting Facts
Conegliano Valdobbiadene has contributed to the success of Prosecco wine over time, creating a very Italian style of drinking, contemporary, casual and cheerful, and is appreciated and enjoyed worldwide. It started life in the Conegliano area, where the best quality, called Prosecco Superiore, is still produced. The wine was granted DOCG status in 2009, marking its well-deserved entry onto the list of great Italian wines.
The first written mention of Prosecco dates to 1772, in volume VIII of the Giornale d'Italia, where academic Francesco Maria Malvolti discusses the quality of local vine growing “thanks to varieties such as Marzemini, Bianchetti, Prosecchi, Moscatelli, Malvasie, Glossari”. At the time, it was simply one of the wines produced but, as a result of the perseverance and skills of the local growers and producers, the territory of Conegliano Valdobbiadene started specialising, to the point where Prosecco became the only wine produced.
The start of its success dates coincidentally to 1876, the year when the first Italian Oenology School was founded – it still operates today in Conegliano – where the sparkling process and the best ways of growing local vines are studied.
 
Contact information
Consorzio per la Tutela del Vino Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco
Piazza Libertà, 7 (Villa Brandolini) Solighetto – 31053 Pieve di Soligo (Treviso)
T +39 0438 83028 – F +39 0438 842700
info@prosecco.it  –  segreteria.manifestazioni@prosecco.it
 
 
News ed eventi
Wine in a Villa - 14-17 May
Wine in a Villa is the most important annual event dedicated to Conegliano Valdobbiadene. It takes place during the third weekend of May, at the very heart of the production area, in the splendid thirteenth-century San Salvatore di Susegana Castle. The event was the idea of the Consorzio di Tutela, as a means of promoting the territory with sector operators, journalists and consumers.
 
Prosecco Superiore Spring 2015 - 15 Wine Shows from March to June
From March to June, the hills of Conegliano Valdobbiadene are home to events marking the reawakening of the senses in spring and the passion for the inimitable wine which is the symbol of this area. The event is called Prosecco Superiore Spring, where history and traditions are combined with art, fine foods and wines and entertainment, with 15 wine events in the same number of towns between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene.
 
Sorsi d'Autore 2015 - Le ville venete, un patrimonio da vivere
Four cultural events in four villas in the Veneto region, from 20 June to 12 July, to celebrate the history, landscape, vine-growing and wine-making heritage of this region. This year will also mark the début of Sorsi Lab – meetings with wine: preview on 12 July and 4 meetings in September.
http://www.prosecco.it/en/news/index.php
http://www.coneglianovaldobbiadene.it/appuntamenti_elenco.asp?lang=en
 
 
 
 
 
 
Place of production
Towns of the Valpolicella area (Fumane, Marano di Valpolicella, Negrar, Pescantina, San Pietro in Cariano, Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella, Sant'Anna d'Alfaedo), in the province of Verona
 
Product description
Amarone DOCG is obtained by drying grapes kept in drying rooms for 100/120 days, where the sugars are left to ferment. It is one of the most enduring of the great Italian wines. It has a deep red colour with hints of garnet and a bouquet of withered fruit, tobacco and spices, as a result of the noble rot which grows during drying. It has a highly fruity flavour, extremely fragrant and dry but very soft, with a full, warm and invigorating body. It has a strong personality and can be aged for over twenty years. These characteristics make it ideal as an accompaniment to meat dishes, game and mature cheeses, but is also excellent on its own as a sipping wine.
Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG is obtained by drying grapes kept in drying rooms for 100/120 days and then halting fermentation to keep the percentage of sugars necessary to guarantee the typical structure of this wine. It has a deep, ruby-red colour, almost impenetrable, with a decisive bouquet of dried fruit and maraschino cherries, which continues harmoniously in its full flavour, with a sustained tone and a good total acidity.
Valpolicella Ripasso DOC is obtained by mixing normal Valpolicella with the residual marc of Amarone for around 15/20 days. It has a firmer body and longer life than normal Valpolicella, a higher alcohol content, lower acidity and greater smoothness, as well as a higher percentage of extracts and phenols. Ruby-red with garnet reflections, it has a slightly pungent bouquet of red fruit with hints of vanilla, with a refined, harmonious, dry and smooth taste. Its pleasant flavour makes it an ideal accompaniment to wintertime first courses, second courses, cured meats and medium matured cheeses.
Valpolicella DOC of the production year is a young ruby-red wine, with a subtle and vinous bouquet, with hints of cherry and rose, a refreshing, dry or very soft taste, pleasantly tannic and lively. The Superiore type is produced with grapes taken from the best positions. It must be aged for at least one year to ensure the characteristic ruby-red colour with hints of garnet. It has a slightly pungent, vanilla bouquet and a refined, harmonious, dry and smooth taste. Its strong flavour makes it very suitable as an accompaniment to second courses, particularly red meats, and medium matured cheeses.

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History / Traditions / Interesting Facts
Valpolicella lies to the north of Verona. It is bordered to the west by Lake Garda and protected to the east and north by the Lessini mountains. Valpolicella is formed of valleys running north to south, opening out in the shape of a fan from Verona.
The landscape is formed mainly of gently sloping hills and watersheds at low altitudes. It is dominated almost everywhere by vineyards, interspersed with olive groves and cherry trees. Its unique geological and climatic features are the reason behind the highly original and typical wines produced there.
The vineyards have the traditional trellised vines of Verona and are run by experienced vine growers who use traditional techniques combined with innovation: the Consorzio per la Tutela dei Vini Valpolicella has been promoting the use of environmentally and territorially friendly techniques for years.
 
Contact information
Consorzio per la Tutela dei Vini Valpolicella
Via Valpolicella 57, 37029 –  San Pietro in Cariano (Verona)
T +39 045 7703194 – F +39 045 7703167 –  info@consorziovalpolicella.it
 
For more Informations 
www.consorziovalpolicella.it (italian only)
 
 
 
 
 
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