A successful come back indeed for its Circolo Culturale Controtempo creators, considering 60 per cent of the audience were from abroad, mostly from nearby Slovenia, Croatia, Germany and Austria but also from other Northern European countries, thus really overcoming barriers as the “Peace” in the title means.
Most of the 45 live music events went sold out, also thanks to the unique chance to experience wine and music together. Actually more than 20 wineries and winemakers were directly involved in the organization, offering their own locations as stages for the 150 artists who played not only in Cormons, but also in Gorizia and in other towns of the famed Collio area, including some Slovenian cities.
Restaurants, hotels and tourist accomodations almost sold out, too: an astonishing 2.200 people crowded the Saturday events all around the area.
And the sun enhanced the beauty of the Collio hills, welcoming people and leading the “Bike&Wine” and “Jazz&Test” events to success. The spots among the vines were really stunning, as in Borgo Conventi where a huge polenta was cooked and served in the courtyard, surronded by autumn-coloured ivy, for the festival's closing night by real professionals like the “Polentars” from Verzegnis. And it's impossible not to mention the breathtaking view from the Abbazia di Rosazzo by the sunset, or the spectacular Castle in Gorizia.
The great masters of jazz playing the main gigs (Dianne Reeves, John McLaughlin, Bill Frisell) were applauded just as the emerging stars: Theon Cross, The Comet is Coming, Aly Keita &Hamid Drake Duo drew big cheers from the audience.
So, hearts full and cars filled: we stocked on delicious wines, too and found it really hard to stop! But there are still a lot of places to be seen and a lot of typical dishes to be tasted, so we're coming back soon... and sure most of the people there will do the same, we bet.
Tourism in Cormons: www.cormons.info
Wine shopping: Enoteca di Cormons, Cantina Produttori di Cormons