“One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters…But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.”
Florence is not only the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, because its historical center is a triumph of art, but it’s a lively city . There are lots of things to do, such as traditional Festivals, Art and Cultural manifestations that represent the core of the city and its inhabitants. Experiencing Florence in this way means living the city as a local!
As the capital of Tuscany, Florence has remarkable Wines, most notably the deep red wine Chianti Classico. Florence offers Wine Festivals lots all the year long. In addition, every restaurant, every cafe, sometimes every vendor on the street sells Florence’s best Wines. Above all Tuscany is famous for its Chianti , made with perfect purple Sangiovese grapes grown in the golden sunlight of the Tuscan hills. You’ll also find fine Wines like the”Brunello di Montalcino”, “Pomino Vin Santo” and other “Trebiano White Wines”, and “Moscadello” varieties for sweet wines! It takes a long time to speak about Wine in Tuscany, so it’s better to participate in the Wine Exibition ““Vinoè”, held in Stazione Leopolda, Florence, from from Saturday 27 to Monday 29 October 2018.
Vinoé Wine Exhibition in Florence
“Vinoè”, now in its third edition, is an event dedicated to Italian and International Wine Excellence , and it is organized by FISAR (Italian Federation of Hotel and Catering Sommeliers). There are not only exihibitors with their best bottles of white, sparkling, rosé and red wines, but also cooking shows .
“Vinoè” is a meeting point for Wine Lovers. It is possible in 3 days to discover:
- 800 Wine Labels, among the famous and less famous Wineries;
- 140 tasting counters, chaired by winemakers, providing a special glimpse of National and International Wine Making Tradition;
- Wine Producers from all over Italy, from the North to the South; in particular there will be a wide representation of Tuscany with its “Brunello di Montalcino”, a red DOCG Italian wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located about 80 km South of Florence in the Tuscany Wine region;
- The great Wine Excellence from beyond the Alps;
- An interesting debate about reduction and replacement of sulphites in Wine launched by Carlos Veloso dos Santos , CEO of Amorim;
- The Art of Tasting Chocolate, Grapes & Distillates with a special Workshop presented by Paolo Bini, a Distillate Expert;
- The secrets of Winemaking in Anfora from ancient to modern time with a seminar dedicated on this issue , a meeting whose speaker is the oenologist Francesco Bartoletti;
- The Terroir of Burgundy with the Vertical Tasting of Vosne Romanéè Clos des Réas 1er Cru – (Pinot Noir in purity produced between 2011 and 2015);
- a Masterclass dedicated to Champagne vintages led by Cristina Willemsen of Fier Ce Fit;
- A Vertical Tasting of Lauro Costa Toscana IGT Podere la Regola, and of Brunello Montalcino Castello Banfi ;
- Food and Wine Culture of Eastern countries, the origins and rituals of Sakè (a Japanese drink that is made by fermenting rice) told by Giovanni Baldini of “Firenze Sakè” and by Arimitsu Sake Brewery ;
- A professional talk about the physico-chemical composition or the organoleptic characteristics of the Wine by Monica Picchi, teacher at Agrarian Faculty of the University of Florence;
- A journey around the world of the Women Entrepreneurs in the field of Wine making moderated by the Sommelier Genni Setteducati;
- Emanuele Costantini, the best FISAR Sommelier of 2018;
- Cooking classes with a pool of experts: Michelangelo Masoni, a famous butcher of Viareggio, Simone Alessio Sparacino, Chef at the starred “CumQuibus” of San Gimignano, Francesco Secci, member of the Prato Deak Team, and the partners of ” Consorzio di Tutela del Vitellone Bianco dell’Appennino Centrale”, an Italian Consortium for the protecion of native breeds, such as the Chianina and the White Veal from the Central Apennines.
My Top List of Italian Wines
- “Tintilia (66)”, Claudio Cipressi, Molise;
- “Bianco di Mariagrazia”,Tenuta Benedetta Etna Bianco, Sicily;
- Tommaso Stellino, Sicily;
- “Scalunera Etna Bianco”, Torre Mora/Piccini, Sicily/Tuscany;
- “Eleuteria”, Nerello Mascalese, Tenuta del Travale, Calabria;
- “Barolo”, Bruna Grimaldi, Piedmont;
- “Erbaluce”, Cieck, Piedmont;
- “Alta Langa”, Borgo Moncalvo, Piedmont.
- “Claudio Cipressi Winery, is located in San Felice del Molise, Campobasso. Since 2014 it has become officially certified as organic . Moliseis a beautiful region with a unique landscape. It is largely uncontaminated and the vineyards have great potential, which is why Claudio Cipressi cultivates 16 hectares with enthusiasm. Claudio Cipressi has reintroduced the Tintilia, a native white grape variety.
- “Tenuta Mora Winery” is owned by the historic Tuscan Producer Tenute Piccini, one of the most popular brand of Chianti, Chianti Classico, and Brunello Wines in Italy and the world. “Tenuta Mora ” is a boutique Winery located on the Etna volcano, a black mountain looking at a blue shining sea, a unique place able to craft hidden wine gems. The two vineyards of “Tenuta Mora ” are located at about 650-700m in Contrada Rovittello, in the municipality of Castiglione di Sicilia and Contrada Torre, in the municipality of Linguaglossa. The philosophy of “Tenuta Mora Winery” is one grape, one territory. Their main grapes are Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio. The average age of vines sits at around 15 years old . Vineyards on the Etna feature extremely fertile volcanic soils at an altitude of 650-700 meters above sea level (2100-2300 ft), with important temperature variations between day and night considerably influencing the quality of the grapes. Other properties under the Piccini umbrella are Valiano in Chianti Classico, Villa al Cortille in Montalcino, Tenuta Moraia in the Maremma Toscana, and Regio Cantinain the Aglianico del Vulture DOC zone of Basilicata. They are passionate about Winemaking!
- “Tenuta del Travale” is located in Rovito, Cosenza, a thirty minute drive from the spectacular blue sea of the Tyrrhenian coast in Calabria. Calabriais a wine region waiting to be discovered. Calabrian Wine has not received the recognition it deserves, even though the region of Calabria has a very long history of vine cultivation. The territory is gorgeous, but the economic problems of the region have prevented it from achieving its full potential. A goal that was pursued with determination by the owners of “Tenuta del Travale” , Raffaella Ciardullo and his husband Nicola Piluso. Today they run this stunning estate revitalising the old territory. They carry on the intent of defending the ancient Calabrian origin of Nerello Mascalese with one single label “Eleuteria” (there is some evidence that Nerello Mascalese may be related to Mantonico Bianco, an ancientCalabrian grape). “Tenuta del Travale” covers two hectares of hilly terrain. Founded in 1993, the estate cultivates today only 2 varieties of vines, Nerello Mescalese and Nerello Cappuccio, from which are produced Red Wines with the IGP recognition.
“Vinoè” 20018 is not only a sensorial experience. It’s the perfect place where you can understand why the story behind each Wine in your glass matters. There’s the Value of Work according to human passion and effort. An example of Authentic Life to follow in the caos of these times!
Enjoy it !