19 wines received special awards at the second National Competition of Rosé Wines. The competition was sponsored by the Food Resources department of the Puglia region, in partnership with Assoenologi, Italian Academy of Vine and Wine and Unioncamere Puglia, and authorized by the Ministry of Agriculture. The challenge of rosé wines The competition of rosé wines of Italy 2013 is "a challenge that Puglia has assumed fully, and that our region has won against any prejudice on wine varieties, superficially not very considered in recent years, and that instead is being more and more rediscovered by Italian and foreign consumers. It demonstrates great character and versatility, as well as an important and delicate work of vinification and wine-making technique behind ", the commissioner Agri-Resources of the Region of Puglia, Fabrizio Nardoni, said. Rocco di Stefano, former director of the Experimental Oenologists Institute, illustrated the value and potential of rosé wine further: "The rosé wines are experiencing an extremely positive period and, if until now had their main market in France, in these years this type of wine is among the most demanded and appreciated in many international markets, where mainly two fundamental properties are required: varietal aromas and long-lasting color, characteristics tied to special technological production. Nowadays, there is a return to the old and authentic flavoUrs of rosé, and wines that have long-lasting color, varietal aromas and fuller flavours can be produced. The awards and medals to the Best rosé wines of Italy 2013 The award ceremony took place at the Aragonese Castle of Otranto (Le) and was conducted by the journalist-winemaker Bruno Vespa, by Senator Dario Stephen, creator of the initiative, and by the Regional Councillor for food resources, Fabrizio Nardoni. Six categories of the competition were attended by 292 wineries of all 20 regions for 363 labels totally. Abruzzo obtained the best score in the whole event: the Great Gold Medal was awarded to Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo Doc "Fantini". For "still rosé Igt-Igp" all medals to Puglia, for "sparkling rosé Doc-Dop " to stock up medals was Emilia Romagna. "The awards this year outline a map of Italian excellences and confirm the importance of the Award and its seriousness - the commissioner to the food resources of the Region of Puglia, Fabrizio Nardoni, said - as they are awards that give a proper role to wines and winemaking processes, which are delicate and valuable, in the history and tradition of national oenology". Wine Competition Rosé Wines of Italy 2013 CATEGORY 1 - STILL ROSE WINES DOC - DOP GOLD MEDAL CERASUOLO D'ABRUZZO DOC "FANTINI" 2012 FARNESE VINI of ORTONA (CHIETI) SILVER MEDAL IRPINIA ROSE DOC 2012 BORGODANGELO SOCIETA? AGRICOLA of SANT'ANGELO ALL'ESCA (AVELLINO) BRONZE MEDAL BARDOLINO DOC CHIARETTO CLASSICO 2012 CANTINA CAORSA CONSORZIO AGRARIO LOMBARDO VENETO of AFFI (VERONA) CATEGORY 2 - STILL ROSE WINES IGT - IGP GOLD MEDAL SALENTO IGP ROSATO "MERULA ROSA" 2012 AZIENDA AGRICOLA CARVINEA of CAROVIGNO (BRINDISI) SILVER MEDAL SALENTO IGP NEGROAMARO ROSE 2012 CANTINA SOCIETA? COOPERATIVA VECCHIA TORRE of LEVERANO (LECCE) BRONZE MEDAL SALENTO IGT NEGROAMARO ROSES '"ROSARO" 2012 FEUDI DI GUAGNANO of GUAGNANO (LECCE) CATEGORY 3 - ROSE SPARKLING WINES DOC - DOP GOLD MEDAL LAMBRUSCO DI MODENA DOC ROSATO FRIZZANTE SEMISECCO "ROSA DI PRIMAVERA" 2012 CANTINA DI CARPI E DI SORBARA of CARPI (MODENA) SILVER MEDAL (ex-aequo) LAMBRUSCO DI SORBARA DOC ROSATO FRIZZANTE AMABILE "ALLEGRO" 2012 CANTINA DI CARPI E DI SORBARA of CARPI (MODENA) LAMBRUSCO DI SORBARA DOP ROSATO FRIZZANTE SECCO "ROSA'" 2012 AZIENDA AGRICOLA GARUTI ELIO ED EREDI GARUTI ROMEO of SORBARA (MODENA) BRONZE MEDAL COLLI DI SCANDIANO E DI CANOSSA DOP LAMBRUSCO ROSATO FRIZZANTE "ROSSO SPINO" 2012 CANTINA SOCIALE D? ARCETO SOCIETA? COOPERATIVA of ARCETO di SCANDIANO (REGGIO EMILIA) CATEGORY 4 - ROSE SPARKLING WINE IGT - IGP GOLD MEDAL PROVINCIA DI PAVIA IGT ROSATO FRIZZANTE DOLCE "MOSCA ROSA" 2011 GIORGI FRATELLI & C di CANNETO (PAVIA) SILVER MEDAL DELLE VENEZIE IGT ROSATO FRIZZANTE "TURA" GRUPPO ITALIANO VINI - LAMBERTI of PASTRENGO (VERONA) BRONZE MEDAL VERONA IGP ROSATO FRIZZANTE "MONTE FIASCHETTO" 2012 AZIENDA AGRICOLA RIGHETTI ENZO of CAVAION VERONESE (VERONA) CATEGORY 5 - ROSE SPARKLING WINES DOC - DOP GOLD MEDAL VENEZIA DOC VINO SPUMANTE DRY ROSE' "CANAL GRANDO" CASA VINICOLA BOSCO MALERA of SALGAREDA (TREVISO) SILVER MEDAL LAMBRUSCO DI SORBARA DOP ROSATO VINO SPUMANTE DI QUALITA' EXTRA DRY "GIOIA" 2011 AZIENDA AGRICOLA GARUTI ELIO ED EREDI GARUTI ROMEO of SORBARA (MODENA) BRONZE MEDAL BARDOLINO DOP CHIARETTO VINO SPUMANTE BRUT 2012 AZIENDA AGRICOLA BENAZZOLI FULVIO of PASTRENGO (VERONA) CATEGORY 6 - ROSE SPARKLING WINE IGT and VSQ GOLD MEDAL MANZONI MOSCATO VINO SPUMANTE DI QUALITA' AROMATICO DOLCE 2012 CANTINA COLLI EUGANEI of VO' (PADOVA) SILVER MEDAL VINO SPUMANTE DI QUALITA' EXTRA DRY ROSE' "JACARANDO" 2011 SAN PAOLO AZIENDA AGRARIA of TORRIONI (AVELLINO) BRONZE MEDAL PINOT NERO ROSATO VINO SPUMANTE DI QUALITA EXTRA DRY AZIENDA VITIVINICOLA VANZINI DI ANTONIO, MICHELA E PIER PAOLO VANZINI of SAN DAMIANO AL COLLE (PAVIA) SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE CRITICAL PUGLIA IGT ROSATO 'MONROSE' AZIENDA AGRICOLA PRIMIS of STORNARELLA (FG) .