LINKS TO THE ITALIAN WINE WORLD
We are continuously looking for the best sources to share with you to help with your Italian wine education and your visit to Italy.
VinItaly: VinItaly is the landmark event for the Italian and international wine world. The largest wine show in the world has progressively and increasingly become a mainstay even on an international scale by welcoming innovations and appealing to operators not only as a trade exhibition but also and especially as a full-scale reference "event". Come join us in April ! This is one of our favorite events to attend.
The Italian Trade Commission: The trade promotion section of the Consulate General of Italy presents ItalianMade.com . This is a great example of the outstanding support the Italian Government helps promote the wines and foods from Italy.
The Italian Government tourist board : Going to Italy and need some of the best brochures to plan your trip. Check out their website or go visit them at one of their many offices found in most major cities
Associzione Italian Sommeliers: One of Italy’s top organizations for education and training for Sommeliers in Italy. They publish books and hold education classes for people serious about a career in this great industry
F.I.S.A.R Federation of Italian Sommeliers: This is another Italian sommelier society in Italy that publishes the Il Sommelier magazine, holds classes and promotes events
Gambero Rosso’s Citta del Gusto (City of Taste)
What can we say this is an Italian food and wine lovers dream or in New York terms the house that Ruth built a shine to Italian food and wine. When in Rome do what the world does go visit Citta del Gusto. We love everything Gambero Rosso !
Visitors can spend a pleasant a day in the cooking theater, where the best Italian and foreign cooks perform all year round: a unique vantage point to discover and enjoy what’s new and hot in cooking all over the world. Classrooms for both amateurs and professionals are on site. Workshops on food and wine are scheduled daily and cover many topics and when you need to unwind you can relax at the wine bar where the selection of great Italian wines will make your head spin. The restaurant on site is the place to sample some of Italy’s top cuisine , and a shop with a wide choice of food and wine-related objects and books is right next store.
Movimento Turismo del Vino: The Movimento Turismo del Vino (Wine Tourism Movement) is an association created in 1993 that has encouraged Italian wineries to open their doors to visitors: Italy has now become the country of “Cantine Aperte,” the annual event organized by MTV on the last Sunday of May. MTV is a non-profit association with the aim of promoting wine tourism and improving the wine areas’ image and prestige, as well as their economic development. MTV wants to stand for protection of the environment and for quality agriculture; promoting a natural life-style that puts the visitor at the centre of attention. Among the almost 900 members of the Association are some of Italy’s most prestigious wineries, selected on the basis of very precise characteristics, first of which are their high quality of visitor hospitality.
Movimento Turismo del Vino National Office
Via Mario Angeloni, 16
06089 - Torgiano (PG)
Tel/Fax +39 075 9889529
The Touring club of Italy: The Milan-based Touring Club of Italy (TCI) was established on November 8, 1894; its original name was Touring Club Ciclistico Italiano (Cycling Touring Club of Italy). Its purpose was and remains to promote tourism, considered also as a means of discovering countries and cultures, and contributing to mutual understanding and respect among people. The Touring Club of Italy promotes a leisure culture intended to increase appreciation of Italy’s natural and artistic heritage. Its packed calendar and constantly updated tourism database offer a wealth of useful information and opportunities for your personal enrichment and pleasures.
The Italian Culinary Academy:
Having dined at Chef Cesare Casella (the schools dean )restaurants in New York and sampled his incredible dishes first hand I can honestly say he is a Master Italian Chef with an unique down to earth personality . This may be the only duel campus Italian cooking school in the states and Italy. All we can say is go for it!
The Italian Culinary Experience program offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to train on both sides of the Atlantic, learning in their kitchens in New York City and at ALMA in Parma, Italy. The 29-week course include Italian language training and a chance to put your new skills to the test during an internship in the kitchen of one of Italy’s top restaurants — making it ideal for anyone who wants to eat, drink, live and breathe Italian cuisine, language, and culture. For the most comprehensive Italian immersion available without a passport, our Fundamentals of Italian Cooking offers in-depth training on everything from antipasti to zabaglione. Students can get a smaller — but just as delicious — taste in an 8-session Essentials of Italian Cooking class. Whatever course you choose, you’ll discover why Italians are so passionate about food and how to awaken that passion within yourself while following in the footsteps of culinary legends of the past, present, and future.
Contact The Italian Culinary Academy at
Gruppo Ristoratori Italiani: GRI is a not-for-profit association founded in 1979 to increase the awareness of fine, authentic Italian cuisine and to promote its image through member restaurants, culinary scholarships, fundraising events and news media. Initially founded by a small group of influential Italian restaurateurs, GRI has grown into one of the food industry’s most respected associations as a leader in codifying, clarifying and elevating the perception of the of Italian food and wine throughout the hospitality industry. Check out their web-site for a member ship restaurant in your area. Tell them you found them through Great Every Day Italian Wines.com
Consortium and Tourist boards by region: The regional consortiums and tourist boards are great sources for information when your planning your trip or doing research . When you contact them please let them know you found them being featured at greateverydayitalianwines.com
Piazza Chanoux, 45
11100 Aosta AO
Tel +39 0165 33352 Fax: +39 0165 40532
via Avogadro, 30
10121 Torino TO
Tel. +39 011 4321354 Fax +39 011 4326218
Great Chefs of Piedmont: www.stelledelpiedmonte.net
Consorzio tutela vini D’Acqui Brachetto D’Acqui:
Consorzio di Tutela del Gavi:
The Gavi district’s vocation for winegrowing certainly has very ancient origins: the first document which bears witness to this phenomenon dates back to 3 June 1072, and is preserved in the State Archive in Genoa. It contains a reference to the lease by the bishop of Genoa of vineyards and chestnut groves in the Meirana area to two citizens of Gavi. Receipts have been discovered dating from 1373 which refer to wine from the estates of the castles of Parodi and Tagliolo being destined for the Genoese market. This suggests that wine from Lower Piedmont already had a far from negligible market in the mediaeval period.
The first specific reference to the Cortese vine is found in the letters written by the factor of Montaldeo castle to the Marchese Doria in 1659 and 1688, in which he speaks of "vines that are all Cortese, some fermenting vats, and sweet nebbiolos (a black grape variety)".
Later, in 1799, Count Nuvolone mentions Cortese in the dialect form corteis.
In 1876 the Marchese Cambiaso, proprietor of the Centuriona and Toledana estates, created the first large-scale specialised plantings of Cortese, and his example was shortly followed by the Raggio, Serra, Sartorio and Spinola families. This was the beginning of the modern era for Gavi, which boasts its first appearance in a treatise on viticulture in 1870, when Demaria and Leardi gave an accurate description of Cortese. They described it, among other things, as being particularly suited to making sparkling wines, thanks especially to the work of the French oenologist Luigi Oudard (keeper of the Conte di Cavour’s cellars at Grinzane), who was the first to use Cortese for his sparkling wines.
Piazza Martiri della Benedicta,13
15066 Gavi ( Alessandria)
Tel. 0143645068 Fax. 0143644961
via Pola 12/14
20124 Milano MI
Tel +39 02 67656259 Fax: +39 02 67656255
Provincia di Milano: www.provincia.milano.it
Conti Sertoli Salis: www.sertolisalis.com
Consorzio per la tutela del Franciacorta: Some of the worlds best sparkling wines are produced in this area. Franciacorta can compete with the best Champagnes from France in flavor, quality and elegance. The Corsorzio makes sure the level of excellence is kept in producing this sparkling wine and promotes this special product worldwide.
Via Giuseppe Verdi, 53
25030 Erbusco (Brecia)
Tel. 0307760477 Fax. 0307760467
Trentino / Alto Adige
Via Alfieri, 4
38100 Trento TN
Tel +39 0461 983880 Fax: +39 0461 984508
Friuli Venezia Giulia
Piazza I° Maggio, 7
33100 Udine UD
Tel +39 0432 295972 Fax: +39 0432 504743
Consorzio Tutela Vini DOC- Colli Orientali del Friuli: The Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC Wines Consortium was one of the first consortia to be set up in Italy in 1970. Several decades have gone by. In this period vine growing in this area has developed, acquiring a significant national and international status. This growth has coincided in many cases with a generation change - farmers born in the first half of the century (for whom wine was only one of the products contributing to the income of the family enterprise) handed over to their children, who have been able to transform their fathers’ activity into fully-equipped modern and structured vine-growing and wine-making firms, exploiting the precious expertise and wine making tradition of the area, passed down from one generation to the next. The training, information, technical support and promotion activities carried out by the Consortium have been crucial in this development phase, together with official monitoring and DOC certification. Today the Consortium has about 200 members, over ¾ of which are bottlers. Their vineyards (2,300 registered hectares) produce over 80,000 hectolitres of DOC wine, almost 30% of which is exported, mainly to European countries but also U.S.A. and Japan. Germany and Austria are still important markets where the Consortium organizes presentations and wine-tasting events - much appreciated by participating members and the public. Promotion is coordinated by a small staff operating in Cividale, from a prestigious headquarters in a 15th-century building close to the Duomo, where tourists looking for information on the Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC wines can stop and admire the perfectly kept and restored stone walls and graceful columns.
Via G.B Candotti, 1
33043 Cividale del Friuli
Tel. 0432730129 Fax. 0432702924
Via Castello, 4421
30122 Venezia VE
Tel +39 041 5298722 Fax: +39 041 5230399
Consorzio tutela vini Soave e Recioto di Soave:
Soave wine and its Consortium have come full circle with the awarding of the “G” to Soave Superiore. After the long and arduous task of viticulture zonification, that has effectively made the zone the most studied territory in Italy, this area has decided to bet its future on its unique identity, by developing a quality pyramid, based on the French “cru” concept.
Thanks to a unique composition of the soils that recount through their volcanic origin and evolution of 60 million years, and also thanks to the extraordinary quality of a dark soil that is capable of yielding limpid, golden nectars, in other words, a vocation given by nature for wines which also by their very nature are truly indigenous. Today’s Soaves are not the Soaves our dads drank. They are more complex, rich with underling layers of flavors that can only come from it unique terroir
Vicolo A. Mattielli,11
37038 Soave ( Verona)
Tel. 0457681578 Fax. 0456190306
Via G. D’Annunzio, 64
16121 Genova GE
Tel +39 010 5485553 Fax: +39 010 5704216
Photographs of Liguria by top local photographers:
The Genova Tourist board: www.turismo.comune.genova.it
The convention bureau of Genova: www.cbgenova.it
The Province of Genova: www.provincia.genova.it
The Commune of Genova: www.comune.genova.it
Culture society of Genova: www.museigenova.it
Viale Aldo Moro, 30
40127 Bologna BO
Tel +39 051 283345 Fax: +39 051 231454
The commune of Rimini: www.comune.rimini.it
The province of Rimini: www.riviera.rimini.it
The province of Ferrara: www.ferrarainfo.com
The province of Bologna: www.provincia.bologna.it
Vini Colli Bolognesi: (Emilia-Romagna ) The Consortium was formed on 2 July 1971 by several winemakers in the Colli Bolognesi area. The Colli Bolognesi Voluntary Consortium is not a trading or sales organization, but was created solely to safeguard the name and reputation of their DOC wines, to encourage the planting of vines in the area which are suitable for the production of DOC wines, and to promote the appreciation of their local DOC wines throughout the world. www.collibolognesi.it
The San Patrignano Winery and community: The story behind this award winning winery is a very special one. It was built on the foundation of saving kids that society did not want anymore or just plain given up on. Please visit the winery and learn about this special place on earth were kids get a second chance or the chance that no one would give them. http://wwwwz.websearch.verizon.net/search?qo=www.sanpatrigano.org&rn=LHo-Ouv4QUbLR6h
Consorzio Marchio Storico dei Lambruschi Modenesi:
The three DOC Lambrusco wines of the province of Modena are controlled by the Consortium for the Historic Mark of Modenese Lambrusco, whose emblem is the rose-window of Modena’s cathedral, chosen as a symbol of the product’s authenticity. The Consortium’s producers account for about 85% of the entire output of DOC Lambrusco in the province of Modena. To guarantee its quality, each year the Consortium for the Historic Mark of Modenese Lambrusco checks 15 million bottles of DOC Lambrusco wines, which undergo severe tests. A special technical committee performs organoleptic tests on anonymous samples drawn from producers, subsequent to their having undergone a range of chemical analyses. The evaluation is carried out using a points system which indicates whether or not the wine is of a standard to bear the Consortium’s label or mark of approval. As well as overseeing quality control, the Consortium for the Historic Mark of Modenese Lambrusco also supervises the promotion of the product.
Via Schedoni, 41
Tel.059235005 Fax. 059221832
Via Vittorio Emanuele II 62-64
50134 Firenze FI
Tel +39 055 462801 Fax: +39 055 4629039
The commune of Florence: www.comune.firenze.it
The Chianti Classico Consortium: The Chianti Classico Consortium was the first of Italy’s grape-grower/winemaker consortiums and was established on May 14, 1924, when a group of 33 producers gathered in Radda in Chianti to create a consortium to protect Chianti wine and its trademark of origin. It was necessary to set up an organization to prevent imitations and simultaneously promote a wine territory already delimited in 1716 by an edict issued by Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III. Members of the newly founded consortium immediately chose as a trademark the Gallo Nero (Black Rooster), historic symbol of the ancient Chianti Military League, and by the end of September 1924 the Consortium had 189 members.
50026 San Casciano val di Pesa ( Firenze)- S. Andrea in Percussina Via Scopeti 155
The Consorzio Chianti Colli Fiorentini:
Viale Belfiore,9 - 50144 Firenze
Tel. 0553245750 Fax. 0553248245
Consorzio Chianti Colli Senesi:
Tel. 0577202584 Fax. 057743186
Consorzio Chianti Rufina: “Rufina” is the smallest of the specific geographic Chianti areas, covering a survace area of 12,483 hectares. The viticulture in this zone has very ancient origins on the hills which strech towards the Apennines. The wines from the Rufina area were renowned even before the grand- ducal period in Tuscany.
Villa di Poggio Reale
Viale Duca della Vittoria,7
Tel. 055 8399944 Fax o55 8396154
Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino:
The association is made up of producers who are seeking to increase the prestige of their wine. This is a great source for finding out everything Brunello
Costa del Municipio, 1 53024 ( Siena ) Italy
Consorzio Turistico Montespertoli: The Montespertoli Tourist Consortium was established on March 3rd 1997 as cooperative association .Its purpose is to increase tourist fluxes, promote the Montespertoli area, guarantee high-quality products and services to visitors.
50025 Montespertoli (Firenze) – Via Sonnino, 19
Consorzio del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano: The Consorzio del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wine shop is situated in the rooms inside the Palazzo del Capitano where a skilful combination of original architectural features, furnishings and light highlight the wine, history and culture of Montepulciano.
Visitors to the wine shop can view the bottles on display, as well as discovering and tasting all the wines made by members of the Consortium. The Consortium is committed to making the wine shop a reference point for connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike, enabling them to taste, compare and discuss the wines with each other and with producers and experts.
53045 Montepulciano ( Siena)- Piazza Grande,7
Consorzio della denominazion San Gimignano:
The birth of the VERNACCIA di SAN GIMIGNANO Consortium bares the date of July 3rd 1972 and the signature of Notary Vannisanti Luciano. Together with notary Vannisanti was a small but willingly persistent group that firmly believed in what they were beginning. A private venture yes, but one that would interest the entire San Gimignano territory. Today, we feel the need to salute them with a sincere "THANK YOU" for their foresight. They were nine: Principe STROZZI MAJORCA GUICCIARDINI Dott. GIROLAMO, LORINI Ernesto, LUCII Libano, BARONCINI Jaures, CONCINI Concino, VAGNONI Luigi, MAROLLI FURGA GORNINI Ing. Giorgio, SALINI Alfredo and the presence of Bagnai Franco, Gassino Teresio, Lorini Pietro, Biagini Ascanio, Cecchini Angiolo, Cecconi Ferriero, Pertici Carlo, Razzi Franco, Bartolini Luciano and Borselli Romano. The foundation of the Consortium was based upon very clear objectives and these same objectives have been firmly followed through over the years. Presently the Consortium counts about eighty members. It’s management is a continual challenge; keeping in mind the traditional image of San Gimignano, the various initiatives created to introducing VERNACCIA di SAN GIMIGNANO in other areas of Italy and abroad and contributing to the betterment of the general quality of the production, not only the grapes, but the wine itself, so that it continues to bear the DOC label a recognition given to VERNACCIA di SAN GIMIGNANO by Italian law .
Via Villa della Rocca,1
53037 San Gimignano ( Siena)
Tel. O577940108 Fax. 0577942088
Via Thaon de Revel, 4
60125 Ancona AN
Tel +39 071 358991 Fax: +39 071 3589929
Le Marche is very special place. It has been called the hidden jewel of Italy and has been our home base of operation when we are in Italy for many years. The following are some great web-sites that will show off the beauty of this region and I know you will put it on your list among Italy’s special regions to visit.
Senigallia is in the province of Ancona, it is located in the center of the Italian peninsula and is breath taking and easy to reach! www.senigalliaturismo.it
The national archeologico museum of Le Marche www.archeomarche.it
Via G. Mazzini, 21
06121 Perugia, Casella postale PG
Tel +39 075 5728937 Fax: +39 075 5739386
The tourist board of Umbria: www.umbria-turismo.it
Consorzio vini di Torgiano: www.consorziotutelavinitorgiano.it
The Lungarotti Winery: Giorgio Lungarotti started his winery with the vision to produce some of the best wines coming out of Umbria. His passion for food , wine and his love for Umbria made him one of the most important figures in the Italian wine industry of his day. It was often stated that he was a true ambassador of his region and what ever endeavor he embarked on he believed in preserving the beauty of the Umbrian country side for future generations. With his Wife Maria Grazia they created a winery and a reputation of quality that lives on long after his passing. Today sisters Chiara Lungarotti and Teresa Severini oversee their family businesses, The Lungarotti Winery, Hotel Le Tre Vaselle, Agritursimo Poggio alle Vigne , The Wine museum and The Olive museum with same passion and love Giorgio had.
The Lungarotti Winery: www.thelungarotti.com/english
Agritursimo Poggio Alle Vigne: www.poggioallevigne.com
Hotel Le Tre Vaselle: www.3vaselle.it
The Wine Museum: www.lungarotti.it/museodelvino
The Olive Oil Museum: www.lungarotti.it/museoolio
The Consorzio of Montefalco: www.consorziomontefalco.it
The wine road of Sagrantino: www.stradadelsagrantino.it
Consorzio del Sagrantino:
Since 1981 Montefalco wine producers have been joined together in an Association which is responsible for coordinating the local producers and guiding them in both the constant research for quality and the promotion of the typical wines of their territory. In 2001 the Association was reformed following changes to relevant legislation.
In 2004 an important goal was achieved with the introduction of the control activity “Erga Omnes”, which gave these Associations/ Consortia new roles whereby they were assigned a plan for the control of all phases of the production process and which covered all the producers who operate within the registered denomination of origin area, including those who are not members of the Association/ Consortium.
The new Association (which currently has 213 members) represents more than 82% of the certified production of Montefalco Sagrantino and Montefalco Rosso.
The membership base has broadened through the presence of very prestigious companies, some already well known in the area - having been operational there for many years, others resulting from investment by large groups or internationally famous wine producers who have decided to invest large amounts of money in the most promising denomination of the emerging Umbria region.
The key elements of the Association’s statute are:
- protection of the viticulture in the production zone and of the Montefalco denomination wines;
- promotion of the Montefalco denomination wines;
- monitoring to ensure that wines that do not comply with the production specifications are not marketed under the Association trademark;
- surveillance to prevent abuse, fraud or irregular use of the denominations.
The Association will organize guided visits for journalists to the wineries and the territory of Montefalco, an area extremely rich in terms of its landscape, history and gastronomy, as well as from the oenological point of view.
P.zza del Comune, 6
06036 Montefalco ( Perugia)
Tel. 0742379590 Fax. 0742379590
Via XX Settembre, 26
00187 Roma RM
Tel +39 06 421381 Fax: +39 06 42138211
Beautiful parks to visit in Lazio: www.parcoappiaantica.it
The wine roads of Lazio: www.stradavinicastelli.it
The Rome tourist board: www.aptprovroma.it
The web-site for Opera lovers: www.opera.roma.it
Getting around by bus in Rome: www.trambus.com
The web-site of woman in music: www.donninmusic.com
Live web views of Rome: www.capitalium.org
Music and Theatre of Rome: www.auditorium.com
Consorzio Tutela Denominazione Frascati:
The Consortium, started in may 1949 with the notary Mario D’Orazi’s deed, with 18 producers, it was called "Consortium for the defence of fine and typical wines of Frascati". In later years it was modified in "Consortium in warranty of Frascati trade name".
It’s been one of the first associations to receive the task of controlling the trade name.
The brand of the Consortium is an eagle with open wings and her claws hold a sign on which is written TVSCVLUM, placed on a shell with spirals and crowned with a noble crown which contains elements of the coat of arms of the town of Frascati (crossed keys), Grottaferrata (wrought iron gate), and Monte Porzio Catone (pine tree with crossed screws).
From the 18 producers that set up the partnership now the Consortium has more than 600 associated producers which represent more than the 40% of the Frascati wine production.
L.go Donatori di Sangue
00044 Frascati ( Roma)
Tel. 00390694015212 Fax. 00390694010076
Via le Bovio, 425
Tel +390857671 Fax: +39 082067
The Mountain chain of Abruzzo: www.abruzzoeappennino.com
Culture of Abruzzo: www.culturabruzzo.it
Federation of Italian Baseball: www.fibsabruzzo.it
Regioal parks of Abruzzo: www.parcoabruzzo.it
Piazza della Vittoria, 14
86100 Campobasso CB
Tel +39 0874 415662 Fax: +39 0874 415370
Piazza dei Martiri, 58
80121 Napoli NA
Tel +39 081 405311 Fax: +39 081 401961
Corso Sonnino 177
70121 Bari BA
Tel +39 080 540111 Fax: +39 080 5404860
Via del Gallitello, 89
85100 Potenza PZ
Tel +39 0971 507622 Fax: +39 0971 507601
Via Spasari Francesco, 3
88100 Catanzaro CZ
Tel +39 0961 743961 Fax: +39 0961 727973
Piazza Castelnuovo, 34
90141 Palermo PA
Tel +39 091 6058351 Fax: +39 091 6058366
Viale Trieste, 105
09123 Cagliari CA
Tel +39 070 6067005 Fax: +39 070 6067255, +39 070 6067599
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