Category Archives: WINE TOURISM

Fattoria San Francesco’s Wines win five gold medals #wine #Italy

On March 2015, the 54th National Competition of Wines DOCG-DOC-IGT organized by Mostra Nazzionale Vini-Pramaggiore took place in Pramaggiore (Venezia) as it does every year.

The wine competition where each comittee is made up to five oenologists who are selected by the Italian Association of Oenologists, awarded this year with five gold medals to Fattoria San francesco’s wines.

The primary condition to obtain a gold medal in this competition consists on the achievement of a minimun score of 80/100 points, and this year, San Francesco’s wines met this goal with the following wines mentioned:


-Cirò D.O.C. Rosso Classico “San Francesco” 2013

-Cirò D.O.C. Rosato “San Francesco” 2014

-Cirò D.O.C. Bianco “San Francesco” 2014

-Calabria I.G.T. Bianco “Settemari” 2014

-Calabria I.G.T. Rosato “Donna Rosa” 2014


Patricia Fernández Ruiz.

Decanter World Wine Awards #wine #awards #Bordeaux


Last Sunday, on 14th June, the results of the Decanter World Wine Awards 2015, that is the world’s largest and most influential wine competition were published.

A list of 15,929 wines had been judged by the top wine experts from around the globe, where there were 35 international trophies, that it is the highest accolade a wine can achieve at the DWWA.

Among them there were 19 white wines, 14 red wines and 2 pink wines and at the same time eight of them come from France, six from Australia, five from South Africa and four from Spain.

Moreover, the international trophy for Red Bordeaux varietals was given to the Spanish Miguel Torres, for its Reserva Real 2010 (Penedes, Catalonia). This wine, created in the 1990s is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes and it is a further example of Spain’s growing reputation for quality.


Patricia Fernández Ruiz.




Why Mendoza is the most important wine region of Argentina? #Mendoza #wines #Argentina #GreatWineCapitals


The availability of pure meltwater from The Andes, the structure of arid soils and the abundance of sunshine are some of the natural competitive advantages that this region enjoys.

All of them, together with new infrastructures and new technologies investment had allowed Mendoza enhancing competitiveness and its wine’s diversity.

Mendoza, the most important wine region of Argentina covers around the 80% of the country’s wine production. Due to its brilliant characteristics, the result is the obtention of excellent wines and it is for this reason that it has been selected as one of the Great Wine Capitals.


Patricia Fernández Ruiz.

Uruguayan wines exceed expectations in Expo Milan 2015 #wine #Uruguay #expo #Milan


Until now, the success of Uruguayan wines on the pavilion of Expo Milan 2015, goes much further than the expectations thought. This result could opens eyes to new possibilities of increasing exports.

The international megaexposition that started on May 1, shows the country with a board and careful selection of wines to be offered to its clientele.

The participant wineries are Juanicó, Carrau, De Lucca, Garzón, Estancia La Cruz and Grupo Traversa and they were selected by the National Wine Institute of Uruguay.

From the very beginning, the public assistance estimated was around 250 and 300 every day, but during the first fifteen days it achieved 400 diners daily.

The economic effort needed for the participation in this international event has been evaluated and an important boost is expected to increase the volume of exports, mainly on those wines with a preferential quality.

Patricia Fernández Ruiz


The spanish wineries, the thirds best in the world #wineries #spain

Agroinformacion.com06042013_81703In modern wine history, Spain has often lagged behind France and Italy, but nowadays, spanish wine is in a growing moment. From the dry white wine of Rias Baixas to the red wine of Priorat, Spain leaves a great taste in our mouths.

Among the best wineries of Spain are Penedès, with Bodegas Miguel  Torres (Spanish wine export  leader and  Spanish domestic market supplier leader) and Jean Leon (Catalonia);  Priorat, with Clos Erasmus, Clos Mogador, Costers de Siurana, Mas Martinet and Principales bodegas y vinos del Priorat, (Catalonia); Ribera del Duero, with Tinto pesquera, Dominio de Pingus and Vega Sicilia, (Castile and Leon) and finally, Rioja, with Marqués de Riscal (The oldest and most traditional winery of La Rioja).

Furthermore, among the top wine producers of Spain are Álvaro Palacios, one of the most prestigious in the Priorat region and one of the most succesful winemakers of the moment. With René Barbier and Carles Pastrana, he has revolutionized the Spanish wine in the recent decades. Álvaro Palacios makes some of the most important wines of Spain, where we can find brands marketed as L’Ermita, Finca Dofí and Les Terrases.

It is also important to mention the Danish producer Peter Sisseck with his highest level wine, the Pingus, which is the most expensive wine of the country, but also Flor de Pingus is one of the best Spanish wines. He also has other wines known as Psi and Clos d’Agon.

Patricia Fernández Ruiz.






The City of Pully want to unit its activities in Rochettaz #Switzerland #Pully #wine


The city of Pully (Switzerland) has proposed a project that has the aim to unit the viti-vinicultural activities at one unique site, in Rochettaz (the second wine-growing place is Prevet), with the aim to free the land and galvanize the center of the city.

This reorganization should cost around 2,7 million of Swiss Francs, prompting reactions from the residents and the elected members.

Pully is a Swiss piece of  land, located in the Vaud Canton, near the city Lausanne and just in front of the Lake Leman. The cultivated area is 3.5 ha and the wines cultivated there have an AOC Pully (Appelation d’Origine Contrôlée). Traditionally, the grape varieties grown there are Chasselas, Chardonnay, Sylvaner and Sauvignon for white wine, and Pinot Noir, Gamaret, Gamay, Diolinoir and Garanoir for the red ones.


Summer is in full swing in Italy, and as a result of Alajmo kitchen pantries are packed with ripe and colorful ingredients.


In celebration of all the earthly delights that continue to arrive at Alajmo doorstep, Max has created new menus for all six of the Alajmo family restaurants and bistros.

At Le Calandre, start your meal with a cold melon soup with lobster crudo and green celery sorbet, followed by olive oil-based risotto with fresh watermelon, mullet bottarga, Tropea onions, bergamot and pistachio.

Next door at Il Calandrino, you will find eggplant ravioli served with a mix of Mediterranean delicacies, like datterini tomatoes, basil pesto, black olives and anchovies. And be sure to save room for a pistachio semifreddo with peach sauce and raspberry puree.

Across town at La Montecchia, the summer menu features mouth-watering dishes like beef carpaccio with hemp seed sauce, lime and chili pepper and bigoli with squab and mushroom sauce.

For a causal lunch on-the-go or a relaxing dinner al fresco, head to abc Montecchia where you will find a wide selection of pizzas and bruschette, as well as Italian summertime classics like eggplant parmesan and vitello tonnato (veal in tuna sauce).

If you find yourself in Venice don’t miss Ristorante Quadri this summer.  Treat yourself to an extra virgin vegetable garden made with sun-soaked summer produce, followed by Venetian-style fried fish with Quadri sauce. And for dessert, choose between Per-Bellini, peach and prosecco sorbet with apple and peach meringue, or gin tonic fruit salad with pineapple mousse.

And for a quick lunch or dinner, stop by abc Quadri for acold tomato soup with crispy vegetables or club sandwichwith light curry mayonnaise.



In Brazil, Italians have been able to be known not only for their contribution to the development of one of the most promising emerging markets in the global economic landscape but also in the territory entrench the culture of knowing how to make good wine.

Bento goncalvesEverything began in 1875 when Italian immigrants settle in the south of Brazil for the first importing a new philosophy in the cultivation of the vineVitis vinifera with the adoption of new cultivation techniques with traditional row and pergola or pylons.

In fact, prior to their arrival there was only a variety of American vines and the wine produced was limited to the typical “Suave” wine with a sweet tatse and a lack of  structure. In short, a true cultivation that it focused on the quality did not exist also because protectionism persisted for years. It prohibited the importation of wine from other countries and then to establish a  competitive benchmark in terms of quality. A good taste was almost unthinkable.

Settlement in Rio Grande do Sul

Italians settled in the state of Rio Grande do Sul and they  were able to make of  winemaking  a successfulwine entrepreneurial activity. These italians are mostly natives of the Northeast as the Venetians families like the Miolo, the Carraro with the brand “Lidio Carraro“, or the Boscato and the winemakers Casa Valduga originating from Rovereto in Trentino.

The Miolos originating fro;  Piombino Dese in the province of Treviso, arrived on Brazilian soil at the end of the nineteenth century and by the will of the patriarch Giovanni, they  decided to purchase immediately a small plot in the city of Bento Goncalves, soon becoming the wine capital of Brazil.

Today, the  Miolo Wine Group with 40% of the market for quality wines in Brazil and 15% of production of sparkling and demi-sec sparkling wine is considered as the first winery in the country. The company that makes of internationalisation a key to its revival, produces 12 million liters of wine for about a thousand acres scattered throughout Brazil and also in the famous Vale do Sao Francisco at Bahia, the only place in the world where you can get 2 crops per year.

With the start of the first imports from Argentina, Chile, France before  the 70s and then finally in the 90s the few Brazilian producers to remain in the market had to review the methods of production focusing on quality and starting to grow international varieties , Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, Chardonnay, Riesling Italico, Pinot Noir and many others.

The first quality wines produced in Brazil are derived mostly from Merlot and in Brazil has all its features. A harmony of aromas and flavors that we unexpect: black cherry, currant, cedar, mint green olives but also tobacco, tea leaves short, elegance and style are not lacking.

 Henry BORZI



BRUSSELS-ProChile, the commercial organisation of the Embassy of Chile organised a great wine tasting at the Thon Hotel Stephanie to promote the wines from Chile.


PROCHILE gathered recently lots of winemerchants to produce a  great event displaying lots of chilan wines. ue to the distance between Belgium and Chile, more winemerchants than producers were there and grape sorts like cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, syrah and carmenere enjoyed lots of visitors: professional visitors from the belgian wine sector and also Chili lovers. Previous to the tasting a funny cocktail presented the best aspects of the chilean culture and dancers from the Andes mountains played music and danced. A lovely evening too…



Château Castigno from  Assignans in the Aude(France)  organized around Brussels a great event for their customers and friends in Belgium. Mr. & Mrs. Verstraete and their daughter, An-Sophie have invited their clients to a superb winemakers’meal  preceded by a great tasting and explanation of their wines.

Their range of wines made from grape varieties typical of southern France (Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, Grenache, Syrah, Clairette …) is very extensive, ranging from sparkling wine to sweet wine.

We particularly liked:

* Grâce des  Anges, White, 2011. The nose exhales a very strong strong flavour. Its mouth is powerful and bold notes give this wine an unusual strength

* Grâce des Anges rose, 2011. A highly developed nose of white peach. On the palate, a good acidity gives this pleasant rosé structure and a nice attack. The persistence of this wine is exceptional.

* Merlot. This is the only single-varietal wine of Chateau Castigno. Its nose is very beautiful. It has all the characteristics of a good merlot from Bordeaux with the southern side of Languedoc wines. A lovely wine!

* Secret des dieux. A red wine made from syrah / carignan / grenache / mourvedre. This wine is typical of the powerful sun of Languedoc. Very expressive nose and hints of garrigue, spices and dried black olives. What a powerful wine& .

All the wines of Chateau Castigno are remarkable and we have liked all of them … The family Verstraete took this opportunity to present its rehabilitation plan for the wonderful village of Assignans. A small forgotten village which will now be revitalized through the purchase of village houses which  have been transformed into luxury holiday cottages for friends and the olvers of the wines of Chateau Castigno. This beautiful project involved an entire region and funds from the Languedoc-Roussillon region have helped the family to extend the dream of making wine to a beautiful resort of wine tourism ! We had a tremendously nice  day and their  public-relations event  was impeccable. Bravo to family Verstraete. !

video: henry BORZI, Editor in chief VINEYARDS PAPER

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