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Summer trend 2021: holidays in the countryside_Refined hospitality among the vineyards of Franciacorta, at the Wine Resort Corte Lantieri di Capriolo

Summer trend 2021: holidays in the countryside_Refined hospitality among the vineyards of Franciacorta, at the Wine Resort Corte Lantieri di Capriolo

Summer 2021: longing for the countryside and isolated places, in nature and tranquility.

Immersed in the vineyards of a large estate from which the prized Franciacorta wines of the historic Cantina Lantieri come from (among the best known in the area), at the foot of the characteristic historic center of the medieval village of Capriolo , the Wine Resort is located in one of the landscaped corners most suggestive and uncontaminated of Franciacorta. An ideal place for a restorative stay away from the crowds in total safety , with very large spaces available where you can enjoy your time in total relaxation. Seven rooms in the ancient palace Obtained from the careful renovation of the ancient noble palace of the Lantieri de Paratico family, Corte Lantieri is a well-kept retreat for a few, as it has only 7 large rooms overlooking the hills and therefore can guarantee its guests maximum privacy. All around, large terraces , flower gardens , a beautiful swimming pool with solarium overlooking the vineyards, paths for walking and cycling, secluded sites where you can enjoy relaxation, green corners to practice yoga undisturbed and exercise en plein air. Riding the bicycles available to guests can be reached villages, abbeys, naturalistic areas of Franciacorta; on foot you walk along the dense network of paths that from Capriolo go through vineyards and woods. In a quarter of an hour by car you can reach the beaches of Lake Iseo or Brescia , with its art and history treasures. Refined local cuisine In the restaurant - also open to those who do not stay in the Wine Resort - the dishes of Chef Paolo Zanardi interpret the seasons and tell with personality the gastronomic tradition of Franciacorta and the lake of the nearby Lake Iseo. Among the classics, the Risotto al Franciacorta Millesimato creamed with Robiola two milks , the Casoncelli della Corte with bubbly butter and sage , the pasta with lake fish , the Beef of the Rovato tradition with extra virgin olive oil (dish-symbol of the territory) . To compose the dishes, seasonal vegetables and fruits (many of which come from the vegetable garden located among the company's vineyards) and local products, widely valued also in the appetizers, which give space to typical products such as the Sebino dried sardine with toasted polenta, but also with local cured meats such as Ret (De.Co. salami from Capriolo) and Montisola salami, and traditional cheeses such as Silter Camuno and Selvino di Grotta, served with delicious local jams and honeys. On the summer menu , where vegetables and aromas from the garden have a prominent place, among the first Spaghetti di Gragnano alla carbonara di Lago, Potato gnocchi with broad bean pesto and smoked trout, Fusillone with seasonal vegetables, crispy bacon and pecorino. Among the second courses Veal fillet with pink point, asparagus and mashed potato with Sebino oil, Bone-in and stuffed rabbit leg in the oven with Brescia polenta, Lake fish fillet with dried tomatoes and black olives. Tarts, parfaits, spoon desserts end the meal on a sweet note. Each dish, presented with care and refinement, is accompanied by the prized Franciacorta wines from Cantina Lantieri. Organic vineyards and tastings in the cellar All to visit the cellars of the estate, where guided tastings are also organized: in the oldest part, which dates back to the eighteenth century, the bottles rest on tall stacks in the dim light, while in the modern one the various stages of vinification take place according to the most advanced technologies. Visiting them, you will discover how the precious Franciacortas are born, produced from grapes harvested by hand in the 20 hectares of vineyards ( cultivated in organic form) owned by the company, which extend partly around the cellar and partly on the slopes of Monte Alto. Wines that stand out for their freshness and minerality and express the aromas and pulpiness of the fruit in its entirety. To best represent them is Franciacorta Cuvée Brut NV Lantieri , which won the title of World Champion in the Classic Brut Non-Vintage Blend category at The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championship 2019 (CSWWC), the prestigious competition conceived by Tom Stevenson, maximum world expert in Champagne and Sparkling wines.

The vineyard? Natural

The vineyard? Natural "antidote" against Covid stress! Open Vigneti, the new initiative of the Movimento Turismo del Vino FVG

First appointment with Vigneti Aperti in Friuli Venezia Giulia, scheduled for Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 May.

In fact, nature, with its cycles and seasonality, has always remained an indisputable fixed point, transmitting a sense of security to all of us in this complicated pandemic period. Precisely for this reason Vigneti Aperti was born, the new initiative organized by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Wine Tourism Movement that allows you to breathe pure air, learn about the different vegetative phases of the vine and discover how wine is born in the vineyard , thanks to the wine tourism experiences organized by the associated wineries. Starting from Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd May , and until November, a rich calendar of events awaits you between visits to the vineyards and / or cellar, aperitifs in the vineyard, sensory workshops, picnics, dinners with the winemaker, music in the vineyard and many other curiosities. Each meeting will take place in full compliance with the health and hygiene regulations provided (obligation to wear a mask even outdoors, personal distancing, etc.) and will take place outdoors. A valid and original tourist proposal to discover or rediscover our evocative landscapes, the places of excellence of wine , remembering that the entire production process takes shape from the earth: pruning, binding, leaf removal and harvesting are all essential elements for the birth and maturation of our oenological excellence. The initiative is designed as a pleasant and relaxing opportunity to meet in the open air, suitable for tourists, enthusiasts and families (children and teenagers can learn by coming directly into contact with nature): after listening to the stories of the vineyard and getting to know the different stages of vineyard processing, adults can delight in a pleasant tasting of the company's wines accompanied by typical local products. All wine tourism friends who want to be informed about the news of the event and the participating companies during the various weekends can find all the information on the website www.cantineaperte.info and on the social media of the Facebook association MtvFVG and Instagram mtv_friulivg .

VINEYARDS AND WINES GOOD 2020 IN VENETO BUT THE CRISIS FOR COVID-19 IS WORRIED

VINEYARDS AND WINES GOOD 2020 IN VENETO BUT THE CRISIS FOR COVID-19 IS WORRIED

Friday 11 December (11:00) c / o the Hangar of Pian Cansiglio (BL-TV), the extraordinary Commissioner of the regional agency meets the press to illustrate the agenda of the projects for the historic "Bosco da Reme".

Waiting to know the final analytical data, which will be presented by Veneto Agriculture, the Region and Avepa on December 23 (10:30 on the ZOOM platform; registration on: https: //trittico3_2020.eventbrite.i t ) on the occasion of the third focus of the Vitivinicolo Triptych , the experts of the Regional Agency anticipate in a new Report (https://bit.ly/3gaX2VX) the data regarding the prices of grapes and those of overall production , which as regards grapes have reached 13.8 million quintals (5.1% compared to 2019), of good quality, so as to allow the production of excellent wines, in some cases even excellent, for which a volume of 10.9 million hectoliters is estimated ( 5.6%), in contrast to the national figure which stopped at 46.6 million hectoliters overall (-2% compared to 2019). The average producer price of grapes for the entire Veneto region was 0.58 euros / kg, in line with the Veronese one (0.57 euros / kg), while in Padua the price stopped at 0.46 euros. / kg. Treviso continues to hold the regional leadership in terms of average grape prices with a purchase value of 0.71 euro / kg. The DOC and DOCG grapes have mostly maintained the variations with a positive sign, while for the IGT ones the minus sign prevailed. On the other hand, worrying signals are coming from the wine market, whose global context is "flooded" by the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis that started from the first lockdown has in fact slowed down domestic sales but also international ones. Consequently, in the cellars there are considerable quantities of unsold product of 2019 in stock, which "fortunately" does not have to deal with the wines of the 2020 harvest, as mentioned not excessively abundant. Even the exponential growth of Veneto (and Italian) wine exports , to which we have been accustomed for many years, is paying the consequences of this prolonged period of severe restrictions. Consider that in the first six months of this year there was, after a long time, a drop of -3.6% in sales abroad. The new DPCM "Christmas" will certainly not help to rectify the situation. The issue of Veneto wine exports will also be addressed during the focus on 23 December.

With the applications of robotics, the future in vineyards will be easier and safer

With the applications of robotics, the future in vineyards will be easier and safer

Confagricoltura Piemonte

Confagricoltura Piemonte is following with interest and collaborating with the University of Turin in the realization of the Horizon BACCHUS Project - Mobile Robotic Platforms for Active Inspection and Harvesting in Vineyard Areas . In an online meeting that took place on Wednesday 11 November, a qualified group of producers and winemakers from Confagricoltura Piemonte discussed, under the guidance of professors Remigio Berruto and Mario Tamagnone del Disafa - Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences of the University of Turin , on the prospects for the incorporation of robotics in grape production, which could potentially significantly improve the working conditions of entrepreneurs and agricultural workers; intelligent systems, in fact, are becoming the solution to direct production towards precision agriculture. " The georeferencing of the vineyards - declares Ercole Zuccaro, director of Confagricoltura Piemonte - with the possibility of carrying out agrometeorological and also visual inspections on the health status of the crops and intelligent and therefore not only mechanized, automated and selective harvesting, in particular, can already, in some respects, to provide a significant improvement to the harvested product ". The project aims to improve the performance of robots to contain the spread of diseases with fewer treatments, control the development of fungi with UV rays on the row (in collaboration with the Norwegian company Sagarobotics), mechanically control the weeds on the row , thin out the moldy bunches, select and thin out the bunches during the harvest, taking only the product with a certain degree of ripeness and health. " However, to achieve this type of automation, significant progress is needed in the cognitive and mechatronic capabilities of robots. The BACCHUS intelligent mobile robotic system - explains Professor Remigio Berruto of the University of Turin - also sets itself the goal of reproduce the harvesting operations by hand, operating autonomously in four different levels: perform robotic navigation with guaranteed quality of performance in order to inspect the crops and collect data from the agricultural area through a ripening analysis system; perform bi-manual harvesting with the necessary "finesse", using a modular robotic platform; adapting the robot gripper to the geometry of the different crops; presenting advanced cognitive and decision - making abilities ". The envisaged system will be demonstrated and evaluated in the vineyard environment by inspecting different types of vines and harvesting grapes of different varieties. Confagricoltura is working with the University of Turin to present and evaluate the application in Piedmont, as early as next year.

WOMEN OF WINE INVITE CAMPERISTS TO SLEEP A NIGHT AMONG THE VINEYARDS AT THE HARVEST

WOMEN OF WINE INVITE CAMPERISTS TO SLEEP A NIGHT AMONG THE VINEYARDS AT THE HARVEST

THE INITIATIVE LAUNCHED WITH THE ITALIAN TOURING CLUB CONTINUES IN THE AUTUMN: IN 57 CANTINE D'ITALIA WE OFFER STOPS AMONG THE ROWS AND DISCOUNTS ON THE WINE SHOPPING, VISITS AND TASTINGS ARE ORGANIZED FOR THOSE WHO TRAVEL IN FREEDOM.

In July, registrations of motorhomes registered a 104% compared to the same month of 2019. That of 2020 was undoubtedly the "summer of the camper", according to the APC - Association of Caravan and Camper Manufacturers which released the data in the occasion of the Salone del Camper 2020, scheduled at the Parma Fairs from 12 to 20 September 2020. Women of Wine had also bet on the camper as the safest way to restart tourism after Covid by launching the Women project at the beginning of summer del Vino Camper Friendly together with the TCI - Italian Touring Club. A proposal of eco-sustainable tourism collected by hundreds of campers who, since July, have taken advantage of the invitation to over 50 Italian companies with a female guide to sleep a night in the vineyards. Now the initiative continues also in autumn, while the harvest is in progress between the rows, from South to North. "The numbers released by the Caravan and Camper Producers Association - says Donatella Cinelli Colombini, president of the national Association Le Donne del Vino - confirm the validity of our intuition to offer female hospitality to those who understand the journey as an exciting discovery in contact with the nature, the authenticity of the territories and people. An idea that was launched by our Elena Roppa, a Friulian partner. Now the Donne del Vino renew their invitation to live a unique experience at an important time of the year for all Italian wineries: the grape harvest ». There are 57 Camper Friendly cellars of Donne del Vino that will open their doors during the harvest: the complete list is on the website www.ledonnedelvino.com, where you can consult the complete offer of ecotourism provided by each company with discounts on shopping wine and many activities, outdoor tastings, picnics and trekking in the vineyards. The initiative will also be disclosed on the Italian Touring Club website and through a newsletter to the TCI cluster reserved for lovers of itinerant tourism. The "camper boom" of summer 2020 (Yescapa data) That the camper is the protagonist of this summer 2020 holidays, is confirmed by Yescapa, the largest camper sharing platform in Europe. In a press release, he highlights how between June and August 2020 booking requests reached peaks of 150% compared to the same period of the previous year, as well as the actual bookings registered on the Yescapa.it website saw an increase of 90 % compared to 2019. Trend confirmed also in terms of new vehicle registrations on the camper sharing platform between individuals: the percentage of 150%, recorded in the first weeks of June, remains constant throughout the summer months. As for travelers, if 10% confirm themselves as loyal users of the platform, many are newbies who have decided to try the traveling trip for the first time (83%). 90% of Italians chose to spend their holidays in Italy: only 10% chose to leave in Europe, confirming the summer preference, already registered in 2019, for Portugal (8%) and Spain (2%). Foreigners have also crossed the Italian borders: Germans, Austrians and French are the confirmed presences between June and August in Italy (15%). Among the destinations that registered the highest number of visitors, Sardinia was the most sought-after destination (20%), followed by Lombardy (14%) and the Dolomites (10%). Families (46%) who choose the way to share camper between private individuals for their holidays, evaluate this option as the most useful and advantageous to save and have all the comforts of home at hand. But from the data that emerged, there was an increase in both travel as a couple (32%) and travel with friends (18%). More and more men and women between 36 and 54 (52%), young people between 26 and 35 (35%) and a slice of very young people under the age of 26 (8%) are choosing this type of experience. WHO ARE THE WOMEN OF WINE Le Donne del Vino is a non-profit association that promotes the culture of wine and the role of women in the wine production chain. Founded in 1988, it now has over 900 associates including producers, restaurateurs, winemakers, sommeliers and journalists. The Women of Wine are coordinated in delegations in all Italian regions. More info on the website and blog: www.ledonnedelvino.com

HARVEST CONSORTIUM FOR THE PROTECTION OF SICILIAN DOC WINES THE EXCELLENT QUALITY OF GRILLO AND NERO D'AVOLA GRAPES IS A TRAIL FOR ALL THE VINEYARDS OF THE ISLAND

HARVEST CONSORTIUM FOR THE PROTECTION OF SICILIAN DOC WINES THE EXCELLENT QUALITY OF GRILLO AND NERO D'AVOLA GRAPES IS A TRAIL FOR ALL THE VINEYARDS OF THE ISLAND

According to the growers of the Consorzio di Tutela Vini Doc Sicilia, the outcome of the 2020 harvest campaign is positive overall for the quality of the grapes compared to the data on the decrease in the harvest.

The forecasts for the beginning of the harvest are confirmed with a decrease in quantity, already initially estimated, which stands at an average of 15 percent compared to 2019. According to the growers of the Consorzio di Tutela Vini Doc Sicilia, the outcome of the 2020 harvest is positive and overall records a good quality of the grapes compared to the data on the decrease in the harvest. "We consider the balance of this harvest to be quite positive for several reasons. The first of all is that we have been aiming for some time to favor the quality of our wines" comments Antonio Rallo , president of the Consortium for the protection of Doc Sicilia wines. "The drop in grapes harvested, recorded on average throughout the island during the campaign which is now over, confirms that we will not have a large production in 2020. The wine that will be packaged will be of excellent quality". In fact, important signals also come from the stock data of Sicilian wine, both Igt and Doc. As of 11 September 2020, between bottled and in bulk, 18% less wine is in stock in Sicily compared to the same period in 2019: from 2,522,780 hectoliters it has gone to 2,073,240 hectoliters today. Furthermore, from 1 July to 15 September, compared to the same period last year, there was a 15 percent increase in bottles produced by the Doc Sicilia denomination. From the testimonies of the producers, here is an overview of the grape harvest in Sicily. Nicolò Vinci, councilor of the Consorzio Doc Sicilia, producer in the province of Trapani "In the face of an excellent general quality of the grapes, in the Trapani area we recorded a drop in production of 20-25 percent compared to last year. The harvest, which is almost at the end, had a peculiarity: along the coastal strip between Marsala and Mazara there was a good result linked to quantity; in the hinterland - which extends as far as Salemi, Gibellina and Castelvetrano - the reduction in yield was more evident. The greatest decrease in quantity is mainly linked to two factors. In some areas the vines were attacked by late blight due to the rains that fell in early June. Then there was a delay in the timing in which the land reclamation consortia supplied water to some countryside, thus putting the growers in difficulty. The quality of the grapes however, it is better than last year: the bunches arrived healthy in the cellars and have 1 or 2 degrees higher than those of the past harvest, which will allow to have excellent wines. The whites are all of excellent quality, from Catarratto to Grecanico to Zibibbo. And Grillo expressed the best of himself both from a qualitative and a quantitative point of view ". Lilly Fazio, vice president of Assovini, producer in the province of Trapani "On the northern side of the province of Trapani, in the territory of Mount Erice, the harvest has differentiated on the varieties with a delay in harvesting times ranging between 10 and 14 days, especially for white grapes. The cooling of temperatures and rains late spring and early summer delayed the vegetative-productive development, especially in the areas of medium and high hills. For the phyto-sanitary aspects, the grapes harvested are healthy and of good quality. In some vineyards - especially the lower and less Ventilated-, there were problems with Peronospora, but they were immediately well managed. There is a drop in production in Chardonnay and partly for Grillo grapes, substantially on average for red grapes. On wines it is still premature an in-depth evaluation, but the conditions are more than excellent, especially for the ripeness reached by the red grapes ". Mario Di Lorenzo, producer in the province of Palermo "In these days we are finishing the harvest of the red grapes with a fairly regular harvest, with healthy and perfectly intact grapes. Perhaps the best harvest of the last five years. The companies in the Monreale area have slightly anticipated the harvest times at the end of July. with the spumante bases, especially Chardonnay, the first grape to be harvested. Then we continued with the Grillo grapes, where there was a small increase in production compared to 2019. Catarratto also did well. They will be whites with great aromas and good acidity. During the pre-ripening phase, on consecutive hot days, in some cases emergency irrigation was carried out. The average yield per hectare seems to be in line with the average production standards, between 70 and 90 quintals for hectare. The harvest will close towards the end of September with the harvest of the later grapes of Perricone for the natives and of Cabernet for the international ones ". Alessio Planeta, member of the board of directors of Doc Sicilia "The quality of the grapes this year has an extra gear. I had not recorded a harvest with such good results for at least ten years. The weather conditions were fantastic: it was a summer that was not too hot and the recent rains helped the Late varieties. In the Mamertino area the harvest ended on Friday with the Nocera harvest. In Menfi we are finishing the harvest of late grapes such as Grecanico and Cabernet. The general decrease in quantity is in line with the current moment in which prudence is recorded in wine consumption, and this allows us to see the glass ... half full. Nero d'Avola and Grillo, especially in western Sicily, have an extraordinary quality, with great concentration and freshness of the grapes. " Chiantia Salvatore, member of the board of directors of Doc Sicilia, producer in the province of Caltanissetta "The Nero d'Avola that we are completing to harvest in these days has an excellent quality, I would say better than last year. From a quantitative point of view, we recorded a slight increase in the grapes harvested, also thanks to the admission of new partners to the main reality. production in the area. The harvest was positive both in the province of Caltanissetta, where there is the greatest number of growers, and in the Agrigento area between the countryside of Palma Montechiaro, Canicattì, Favara, Naro. The rains of these days, followed by climatically favorable days, did not alter the sugar content of the grapes. We are therefore confident about the results we will be able to obtain also from a commercial point of view ". Achille Alessi, president of the Consortium for the Protection of Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG and Vittoria DOC "In our vineyards the harvest that is still underway is giving an excellent harvest, and this also thanks to the so far ideal climate. The Frappato and Cerasuolo grapes are healthy and have a good sugar content; they almost seem - if you pass the term - of porcelain . Nero d'Avola will have further positive performances even compared to last year: in spite of what happened in 2020, nature is giving us grapes of excellent quality. Our vineyards extend over a vast territory that goes from the countryside of Gela, close to the sea, up to 600 meters above sea level in the Caltagirone area, passing through the Ragusano countryside. The harvest should be completed at the end of next week, now close to October ". Nino Di Marco, Doc Eloro, producer from the Noto area "We have harvested grapes of excellent quality, mainly Nero d'Avola, perfect from a health point of view: not a single grape was attacked by mold. A result due to the favorable climatic conditions: between June and July there were no high temperatures and the rains arrived late avoiding, as happened in the past, that the rains on the eve of August 15th would damage the plants. Compared to the previous harvest there is a 10 percent drop in the harvest of red grapes, the same data is recorded by the grapes white, in this area the Moscato. ".

Morellino Gravel: by bike among the vineyards and villages of the Maremma

Morellino Gravel: by bike among the vineyards and villages of the Maremma

Morellino Gravel is born, the project conceived by the Morellino di Scansano Consortium and by Saturnia Bike with the aim of promoting wine cycling in the territory of the denomination.

Morellino Gravel : this is the name of the project conceived by the Morellino di Scansano Consortium and by Saturnia Bike, a partnership already started with VisitMorellino.com , a virtual space launched in May 2021 that contains all the tourist opportunities of the territory in which the Morellino originates. of Scansano. On Visit Morellino it is in fact possible to organize your stay in the Denomination area by combining activities, places to visit, tasting routes, but also sports and excursions among some of the most beautiful villages in Italy, immersed in the Maremma countryside. Morellino Gravel's goal is to promote the development of wine cycling in the territory of the denomination, making the area a tourist destination of excellence. " The territory of Morellino di Scansano is the ideal place for lovers of two wheels, with its historical routes that date back to the Etruscan and Roman times, but also naturalistic and food and wine, perfect to be explored by bike " says Bernardo Guicciardini Calamai , president of the Consortium. The highlight of the project is the event that will take place in autumn 2021: an event in which bike and cycle tourism enthusiasts will be able to travel the production region of this famous Tuscan red on a gravel bike for a sporting experience. truly unique and cultural. In particular, the gravel bike is designed to tackle medium-long hilly itineraries and is equipped with wider tires that allow it to remain stable in the saddle and manage any weather conditions and road surface, making it comfortable to pass on dirt and gravel paths, but also paved roads or roads with uneven pavement. Tourism suitable for those who love sport, discovery and the environment, such as the Consorzio del Morellino di Scansano which, also through initiatives such as Morellino Gravel, is committed to an ever wider sustainability and to the protection of its territorial heritage. Andrea Gurayev responsible for the Saturnia.bike Brands speaks thus: "it is an initiative that confirms the desire for collaboration between accommodation facilities and territorial brands to bring all users to live an outdoor experience. Our territory is perfect for all levels , from the most trained person to those who have just approached the world of two wheels. We have chosen autumn - he continues - to experience the thrill of food and wine at 360 degrees. Combining sport with the scents of the territory and the traditions of true Maremma is a unique emotion of its kind in a period that sees companies engaged in harvesting and winemaking. " Morellino Gravel was presented in these days and further details on routes, dates and methods of participation will be shared soon. In the meantime, on VisitMorellino.com and Saturnia.bike you can browse and tickle your desire to discover the beauties of the Tuscan Maremma aboard a bike.

Visit Brescia - Sweet Autumn among the vineyards of the province of Brescia

Visit Brescia - Sweet Autumn among the vineyards of the province of Brescia

Discovering Franciacorta, Garda, the Longobard Hills and Valle Camonica.

Strade del Vino among the first to be born in Italy. An area where wine tourism has become the art of hospitality, where everyone can choose the kind of structure that best suits their needs where to stay in the countryside, from the farmhouse to the charming relais. September and October are the ideal times to discover these extraordinary lands, which are also animated by a series of pleasant events. Franciacorta Franciacorta , land of the precious Franciacorta (the finest of the Italian wines refermented in bottle with the Classic Method) to which it gives its name, is among the most loved Italian areas by wine tourists. Its hills are dotted with villages and castles, abbeys and patrician villas, prestigious cellars: the Strada del Franciacorta (www.franciacorta.net) winds its way through the center of Brescia and reaches the shores of Lake Iseo. One more reason to visit it is the Festival in Cantina , scheduled for the weekends of 11-12 and 18-19 September. The 66 participating wineries welcome guests with original and imaginative events and guided tours with tasting. The kermesse offers engaging events and a rich offer of initiatives dedicated to entertainment and food and wine and cultural insights. An appointment therefore suitable for everyone: from wine lovers, who can participate in themed tastings, to lovers of good food, who enjoy the tasty proposals of local restaurateurs and chefs, between tradition and innovation. Ample space is dedicated to sportsmen, who can venture into the vineyards and hills by trekking and along itineraries on foot or by bicycle, as well as to families who have the opportunity to have fun with recreational activities and picnics in nature. There is no better opportunity to get lost among the many places of historical and artistic interest that dot the Strada del Franciacorta, from monasteries to small museums. On 2-3 and 9-10 October the flavors of Franciacorta between art, food and wine are the protagonists of Benvenuto autumn! , visits and guided tastings to discover the world of Bacchus organized at the Paolo and Carolina Zani House Museum in Cellatica . We go to the discovery of the most beautiful works in the collection that tell the Dionysian myth: from the painting by Giambattista Tiepolo dedicated to the Wedding of Bacchus and Ariadne to the Allegory of the Earth, a valuable canvas by François Boucher that belonged to the French king Louis XV, passing through the Bacchanalia that animate the white porcelain by Massimiliano Soldani Benzi (second half of the 18th century). The garden of the Casa Museo is also populated with sculptures and vases that eternalize the memory of the god of wine. At the end of each guided itinerary, visitors can participate in an exclusive tasting, conducted by an expert AIS sommelier, of different types of Franciacorta accompanied by typical culinary proposals of the area. Garda: one lake, 3 DOC areas Vines and olive trees alternate on the Brescia side of Lake Garda, and in the immediate hinterland, where the Strada dei Vini e dei Sapori del Garda winds. A sunny and fertile Mediterranean landscape punctuated by ancient villages, imposing castles, characteristic lakeside towns, in which cellars, oil mills, agritourisms, typical trattorias and elegant restaurants are set. It can be discovered by following the car itineraries that can be downloaded from the website www.stradadeivini.it (which wind for example in Valtènesi, among the morainic hills of the southern shore of the lake, in the stretch from Sirmione to Salò, in the Alto Garda Park), or pedaling in relaxation along the path of about thirty km among the Lugana vineyards. These are the production areas of important and appreciated wines with Controlled Designation of Origin. The heart (and at the top of the denomination) of the DOC Riviera del Garda Classico (which goes from Sirmione to Limone sul Garda) is Valtènesi , a bucolic territory where hospitality is today an art and where the cultivation of the vine boasts ancient origins, which sink even in pre-Roman times. Considered as the last Mediterranean outpost in the heart of northern Europe, between the municipalities of Desenzano in Salò, in the heart of the Garda morainic amphitheater, it is an area characterized by a unique microclimate, influenced by the beneficial effects of the largest Italian lake . Groppello , a great native vine that represents the main enoic heritage of the area, has found its elective homeland: a small heritage of humanity, considering that in the world there are only 400 hectares cultivated precisely in this area. Another pearl of Valtènesi is the precious Chiaretto , one of the most important and appreciated Italian Rosé. A pleasant opportunity to visit the Valtènesi is, at the beginning of October, Profumi di mosto , an event widespread throughout the territory, in which each company offers experiences in the cellar and in the vineyard, from tastings to artistic installations en plein air, to food combinations. wine (info on www.consorziovaltenesi.it). The enchanting morainic hills that embrace Garda to the south, between Sirmione, Pozzolengo, Desenzano and Lonato, are the land of Lugana DOC , a refined white lake with an illustrious birth, given that its origin has been certified since the eighteenth century, but the winemaking tradition of these lands dates back at least to the Romans. Produced from a particular local variety called "turbiana", which guarantees structure and good longevity, it smells of wild flowers and citrus fruits and is today one of the most successful Italian wines. The third DOC is San Martino della Battaglia , a dry white obtained exclusively from the white grape variety TUCHÌ or Tocai Friulano, widespread not only in Friuli Venezia Giulia, but also in Veneto and in eastern Lombardy, where this wine is produced. It takes its name from the place (in the municipality of Desenzano) where in 1859 the bloodiest and most decisive battle of the Risorgimento was fought, today marked by the high tower erected to honor the memory of Vittorio Emanuele II and those who fought for the unification of Italy, from the top of which you can enjoy an extraordinary view of the lower Lake Garda (www.sanmartinodellabattaglia.it). The largest city vineyard in Europe and the Colli dei Longobardi Wine and Flavors Route Brescia boasts a primacy in the enological field, something rather unusual for a city: the urban vineyard of Pusterla , with its 3.4 hectares, is the largest city vineyard in Europe . It climbs up to the Castle and until 21 October it frames the multicolored land art work "La Plage" by Pascale Marthine Tayou, an internationally renowned Cameroonian artist. The vineyard, from which the wines for the Desiderian nuns of the Monastery of Santa Giulia (now an extraordinary Unesco site) came, is the starting point of the Colli dei Longobardi Wine and Flavors Route , which goes southwards in an area traditionally dedicated to wine production also as a support to the needs of the city, which had been an important Roman center and, subsequently, the seat of a powerful Lombard Duchy. Along the route of the Strada, which in 2021 turned 20, you will touch centers with ancient history (such as Botticino, Castenedolo, Montichiari, Montirone, Capriano del Colle, Poncarale and Flero), wineries, small producers of agri-food excellence, trattorias and restaurants where you can taste the most authentic Brescian cuisine, collections to visit, such as the Marble Museum of Botticino , the Museum of Fashion and Costume and that of Wine and Corkscrew of Villa Mazzucchelli in Ciliverghe di Mazzano . Do not miss the cultural events and food and wine experiences scheduled between October and November within the "Lombard Autumn" project (dates and info on www.stradadelvinocollideilongobardi.it). Mountain vineyards in Valle Camonica Fine wines also from the Brescia mountains. In the Camonica Valley (known all over the world for its extraordinary rock carvings, Unesco World Heritage Site) full-bodied and appreciated IGT wines are produced. The Consorzio Vini di Valle Camonica (www.consorziovinivallecamonica.it) proposes itineraries to do by bike or on foot, which combine sport, good wine and mountain cuisine, among ancient paths, terraced vineyards and paths between villages and wineries where you can stop for visits and tastings. A few examples? The "Tra vigne e Vini" route crosses the vineyards and cellars of the Concarena cone, touching the Cerveno House Museum, while the "Tra vigne e ulivi" route winds through the vineyards and olive groves of the municipalities of Piamborno and Darfo Boario Terme, offering the visitor enchanting glimpses of Lake Iseo and Lake Moro, with stops at sites of historical and cultural importance such as the monastic complex Santuario dell'Annunciata di Piamborno. Experiences to get to know the extraordinary world of wine up close To learn more about wines and wineries, you can consult the section of www.visitbrescia.it and choose from the many activities that are proposed with all the useful information to participate. In Franciacorta , for example, poetry and art are the leitmotif of visits to the cellar and vineyards. On Lake Garda you can go trekking in the vineyard accompanied by a sommelier, sensory tastings to the rhythm of music, aperitifs between the rows, you can participate in Food & Wine tours in Valtènesi and cooking classes in which the best combinations with wines are revealed. Along the Strada del Vino e dei Sapori Colli dei Longobardi you can customize the label of the wine tasted, to take home as a souvenir, or have a nice tasting in the cellar after a ride through the vineyards. In Valle Camonica , you learn which are the most suitable glasses for tasting various types of wine and discover the tasty combinations with mountain cheeses and cold cuts.

IL ROERO PROPOSES VINEYARDS FREE OF WEEDING

IL ROERO PROPOSES VINEYARDS FREE OF WEEDING

The producers of the Consorzio di Tutela del Roero have presented a proposal to the municipalities of the denomination for the abolition of chemical herbicides.

Under the leadership of president Francesco Monchiero , the producers of the Consortium have in recent years taken more and more concrete steps towards the courageous goal, born of the members two years ago in the assembly. With the support of the winemaker Edmondo Bonelli , the Consortium presented a proposal to the mayors and the municipal agricultural commissions to have the prohibition on the use of chemical products for weeding included in the regulations of the Rural Police. This is a first step towards an important result. «Our goal and our mission as producers is to protect and enhance our wonderful territory - declares Monchiero. - A fundamental part of the richness of the hills we call home is biodiversity; chemical treatments for weeding put at risk the variety of plant and animal species that naturally populate the vineyard environment, depleting it of its ability to self-regulate and damaging the landscape. In this historical moment, in which even the consumer is more attentive to sustainability, we want to take on the responsibility of reducing our environmental impact. I am very proud of the courage that the partners have shown in pursuing a goal that is not simple, but necessary: it is a proof of our love for these lands ». Founded in 2014, the Consorzio di Tutela Roero aims to protect and promote the Roero Docg Bianco and Rosso through the synergy between the producers and winemakers of the area. Fulcrum of the activities of the Consortium, which today represents 233 members including producers and winegrowers, is the enhancement of the Roero territory and its symbolic wine: that of Roero is a landscape that over time has been transformed and shaped by the presence of vineyards so much be included in the list of Unesco Heritage Cultural Landscapes , in 2014, together with Langhe and Monferrato.

FROM THE RIGHTS OF VINEYARD PLANTING TO THE NEW SYSTEM OF PERMITS

FROM THE RIGHTS OF VINEYARD PLANTING TO THE NEW SYSTEM OF PERMITS

The traditional Italian system of vineyards’ planting rights has been the subject of significant regulatory action, both at EU and national level, that redraw the rules for planting vineyards. The system so far in force, which is based on the concept of "right to plant or replant", effectively, will cease on the date of 31st December 2015. At year end, the system for acquiring rights for planting vineyards, which was applied up to now, will be replaced by the new system of permits required by Community legislation, and in particular by Regulation (EU) No. 1308/2013.

Primitivo di Manduria stop the growth of the vineyards for 3 years

Primitivo di Manduria stop the growth of the vineyards for 3 years

The Puglia Region has accepted the request of the Protection Consortium.

Stop the growth of the denomination vineyards in the Primitivo di Manduria area to rebalance the market with a management of the vineyard area and production capacity. The Puglia Region has given the go ahead to the request of the Consortium for the Protection of Primitivo di Manduria for the total blocking of the claim for the grapes destined to produce Primitivo di Manduria dop in the next three years. This is a historic measure, requested for the first time by an Apulian Consortium, which marks a turning point in the protection and enhancement of the Primitivo di Manduria dop. "A request - declares Mauro di Maggio , president of the Protection Consortium - that we wanted to rebalance the market through greater control". The blocking of the registration of new vineyards is expected for three years starting from 31 July 2020. The denomination Primitivo di Manduria dop has passed in the last 4 wine campaigns (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019) from 3460 hectares to 4592 hectares with an increase of over 30%. "Having received the assignment Erga Omnes with the functions of protection, promotion, enhancement - concludes May - we have decided not to increase the cultivated area to maintain both price and quality standard stability. The market situation is currently not critical, prices are stable, however, in perspective, the increase in the offer must be managed to protect the profitability of the supply chain ".