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Category: News

Report from Vinitaly 2017

The 51st annual Vinitaly trade fair, an unparalleled showcase for Italian wine, took place in Verona, April 9–12, 2017. The scale of this event is mind-boggling for first timers.

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DOC #334: Friuli

There have long been six denominations in Friuli–Venezia Giulia that include the word “Friuli” in their name. Now there is one denomination to rule them all.

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Report on Vinitaly 2016

For the 50th year in a row, Vinitaly, the world’s largest wine trade fair, convened in Verona, Italy, last month. What did you miss, and why should you consider going next year? Vinitaly is no longer merely a gathering of 4,100 exhibitors, spread out over a million square feet of floor space, showing their wines […]

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New Rules for Montalcino

Posted November 2, 2015 Brunello & Rosso di Montalcino Tighten Their Regulations Brunello di Montalcino, already among the highest-quality wine denominations in Italy, is updating its disciplinare (the rules governing wine production) to ensure that quality in the production zone remains at a level that will continue to justify its lofty reputation and price. New […]

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Italy Again Tops in Wine Production

2015 a Good Vintage in Italy After a forgettable 2014 harvest in many regions of Italy, the 2015 vintage is a welcome arrival. Rain and cool weather at inopportune times during the 2014 growing season shaved almost 20% off the quantity that was produced in 2013’s bumper crop. Now, with fine summer and fall weather […]

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No Shortage of Prosecco

Letter from the Prosecco Consorzio June 24, 2015 As has been widely reported, global sales of Prosecco reached 306 million bottles last year, compared to 241.5 million bottles the previous year. Even with this documented increase, there have been reports in the media that there is a current shortage. We felt the need to issue […]

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Pignoletto DOC Takes the Stage

Posted December 4, 2014 Quick quiz. Pignoletto is: A. An opera by Giuseppe Verdi B. A fairy-tale puppet that magically becomes a little boy C. A sketch from The Muppet Show D. An Italian grape variety The correct answer is none of the above. Until very recently, Pignoletto was the name of a white grape […]

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France Overtakes Italy in Wine Production for 2014

Posted November 5, 2014 The OIV (International Organization of Vine and Wine) has released its early estimates of the global wine production volume for 2014, and as expected, it’s France’s turn at the head of the pack this year. After two disappointing harvests in a row, France’s 2014 harvest came in above average in volume, […]

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News Brief: Barolo and Barbaresco Now Belong to the World

Posted June 23, 2014 UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) on June 22, 2014, added Barolo and Barbaresco to the list of World Heritage sites. The Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato (Italy) joins about 1,000 other sites around the world that are recognized by UNESCO for their “outstanding universal value.” […]

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