Italy winemaking in 45 minutes
Next Monday, on 7th July, 50 Chinese professionals, plus a few journalists from the foreign press accredited in Italy, will take part in an exceptional event at the spectacular Ca’ del Bosco Estate, in Erbusco; a kind of “top of the pops” of Italian winemaking. Within the sphere of a plan for the promotion of Italy and China, the two most typical consortia of Italian producers in terms of brands and value, i.e. the Istituto Grandi Marchi and Italia del Vino will jointly present: a total of 32 wineries, each with 4 wines; 128 super bottles in a striking setting, this little corner of Franciacorta, less than 100 km from Milan.
I have been nominated to summarise Italian winemaking in 45 minutes
From 10.30 in the morning onwards, I am still thinking about the presentation, because I’m sure you’ll understand… it won’t be easy in such a short time. I like the challenge, it is necessary to have a talent for succinctness and I will need to invent some creative definition to make a memorable impression on those approaching Italian winemaking for the first time. Should I take inspiration from the simple and effective style of Debra Meiburg MW? Difficult, to explain Italy she pointed to her 5 inch heel to indicate Apulia… (the great interview with Valentina Giannella in the March/April issue of Civiltà del bere is a must read). Obviously I won’t be able to resort to high heels, so I’ll have to think of something else. I’m sure I’ll get lots of suggestions. I can’t wait.
After my mini lesson, these wineries will be offering their material masterpieces. Banfi, Cantine Lunae, Casa Vinicola Sartori, Casa Vincola Zonin, Drei Donà Tenuta La Palazza, Ferrari F.lli Lunelli, Gancia, Gruppo Italiano Vini, Librandi, Marchesi di Barolo, Medici Ermete, Santa Margherita Gruppo Vinicolo, Terredora from Italia del Vino-Consorzio; Alois Lageder, Argiolas, Biondi Santi Greppo, Ca’ del Bosco, Michele Chiarlo, Carpenè Malvolti, Donnafugata, Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari Tenute, Gaja, Jermann, Lungarotti, Masi, Marchesi Antinori, Mastroberardino, Pio Cesare, Rivera, Tasca D’Almerita, Tenuta San Guido and Umani Ronchi from Istituto Grandi Marchi.
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