And just as a proof of their commitment, a few days later, on January 17, the Women in Wine FVG presented in Pordenone the school project “D-Vino”, soon to be launched in Friuli Venezia Giulia after successfully running in other Italian regions. Conceived by the National Association Donne del Vino, “D-Vino” aims at including wine-related teachings into hospitality&restaurant institutes' school programmes in Italy. A pilot project kicked off last year at high schools in three regions (Emilia Romagna, Piedmont and Sicily) and it's now expanding.
The idea is to provide with specific tools students who will go on becoming eventually tomorrow's managers and employees in restaurants and touristic facilities, throughout Italy: wine accounts for a third of restaurants' income, and one out of four foreign visitors comes to Italy because of wine tourism. There are 10,000 winemaking facilities arranged for hospitality, and 20,000 winemakers open to the public, all looking for personnel: wine is definitely a key factor for a successful tourism in Italy.
In Friuli, the school project “D-Vino” will take off in Aviano (Pordenone), at the Hospitality Institute IAL. Senior year students will meet delegates from Donne del Vino FVG: wine professionals and businesswomen will talk about their direct experience in the wine sector, showing pupils all the job opportunities that will lie before them after graduating and also stressing the key role of continuing education to get better chances. Donne del Vino FVG's goal will be to enhance wine culture, too, promoting in the younger generations a more aware and responsible alcohol consumption.
Among the major topics: winetourism and hospitality, wine labels and how to properly understand them, sustainability, communication and social media marketing, and more.
Women in Wine Antonietta Mazzeo (Emilia-Romagna), Roberta Urso (Sicily) and Roberta Lanero (Piedmont) are D-Vino national coordinators, while in Friuli the project is monitored by sommelier and board member Maria Teresa Gasparet, and by winemaker Deborah Gelisi from winemaking firm Podere Gelisi, based in San Quirino (Pordenone). Other Donne del Vino del Friuli Venezia Giulia taking part to the project launching in Aviano are: Silvia Bosi, Anna Brisotto, Antonella Cantarutti, Elisabetta Cichellero, Maria Cristina Cigolotti, Fedora D’Angelo, Silva Delle Case, Sabrina Savorgnan di Brazzà, Piera Martellozzo, Patrizia Pittia, Alessia Poles, Rosa Prisciandaro, Giovanna Santin, Liliana Savioli, Ornella Venica, Monica Vettor and Rita Zago.
And as 2023 marks a sparkling beginning for the association, last year too wrapped up with a bang. On December 10, in Gradisca d'Isonzo (Gorizia), the 2023 Gran Premio Noè was awarded to Donne del Vino Friuli Venezia Giulia, honouring the hard work of its 70 members: winemakers, oenologists, sommeliers, wine shop owners, reporters, restaurant owners and wine professionals in many sectors (law, marketing, etc.). The Friulian delegation promotes many events: meetings for both wine experts and wine lovers and raising awareness on alcohol consumption among young people, and fund-raisings for associations fighting violence against women. Actually, the prize was dedicated to the memory of one of its member, sommelier Donatella Briosi, a victim of femicide – and also to the memory of two more members, sadly passed away too soon: Claudia Culot and Manuela Fischetto.
Gran Premio Noè – Grand Prix Noè was established back in 1965 in Gradisca d'Isonzo and it's one of the longest-running and more important wine fair in Italy, every year celebrating people who distinguished themselves into the wine world.
Cover Photo: Women in Wine Friulian delegation celebrating its new board
All Photos taken from Associazione Le Donne del Vino del Friuli Venezia Giulia's official Facebook account