Benvenuto Brunello 2023, Presenting the Iconic Elixir of Tuscany – Filippo Magnani

On November 28th wine enthusiasts and professionals in nine key cities worldwide gathered to celebrate Brunello Day. London, New York, Dallas, Miami, Toronto, Vancouver, Zurich, Shanghai, and Tokyo all raised their glasses in honor of Brunello di Montalcino, the iconic elixir of Tuscany. This celebration is in fact the culmination of a 10-day event called Benvenuto Brunello, organized by the Brunello di Montalcino Consortium. Although Brunello Day is just a couple years old, this was Benvenuto Brunello’s 32nd edition and marked the release of the 2018 and 2019 vintages represented by 118 producers and 310 labels. These wines were evaluated by 90 Italian and international journalists and trade professionals, several of which were hand-picked by the Vinitaly International Academy, now supported by the Brunello Consortium.

During the inaugural weekend the 2023 vintage was presented and the 32nd Leccio d’Oro prize was awarded to five restaurants and wine retailers with an exceptional list of Montalcino wines: Ristorante Veranda at the Hotel Villa d’Este in Cernobbio, The Sistina restaurant in New York, The Il Quadrifoglio in Asti, The Berry Bros. & Rudd in London and the Osteria Il Bargello in Siena which also owns the Salotto del Vino, a wine bar and shop with nearly 100 Montalcino wines served by the glass.

A Story of Visionaries – The Rise of Brunello

After almost 50 years since its DOCG status, Brunello di Montalcino wines continue to grow in popularity and gain market share worldwide. To truly understand why, one must delve into its intriguing history. Montalcino was a very important stop of the Via Francigena, a road that ran from England to Rome and, therefore, it welcomed and hosted important men of power, nobles, politicians and popes. The great wines of Montalcino were crafted to satisfy the illustrious visitors who were traveling to reach the Eternal City, and that’s why the hamlet has displayed absolute quality winemaking for centuries.

The modern success of Brunello di Montalcino started in the late 19th century and is intertwined with the vision and passion of a few key figures who recognized the potential of the Sangiovese grape in a unique terroir. One such visionary was Ferruccio Biondi-Santi, a winemaker from the Montalcino region who experimented with the Sangiovese grape, selecting superior clones and implementing innovative winemaking techniques. He was one of the first to introduce the practice of aging Brunello di Montalcino in large oak casks for an extended period.

This patient aging process proved to be the key to unlocking the full potential of the Sangiovese grape. Over time, the wine developed a deep, complex character with earthy aromas, intense dark fruit flavors, and an impressive ability to age gracefully. Biondi-Santi’s wines gained recognition and set the standard for what Brunello di Montalcino would become.

As the reputation of Biondi-Santi’s Brunello spread, other winemakers in the Montalcino region started to adopt similar winemaking practices. In 1966, Brunello di Montalcino was first recognized as a Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and in 1980 it was granted the highest classification in Italian wine, Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG). This prestigious recognition solidified Brunello di Montalcino’s status as one of Italy’s most exceptional and iconic wines.

The Sangiovese Grape – A Match Made in Montalcino

The secret behind the exceptional character of Brunello di Montalcino lies in its main grape variety – Sangiovese. This indigenous grape has been cultivated in Tuscany for centuries, and although it is Italy’s most widely planted black grape variety, many would agree that it finds its ultimate expression in the hilly vineyards of Montalcino.

The name “Sangiovese” is derived from the Latin words “sanguis Jovis” meaning “blood of Jove,” reflecting the grape’s deep red color. It is known by other names too such as Brunello and Sangiovese Grosso. The grape has a remarkable ability to express itself in a range of styles, from light and fruity to full-bodied and complex. Sangiovese is known for its distinctive aromas, lively acidity and tannic backbone. Closely associated with Sangiovese are fragrances of cherries – both fresh and dried – as well as ripe strawberries and plums that often intertwine with appealing herbal nuances like thyme, oregano, and sweet tobacco. This flavor profile captures beautifully the essence of the Tuscan terroir. Its vibrant and refreshing acidity preserves the wine’s balance, enhances its food pairing versatility and contributes to the wine’s aging potential, enabling it to develop complexity and maintain freshness over time.

Sangiovese wines often exhibit a pronounced tannic structure, delivering a firm and grippy texture that can be attributed to both the grape variety and the extended skin contact during fermentation. These tannins not only contribute to the wine’s structure but also bestow it with excellent aging potential. With time, the tannins soften, allowing the wine to evolve and develop greater complexity while retaining its inherent elegance. This is why the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG requires a minimum of 4 years aging, including 2 years in barrel and 4 months in bottle. The Riserva takes another year of aging which includes an additional 2 months in bottle.

The Terroir of Montalcino – A Sublime Expression of Complexity

The terroir of Montalcino is a tapestry of diverse microclimates, soils, and altitudes that contribute to the distinctive character of Brunello di Montalcino.
The vineyards of Montalcino are nestled on slopes and plateaus at varying elevations, ranging from 250 to 600 meters above sea level. This diverse topography results in different microclimates within the region, allowing winemakers the opportunity to express different facets of the Sangiovese grape.

The soils in Montalcino are rich and varied, giving Brunello di Montalcino its multifaceted personality. The northern region of Montalcino has soils dominated by limestone and shale, bringing finesse and elegance to the wines. In the central part, clay and marl prevail, imparting structure and depth. In the southern areas, volcanic soils contribute to wines with power and intensity.

The climate of Montalcino plays a crucial role in the ripening of the grapes. Summers are warm and dry, while winters are mild, providing the perfect balance of sun and rainfall. The significant diurnal temperature variation during the growing season helps to retain the grapes’ natural acidity, resulting in wines with vibrant freshness.

These factors, combined with the expertise and dedication of the winemakers, shape the flavor profile of Brunello di Montalcino. The wines are characterized by their remarkable complexity, intense aromas, lively acidity, and structured tannins that contribute to their exceptional aging potential.

Preserving Tradition, Embracing Innovation – The Future of Brunello di Montalcino

While rooted in centuries-old traditions, the producers of Brunello di Montalcino embrace innovation and strive for excellence in their winemaking practices. In recent years, there has been a greater emphasis on sustainable viticulture and organic farming methods. Many wineries in Montalcino have adopted practices that respect the environment, ensuring a healthy balance between vineyard management and the preservation of the unique terroir. Over half of them are now certified organic.

Modern winemaking techniques have also allowed winemakers to refine their craftsmanship further. Advances in technology have made it possible to control temperature during fermentation, ensuring optimal extraction of aromas and flavors from the grapes. Precision in oak aging has also become a focus, allowing winemakers to strike a perfect balance between the fruit purity and the subtle influence of oak.

Experiences Around Montalcino – A Perfect Blend of Culture, Gastronomy, Wine, and History

For visitors and wine enthusiasts, a journey to Montalcino offers much more than just a tasting experience. Here, you can immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage, savor delicious culinary delights, explore the ancient history, and indulge in the stunning beauty of the Tuscan landscape.

For those with a passion for culture and history, a visit to the medieval fortress that overlooks Montalcino is a must. The fortress, known as the Rocca, offers panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards and the charming town below. Inside, the Museo Civico showcases archaeological finds and artifacts that tell the story of Montalcino’s past. The main street and square are lined with boutiques, restaurants and wine shops perfect for a day of shopping, eating and wine tasting.

Gastronomy connoisseurs will find themselves in heaven as they explore the local cuisine. The traditional dishes of Montalcino are a perfect pairing for Brunello di Montalcino, from hearty wild boar ragù to Pecorino cheese made from the milk of sheep that graze among the vines.
Many wineries in the area welcome visitors, offering guided tours of their vineyards and cellars. The winemakers take great pride in sharing their knowledge and passion, allowing visitors to gain a deeper understanding of the winemaking process and the philosophy behind their wines. And of course, the tastings of Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino are an absolute highlight, immersing visitors in the flavors, aromas, and history of these exceptional wines.

For those who are captivated by the natural beauty of the region, a drive through the rolling hills of Montalcino is an enchanting experience. The vine-laden landscapes, dotted with rustic farmhouses and charming villages, create an idyllic setting that begs to be explored. Hiking and biking are great ways to fully appreciate the picturesque scenery and immerse yourself in the soul of this incredible region. In fact there are two famous events that take place every year here: the Brunello Crossing for walkers and hikers and L’Eroica for cyclists. Among other scenic landscapes, both will take you through Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage site that embodies the best of the Tuscan countryside.

In Conclusion

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG is not just a wine; it is an embodiment of the passion, dedication, and the magic of the Montalcino terroir. The Sangiovese grape nurtured in this exceptional climate and soil produces wines of unrivaled elegance, complexity, and longevity. A visit to Montalcino is an opportunity to experience the rich heritage, indulge in the gastronomic delights, immerse yourself in the mesmerizing landscapes, and uncover the secrets of Brunello di Montalcino. With every sip, you will taste the rich history, feel the love and respect for the land, and be transported to the heart of Tuscany’s winemaking excellence. Cheers to a truly unforgettable wine experience!

Four New Masters of Wine Inducted

The Institute of Masters of Wine has welcomed four new Masters of Wine to its membership at an awards ceremony yesterday at Vintners’ Hall in London.

The ceremony celebrated the inauguration of the new MWs and recognized individual excellence in areas of the MW examination. Some Masters of Wine from around the globe attended the event to welcome the new ‘MW vintage’.

The four new MWs inaugurated at Vintners’ Hall included, Wojciech Bońkowski MW (Poland), Joshua Grainer MW (United States), Erin Jolley MW (United States) and Andrea Lonardi MW (Italy).

Cathy van Zyl MW, Chair of the IMW said: “The official welcome of new MWs into the Institute is the highlight of our calendar. Not only because it takes each MW back to the day they joined the Institute but because, as a community, we celebrate the commitment, enthusiasm and study it takes to pass the examination; recognized the achievement of our new MWs; and show our respect for their achievement. Congratulations to Wojciech, Joshua, Erin and Andrea.”

Julian Gore-Booth, Executive Director of the IMW said: “We are delighted to welcome four new members to the MW family. They represent the pinnacle of excellence and achievement in the wine world and we are proud to have them with us.”

There are currently 414 Masters of Wine based in 31 different countries.

2023 Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards

I’m en route to Stellenbosch, South Africa to participate as a judge in the 2023 Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards.  I look forward to meeting the esteemed panel of international judges for judging week which will be taking place from July 24th to 28th, 2023.

The judges are comprised of selected wine and spirits experts hailing from five different continents, in which we will be employing the internationally recognized 100-point system, and using the blind judging approach.

This year we will be judging at the stunning Lourensford Wine Estate, which is in the heart of the historical winelands of Somerset West. Spanning over 4,000 hectares of lush forest, fynbos, fruit orchards and sprawling vineyards, it is set against the stunning backdrop the Helderberg Mountains, caressed by breezes off the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Stay tuned for some more updates!

 

18th Edition of Radici del Sud – Results Announced [Part ll]

The award winners for the 18th Edition of Radici del Sud were announced at the award ceremonies this morning at Sannicandro di Bari. Over 350 wines [from Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise, Puglia, Sardinia and Sicily] were tasted and judged by four juries which were composed of International and Italian journalists, enologists, and buyers. In attendance was Giuseppe Giannone, the Mayor of Sannicandro di Bari (Italy), Nicola Campanile, President, Radici del Sud, the four panel chairs, the wine judges and the wineries or their representatives.

The four panel chairs who are well-known ad Italian wine experts include: Richard Baudains from @ass_enoteche_italiane_vinarius; Andrea Terraneo, President of @20italie; Luca Matarazzo from @decanter, and Maurizio Valerian from @vinodabere.

Here is a breakdown of the four groups:

International Jury Group 1:

Luca Matarazzo – Presidente di giuria- IT – 20Italie.com

Anais Cancino – Mexico – Wineteller

Liz Palmer – Canada – Wine Journalist, Author, and Influencer

Torge Thies – Germania – TRCT MEDIEN GmbH

Anthony Rose – Regno Unito – Decanter / Freelance wine journalist / Author

International Jury Group 2:

Richard Baudains – President of the Jury – United Kingdom – Decanter

Young Shi – United Kingdom – TS WINE www.tastespirit.com

Robert McNulty – USA – Wine Academy Italia

Jeff Barrows – USA – Food Wine Click!

Ben Little – Ireland – Thenativegrapes.com

National Jury Group 1

Maurizio Valeriani – President of the Jury – IT – Vinodabere.it

Franco Santini – IT – Acquabuona.it

Luigi Salvo – IT – Vinup.it

Francesco Fortunato – IT (Enologist)

Salvatore Digiacomo – IT (Enologist)

National Jury Group 2

Andrea Terraneo – President of IT Jury – President Vinarius

Francesco Bonfio – IT – Presidente AEPI

Katarina Andersson – IT – Grapevine Adventures

Matteo Esposito – IT (Enologist)

Tiziana Micelli – IT (Enologist)

The full list of the “Award Winning Wines for 18th Edition of Radici del Sud”

AwardName of WineryRegionLabelVariety/VarietiesVintage
1st place
national jury
BRARONE G.R. MACRÌCALABRIACENTOCAMERE
BIANCO
MANTONICO 100%2019
2nd place

national jury

CAIAFFA VINIPUGLIAMYRIAFIANO 100%2022
1st place
international jury
CAIAFFA VINIPUGLIAMYRIAFIANO 100%2022
2nd place
international jury
GIOVANNI AIELLOPUGLIACHAKRA BLUVERDECA 100%2021
2nd place
international jury
ORIGINE & IDENTITÀCALABRIA20-18ZIBIBBO 100%2021
1st place national juryVITIVINICOLA PUDDUSARDEGNABALOICANNONAU 100%2022
2nd place national juryVIGNAIOLI PUGLIESIPUGLIABULLA AUFIDUS ROSÉNERO DI TROIA 100%2021
     
1st place international juryBRARONE G.R. MACRÌCALABRIACENTOCAMERE ROSATONERELLO MASCALESE 100%2019
2nd place international juryVITIVINICOLA PUDDUSARDEGNABALOICANNONAU 100%2022
1st place national juryAGNANUMCAMPANIAAGNUM FALANGHINAFALANGHINA 100%2021
2nd place national juryNATIVCAMPANIACUPA DEL PARADISOFALANGHINA 100%2022
1st place international juryALABASTRA
PINTORE & VALENTINO
CAMPANIAFALANGHINAFALANGHINA 100%2018
2nd place international juryCANTINE KANDEAPUGLIACOSTANZAFALANGHINA 100%2019
1st place national juryCANTINE KANDEAPUGLIAANAISGRECO 100%2019
2nd place national juryALABASTRA
PINTORE & VALENTINO
CAMPANIAGRECOGRECO 100%2018
1st place international juryDI PRISCOCAMPANIAGRECO DI TUFOGRECO 100%2020
2nd place international jurySAN SALVATORE 1988CAMPANIACALPAZIOGRECO 100%2022
1st place national juryCANTINE KANDEAPUGLIABIANCOFIOREFIANO 100%2021
2nd place national juryAGRI GIRARDIPUGLIACIMAGLIAFIANO 50% MALVASIA 50%2022
1st place international juryDI PRISCOCAMPANIAIRPINIA FIANOFIANO 100%2020
2nd place international jurySAN SALVATORE 1988CAMPANIAPIAN DI STIOFIANO 100%2022
1st place national jury- SiciliaIUPPASICILIALINDO ETNA BIANCO
SUPERIORE DOC
CARRICANTE 90%
CATARRATTO 10%
2020
1st place national jury- CalabriaCANTINE BENVENUTOCALABRIABENVENUTO ZIBIBBOZIBIBBO 100%2022
1st place national jury- CampaniaMARISA CUOMOCAMPANIAFURORE BIANCO
FIORDUVA
40% RIPOLI 30% FENILE
30% GINESTRA
2021
1st place national jury- Sardegna ex aequoCANTINA CAMBONI GIOVANNISARDEGNAGIOVANNI CAMBONIVERMENTINO 100%2022
1st place national jury- Sardegna ex aequoSIDDÙRASARDEGNAMAÌAVERMENTINO 100%2021
1st place national jury- AbruzzoOREFICE VINIABRUZZOCOCOCCIOLACOCOCCIOLA 100%2022
1st place national jury- BasilicataCANTINA DI VENOSABASILICATAVERBO MALVASIAMALVASIA100%2022
1st place national jury- PugliaVINI DI MONTEMARCUCCIOPUGLIAPRIMI FILARIVERDECA 100%2022
1st place international jury- CampaniaMARISA CUOMOCAMPANIAFURORE BIANCO
FIORDUVA
40% RIPOLI 30% FENILE
30% GINESTRA
2021
1st place international jury- CalabriaORIGINE & IDENTITÀCALABRIACENTODÍZIBIBBO100%2022
1st place international jury- SardegnaSIDDÙRASARDEGNAMAÌAVERMENTINO 100%2021
1st place international jury- SiciliaBAGLIO DEL CRISTO DI CAMPOBELLOSICILIALALÙCIGRILLO 100%2022
1st place international jury- AbruzzoPODERI D’AURIZIOABRUZZOD’AURI’PECORINO 100%2021
1st place international jury- PugliaVINI DI MONTEMARCUCCIOPUGLIAPRIMI FILARIVERDECA 100%2022
1st place national jury- PugliaCASA PRIMISPUGLIAMONROSENERO DI TROIA 100%2022
2nd place national jury- PugliaMICHELE BIANCARDI CANTINE E VIGNE DAUNEPUGLIAROSALIANERO DI TROIA 100%2022
1st place national jury- Abruzzo ex aequoBUZZARONE VIGNAIOLO IN CASTELFERRATOABRUZZORUGGITOMONTEPULCIANO 100%2022
1st place national jury- Abruzzo ex aequoCREA VINIABRUZZOAMARTI SEMPREMONTEPULCIANO 100%2022
1st place national jury- MoliseCAMPI VALERIOMOLISEPER UNA ROSATINTILIA 100%2022
1st place national jury- SardegnaSIDDURASARDEGNANUDOCANNONAU 100%2022
1st place national jury- SiciliaBAGLIO DEL CRISTO DI CAMPOBELLOSICILIAC’D’C’ CRISTO
DI CAMPOBELLO ROSATO
NERO D’AVOLA 100%2022
1st place national jury- CampaniaIFALCOCAMPANIAFA’ CRUCIAGLIANICO 100%2022
1st place national jury- CalabriaCANTINE STATTICALABRIAGRECO NEROGRECO NERO 100%2022
1st place international jury- PugliaMANDWINERY (FAMIGLIA MANDUANO)PUGLIABISCIÙNERO DI TROIA 100%2022
2nd place international jury- PugliaTORREVENTOPUGLIAPRIMARONANERO DI TROIA 100%2022
1st place international jury- AbruzzoBUZZARONE VIGNAIOLO IN CASTELFERRATOABRUZZORUGGITOMONTEPULCIANO 100%2022
1st place international jury- SardegnaSIDDURASARDEGNANUDOCANNONAU 100%2022
1st place international jury- SiciliaBAGLIO DEL CRISTO DI CAMPOBELLOSICILIAC’D’C’ CRISTO
DI CAMPOBELLO ROSATO
NERO D’AVOLA 100%2022
1st place international jury- CampaniaIFALCOCAMPANIAFA’ CRUCIAGLIANICO 100%2022
1st place international jury- CalabriaTENUTA DEL TRAVALECALABRIAEPICARMANERELLO CAPPUCCIO 100%2022
1st place national jury- SardegnaVITIVINICOLA
FULGHESU LE VIGNE
SARDEGNAKANTHARUMURISTELLU 35%
CANNONAU 30%
MONICA 25%
CAGNULARI 10%
2019
1st place national jury- SiciliaIUPPASICILIACLO ETNA ROSSONERELLO MASCALESE 85% –
NERELLO CAPPUCCIO 15%
2020
1st place national jury- CalabriaLIBRANDICALABRIADUCA SANFELICEGAGLIOPPO 100%2020
1st place national jury- CampaniaMARISA CUOMOCAMPANIAFUROREAGLIANICO 50%
PIEDIROSSO 50%
2019
1st place national jury- PugliaVINI DI MONTEMARCUCCIOPUGLIAELPÌSOTTAVIANELLO 100%2022
1st place national jury- MoliseCAMPI VALERIOMOLISEOPALIA TINTILIA
DEL MOLISE DOC 2019
TINTILIA 100%2019
1st place international jury- SardegnaVITIVINICOLA
FULGHESU LE VIGNE
SARDEGNASENTIDUCAGNULARI 100%2016
1st place international jury- SiciliaIUPPASICILIACLO ETNA ROSSONERELLO MASCALESE 85% –
NERELLO CAPPUCCIO 15%
2020
1st place international jury- CalabriaCANTINE CACCAMOCALABRIACAPARBIOCALABRESE 80%
NERELLO MASCALESE 20%
2020
1st place international jury- CampaniaMARISA CUOMOCAMPANIARAVELLOPIEDIROSSO 70%
AGLIANICO 30%
2019
1st place international jury- MoliseANGELO D’UVAMOLISELAGENATINTILIA 100%2020
1st place international jury- PugliaCooperativa AlterecoPUGLIAROSSO LIBEROBLEND UVE AUTOCTONE 100%2021
1st place
national jury
PODERI D’AURIZIOABRUZZOD’AURÌMONTEPULCIANO 100%2021
2nd place
national jury
DONVITANTONIO VINIABRUZZODONVITANTONIOMONTEPULCIANO 100 %2019
      
1st place international juryOREFICE VINIABRUZZO1932MONTEPULCIANO 100%2015
2nd place international juryL’ ARDITO AZIENDA AGRICOLAPUGLIADON FELICEMONTEPULCIANO 100%2021
1st place
national jury
CANTINE EMERA
DI CLAUDIO QUARTA VIGNAIOLO
PUGLIAANIMA DI NEGROAMARO
LIZZANO NEGROAMARO
DOP SUPERIORE
NEGROAMARO 100%2019
2 place
national jury
LE VIGNE DI SAMMARCOPUGLIAORMANERA SALICE SALENTINO DOP RISERVANEGROAMARO 100%2016
2 place
national jury
FABIANA WINESPUGLIAKALEMA
NEGROAMARO SALENTO
NEGROAMARO 100%2020
1st place international juryCANTINE PAOLO LEOPUGLIAORFEONEGROAMARO 100%2021
2nd place international juryFABIANA WINESPUGLIAKALEMA
NEGROAMARO SALENTO
NEGROAMARO 100%2020
     
1st place
national jury
FATALONE ORGANIC WINESPUGLIAFATALONE RISERVAPRIMITIVO 100%2020
2nd place
national jury
MASSERIA MITAPUGLIAIMPERATRICEPRIMITIVO 70%
NEGROAMARO 30%
2018
      
1st place international juryCANTINE DUE PALMEPUGLIASANGAETANOPRIMITIVO 100%2022
2nd place international juryFATALONE ORGANIC WINESPUGLIAFATALONE RISERVAPRIMITIVO 100%2020
     
1st place
national jury
TORREVENTOPUGLIATORRE DEL FALCONERO DI TROIA 100%2021
2nd place
national jury
PIARULLI VINI ED OLIOPUGLIANERO DI TROIANERO DI TROIA 100%2021
2nd place
national jury
CAIAFFA VINIPUGLIAVIBRANSNERO DI TROIA 100%2019
     
1st place international juryCRIFOPUGLIAAUGUSTALENERO DI TROIA 100%2017
2nd place international juryCAIAFFA VINIPUGLIAVIBRANSNERO DI TROIA 100%2019
     
1st place
national jury
FAMIGLIA DEMELASSARDEGNAGIOGUCANNONAU 100%2021
2nd place
national jury
VITIVINICOLA PUDDUSARDEGNACARROSCANNONAU 100%2019
     
1st place international juryVITIVINICOLA F
ULGHESU LE VIGNE
SARDEGNAAMPSICORACANNONAU 100%2020
2nd place international jurySEBASTIANO POLINASSARDEGNAPOLINASCANNONAU 100%2020
     
1st place
national jury
LIBRANDICALABRIAMEGONIOMAGLIOCCO 100%2021
1st place
national jury
TENUTE PACELLICALABRIATERRA ROSSAMAGLIOCCO 100%2020
2nd place
national jury
CASA COMERCICALABRIA‘ABATIAMAGLIOCCO CANINO 100%2021
     
1st place international juryCASA COMERCICALABRIA‘ABATIAMAGLIOCCO CANINO 100%2021
2nd place international juryLIBRANDICALABRIAMEGONIOMAGLIOCCO 100%2021
1st place
national jury
CANTINE DELITECAMPANIAGENEROSOAGLIANICO 100%2013
2nd place
national jury
AZIENDA AGRICOLA
ANTONIO COVUCCIA
CAMPANIA1931AGLIANICO 100%2021
1st place international juryCONTRADAMITOCAMPANIADUNSOGNOAGLIANICO 100%2016
2nd place international jury2VITECAMPANIA2VITEAGLIANICO 70%
PIEDIROSSO 30%
2020
2nd place international juryAZIENDA AGRICOLA BOCCELLACAMPANIAIRPINIA CAMPI TAURASINIAGLIANICO 100%2020
2nd place international juryANTICO CASTELLOCAMPANIAMAGISAGLIANICO 100%2016
1st place
national jury
AMARANOCAMPANIALAGONESSAAGLIANICO 100%2014
2nd place
national jury
CONTRADAMITOCAMPANIAAMATOAGLIANICO 100%2016
1st place international juryCONTRADAMITOCAMPANIAAMATOAGLIANICO 100%2016
2nd place international juryAZIENDA AGRICOLA BOCCELLACAMPANIASANT’EUSTACHIOAGLIANICO 100%2018
      
1st place
national jury
CANTINE DEL NOTAIOBASILICATAL’AUTENTICAMOSCATO 70% MALVASIA 30%2021
2nd place
national jury
BOTROMAGNO –
PODERI D’AGOSTINO
PUGLIAGRAVISANOMALVASIA BIANCA 100%2015

 

Tasting the wines was exciting and very representative of their territories of origin. It was also interesting to see more blends and rare varieties being representative.

Radici del Sud is an event of great importance. Not only does it celebrate and reward the best wine excellences in the south of Italy, it also brings international visibility to Southern Italian viticulture, which is a fascinating world to discover!

Coravin Launches Single-Serve Vinitas System

Coravin, a global wine technology company, revolutionized the way wine is consumed 10 years ago with the launch of its preservation system that pours wine without removing the cork.

Coravin is now disrupting the category again with the launch of its next industry-changing device, Coravin Vinitas™, designed to help businesses share preserved tastings of wine with “try before you buy” while boosting interest in wine education.

Coravin Vinitas™ System

Coravin Vinitas™ is a revolutionary small-footprint device that transfers wine into smaller consumables with up to 12 months of preservation.

“Until now, there has not been a scalable automated product that creates single-serve formats and maintains the quality of the wine inside for months, as opposed to weeks,” said Greg Lambrecht, Coravin founder and inventor. “With Coravin Vinitas™, companies, hospitality services, and trade can sample and fractionalize any bottle, any time, on-site, ensuring the highest quality experience for businesses and consumers, no more needlessly shipping full-size bottles where only a taste is needed.”

“During the early days of the pandemic, we spotted a gap in the market for this type of self-use fractionalization device that would allow our customers to send samples, preserved for months, to their trade customers and consumers,” said Chris Ladd, Coravin CEO. “Since then, we have continued to see the wine industry struggle to connect with a younger consumer audience who have far more options to choose from than previous generations. Coravin Vinitas™ addresses this need and is primed to change the way the world consumes wine.”

Coravin spent more than eighteen months building and testing the Coravin Vinitas™ with wineries, retailers, and wine schools around the world including Napa Valley Wine Academy, Langton’s, Ceretto, Château Montelena, ONX, Alkina, Stéphane Derenoncourt of Domaine de l’A, Château Haut Bailly, Tooth & Nail Wine Co., Benom, Clos Solene, Claudio Martins Wine Advisor, Justin Leone, and more.

To learn more CoravinVinitas.com.