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La Grande Bellezza of Opera Wine 2014: Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Italian Wines

March 18, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

As Vinitaly sets the stage for the 48th edition of the world’s largest wine event (with over 4,000 exhibitors and an anticipated 150,000 visitors from around the world), Opera Wine, Vinitaly’s premier showcase, announces the program of this year’s presentation, to be held Saturday April 5 in the Palazzo Gran Guardia in the heart of Verona.

Opera Wine, “Finest Italian Wines: 100 Great Producers,” now in its third edition, is a collaboration between Veronafiere and US-based Wine Spectator Magazine, bringing together the finest 100 Italian wines, as determined by Wine Spectator, for a single grand tasting.

This year the event – which features the producers themselves pouring their award-wining wines – will be a more intimate and exclusive affair for members of the trade and press. The program features only one grand tasting, from 4:00pm to 6:30pm, which follows a 1pm press conference and 2:15pm group picture with producers.

“In honor of Italy winning the Oscar this year – and to celebrate la grande bellezza of Italian wine – we want to turn Opera Wine into a red carpet experience,” says Managing Director of Vinitaly International Stevie Kim. “We will ask attendees to vote for their favorite Opera Wine via social media, and the winner will be announced at the gala dinner that evening.”

Thomas Matthews, Executive Editor of Wine Spectator, explains the philosophy behind the selection, and reveals this year’s new editions: “Our group of 100 wines includes the classics – from Tuscany, Piedmont, and beyond – but we also welcome smaller wineries from lesser-known regions. Quality, of course, is always the key, but so long as vineyards respect their roots in terms of noble grapes, sustainable grape growing, and artisanal wine making, Italian wines will find enthusiastic consumers.

This year, we invited six new producers to join us at Opera Wine. Each of them exemplifies quality, while at the same time representing leadership and vision within their respective regions. Moving from north to south, they are: from Lombardy, Mamete Prevostini; from Marche, Il Pollenza; from Sardinia, Agricola Punica; from Basilicata, Tenuta del Portale; from Calabria, Odoardi, and from Puglia, Gianfranco Fino. These producers join such established stars as Antinori with Tenuta Guado al Tasso, Biondi Santi, Bruno Giacosa, Gaja, Mastroberardino, Planeta, Vietti and the Rocca di Montemassi estate of Casa Vinicola Zonin. Together, Wine Spectator and Opera Wine hope to showcase the rich panoply of Italian wines.” (To view Matthews’ full statement:

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