Monthly Archives: April 2012














On Monday, April 23th, great Chablis winegrowers were represented in Brussels by officials of  Interprofessional Bureau for Burgundy Wines.

Officials of the appellation Chablis wanted to present their best by offering guests hand-picked (journalists, Belgian producers, importers, guilds wine, wine writers) escellents ofChablis, Petit Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru and Chablis Grand Cru, together with artworksand fatness.

Artists had submitted works of art related to Chablis and prizes were awarded to threelaureates.

Regarding the food, participants were delighted to taste the Chablis in connection with superb dishes, hot and cold,  that illustrated the caracteristics of Chablis wines, often minerals, fine and chiseled to adapt to different dishes. Participants loved St.Jacques walnuts, pata negra, smoked salmon, risotto of wild mushrooms.

A wonderful event…

Officials of the appellation Chablis had the intelligence to organize a demonstration to promote successful trèsn who carried the flag for vignobe Chablis.



The wines of Provence are known for their attractive pink wine. Their whites and reds are also very high qualitative. The fame of the wines of Provence makes them take the path of export.

Poland, too, is interested in the wines of Provence. Recently, a large delegation of Polish importers and buyers visited Provence to taste the wines of Provence and choose to import into these important central-european country. The CIVP helped them select wines that will appeal undoubtedly to the  taste of Poles who also love summer wines. Indeed,  this continental country can sometimes be very hot during the summer.


From Denmark to Japan and Russia, the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore confronts the world at “Vino in Villa”, the classic Prosecco’s rendez-vous , from 19 to  21 May 2012 at San Salvatore’s Castle -close to Treviso- in Italy.









From Denmark to Japan to Russia, the kitchens of the world meet in the hills of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore to marry a wine that has become an international success.

At Vino in Villa, an event scheduled from May 19 to 21 at San Salvatore Castle’s in Susegana (TV), visitors can taste the new vintage of Treviso bubbles in combination with Japanese cuisine, sushi and sashimi, prepared by  Sosushi. The Russian presence will ben ensured by Skaski, which selects Russian products like smoked salmon, red salmon caviar and pirozhki. Special guest will be the Danish cuisine, thanks to collaboration with the Tourist representation  VisitDenmark, who will fly to Italy with  chef Klaus Styrbæk of the restaurant Kvægtorvet Odense (Fiona), for a five star dinner for the press.
The presence of the cuisines of the world will be coordinated by “gastrotourist” journalist  Vittorio Castellani better known  as Chef Kumalè, expert of world food in Italy.
As usual there will be the “Menu of Conegliano Valdobbiadene”. Also this year, in fact, chefs of restaurant of Treviso will propose one or more specialities that blend perfectly with fruity sparkling wine bubbles, the  most loved ProseccoSuperiore, from appetizer to the dessert.



Brazil is an unknown wine country with its wine region on the borders with Argentina. It will become one of the most exciting wine countries in the world.

This city in the heart of Brazil’s wine country is Brazil’s wine capital. Bento Goncalves is a quiet city. In this city, they make furniture

Wine regions have much in common with each other. There are ‘poster signs’ in the form of a bunch of grapes indicating the wine routes, as well as those listing the names of wineries with arrows pointing to their direction. Large area maps featuring specific winery locations are also common and tastefully presented.

Here people breathe, eat, sleep and live wine. On any given day it is hard not to come across locals visiting their wineries. The many restaurants also feature local wines, displaying the signs of some of the 30 or more wineries whose wine they patronize.

Most of the Vale dos Vinhedos belongs to Bento Goncalves. However, two other cities, Garibaldi and Monte Belo do Sul, also lay claim to part of it. The Vale dos Vinhedos is currently the only approved ‘Wine Appellation’ in Brazil, however one more, Pinto Bandeira, is also hoping to have this ‘quality assurance and regulation’ as part of its makeup.

The wines of this area range from jug wines made from Niagara, Isabella and other Labrusca grapes such as those that can be purchased from an excellent winery called Strapazzon, to the very fine vinifera wines of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Muscat, Alicante Bouchet, Touriga Nacional and many more.

If there is one grape that grows best so far in this area, first prize would have to be given to the Merlot. As Malbec grows well in Argentina and Cabernet Sauvignon seems to be the grape of Chile, Merlot is establishing itself as the prime grape of this region.

The wine produced by many of the wineries seems to have a particular old world freshness and leanness. It offers strength without sacrificing elegance and offers fruit that melds with other nuances of spice, chocolate, cassis and flowers. Most winemakers describe their Merlot as being the child of both new and old worlds. The wineries range in size from the large Miolo to the smaller Pizzato and Lidio Carrero. They share two traits however — passion and excellence.

Like other wine areas, Bento Goncalves offers other products besides wine. There is, of course, the majestic scenery as well as food products such as cheese (sheep cheese is amazing), beef, pork, poultry, clothing and vegetables. There are also some superb hotels such as the Five Star Marriott Hotel and Spa Do Vinho and the Villa Michelon.

It is very apparent that this region will soon have a place amongst the great wine regions of the world.


From 2009 to today, Bisol have recorded an extraordinary increase in exports towards the BRIC countries: in Brazil, Russia, India and China, sales of Prosecco have in fact grown by 650%.

Bisol products, which ended the year 2011 with a turnover of 13 million Euro, equally distributed between Italy, Europe and the rest of the world and being exported to 56 countries, are distributed exclusively through the HoReCa channel and occupy a highly specialised corner of the market: “2012 is off to a great start with the first three months confirming the growth trend: connoisseurs who taste a glass of Bisol are in search of a certain type of quality and culture that reflects its home territory” comments Gianluca Bisol, general manager and member of the time-honoured Cartizze family.


Brazil, with growth figures of more than 300% in 3 years, makes up 20% of exports towards the BRIC area. As the export manager Roberto Actis explains, “Italian wine in Brazil costs 300% more than the equivalent in the USA and the high taxation levels for exporting wine from Italy must also be taken into account”. Cru Cartizze Bisol is served in the elegant Mr Lam restaurant in Rio de Janeiro which is owned by Elike Batista one of the ten richest men in the world. In San Paolo noSO2 can be tasted at Mani, famous for its “natural cuisine”, graced by the renowned chef Helena Rizzo and voted by the British publication ‘Restaurant Magazine’ amongst the top 100 restaurants in the world.

Italian wine in China is still something of a niche product but Prosecco is already becoming appreciated in the metropolises and above all in luxurious establishments. China, with growth figures of 130% in 3 years,  makes up 25% of Bisol exports towards the BRIC area. In Peking, Bisol wines are served in top quality restaurants such as LM Plus and Fairmont.

For Bisol Russia takes up more than 65% of the increase and more than 55% of exports towards the Bric countries. “Russia is a historically interesting market for sparkling wines from everywhere in the world. Today, in Russia, Italian sparkling wines occupy first place for the consumption of foreign sparkling wines. Obviously, Prosecco is one of the most sought after wines in the bubbles market” explains Christina Arutyunova, Business Development Director East Countries. Bisol, Jeio and BelStar can be found in the best establishments from Moscow to Siberia. “Moscow is certainly the largest and most competitive market. Thanks to the collaboration with MBGroup, one of the most influential import companies, Bisol wines are currently being served in the Sindikat chain, one of the largest and richest in Russia, in the restaurants of the BOSCO group, including the luxury GUM store in Red Square, in the Novikov chain, BOLSHOY restaurant and MACHO GRILL and in important hotels such as Swissotel and Marriott Grand Hotel”. For class events Russian Vip clients choose Bisol wines selecting them for example to accompany cultural, political and finance meetings such as “Forum Russia”, the most important appointment in the world of Russian finance.

“Prosecco Bisol – so chic and easy – has once again confirmed itself as a Lifestyle Symbol of international success” comments Gianluca Bisol “it is well liked in all corners of the market and thanks to its delicacy and its subtle bouquet it pairs perfectly with Asian and exotic cuisine: it is also so versatile that it is chosen as the ideal drink for toasting at any moment during the day and it accompanies all dishes from the aperitif to dessert”.


Karl Lagerfeld special guest at  the hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo called to reinterpret the outdoor inspiring to the epical travel of Ulysse.

The famous fashion designer was invited by the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo to reinterpret its outdoor spaces including the pool, terrace, gardens as well as his restaurant.

The Hotel Métropole, located near the Provence wine valley, Monte-Carlo named “Best Hotel in the World 2010″ opened in 2004,  has been decorated by the interior designer Jacques Garcia  who created a “palace of the 21st century”, a contemporary and stylish hotel combines glorious past and a fresh Mediterranean.

The new true work of art created by Karl Lagerfeld for the hotel includes an impressive glass screen illustrating the voyage of Ulysse, will be part of the new place. This photographic mural composed of 15 panels was designed and built by Karl Lagerfeld exclusively for the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo.

The guests can now discover the new universe decoration designed by Karl Lagerfeld, and a new universe flavor signed by Joel Robuchon, a two Michelin stars chef, who then added a third restaurant to his name in the hotel. A dream tandem to this palace, real symbol of luxury and elegance of the 21st century.

The hotel also proposes his “Lobby Bar” to local and  International customers, the most sparkling place of the Principality and the restaurant of the new pool –which will be opened soon-, haven of peace in the heart of the Golden Square.

The Metropole ESPA Monte-Carlo, joined shortly after its opening in 2006 the very closed circle of ”Leading Spas of the World” and offers a range of treatments combining modern and ancient therapies from around the world for the greater well-being of the face and body. The impressive large architectural project signed by Karl Lagerfeld will be launched in summer 2012.


CEJA and MEP Milan Zver hosted a roundtable event in the European Parliament this thursday april 12th 2012 entitled “Sowing the Seeds to Harvest in Future: Supporting Young People into Farming” on the subject of generational renewal in European agriculture and young farmers measures in the CAP reform. Bringing together representatives from all three EU institutions, including a video message from Farm Commissioner Dacian Cioloş, interventions from MEPs Dess and Dantin, and Jesper W. Pedersen, Chairman of the SCA, there was broad consensus on the issue of the lack of generational renewal in European agriculture and the need for substantial measures to be taken to change this.

Attended by over 150 people, including MEPs, agri-attaches, journalists and young farmers from across Europe, the roundtable was hailed a success by co-organiser MEP Milan Zver, who said of the event: “Our objective was reached. We wanted to make sure more people knew about the lack of young people in the sector and that there are solutions to remedy this problem. That is what we achieved. The CAP reform is now in the Parliament’s hands, and it is up to us to make sure that the measures included on young farmers in the Commission’s proposals are secured and improved.”

Followed by a press conference, this event attracted significant attention from agri-representatives across the sector, and President of CEJA, Joris Baecke, used this opportunity to urge all three institutions to prioritise generational renewal in the CAP reform. Mr Baecke, speaking directly to the institutions, stated that “The future of agriculture is in your hands. We cannot wait another five years for these crucial measures, or there won’t be any European farmers left for the CAP to cover. We have highlighted the importance of the problem and proposed the appropriate solution: you must now ensure that this reform opportunity is not missed, so as to secure a competitive, productive and sustainable future for European agriculture.”