It was announced few days ago in Gradisca d'Isonzo, where all the Friulian cities which adhere to the “Città del Vino” network gathered along with the national president, Floriano Zambon, to discuss the heart-warming feedback of Calici di Stelle 2020's summer events.
The association also assigned the national photo prize La Stella di Federica (Federica's star) to Aquileia's mayor, Emanuele Zorino, for a picture he shot during Calici di Stelle in August, with the city's beautiful Roman Basilica on the background.
Leading the Cities of Wine
It now adds up to 500 members all over Italy. But when the association “Città del Vino” started, in 1987 in Siena (Tuscany), there were only 39 mayors coming from some of the most representative wine areas both from the North and South of the country. It's a network of cities, provinces, regions, parks and institutions from territories that are strongly linked to winemaking and vineyards.
Its main goal is to help developing a sustainable and more effective winetourism, by enhancing the associates' key strengths: local wines and products, local wineries, touristic accomodations and historical, architectural and natural routes. Quality is the focus: being it a mountain hamlet, a seaside city or a well-preserved old town centre, all the Cities of Wine aim at putting at the tourists' disposal the best from their areas, and making it an incredible experience to visit them.
Becoming 2021's national capital city for wine events, could be a unique opportunity for Duino Aurisina and a great drive for the surrounding area as well. The city's mayor, Daniela Pallotta, already stated that the project will involve local wineries, associations and institutions.
Sea, mountains and the Carso
Duino Aurisina is just north of Trieste, and set partly on the coast. It's in the Karstic territory, with a long-standing tradition of grape growing and winemaking activities, and very interesting native vines: this area's wines belong to the Carso or Carso-Kras DOC (Denomination of Controlled Origin).
And there's so much to see! Its sea cliffs or falesie, for example, are so unique that the Duino Cliffs Regional Nature Reserve was established in 1996, and it also includes the Rilke trail: the Austrian poet fell so much in love with the place, especially with the Duino castle and its park, that he dedicated one of his work to it, the “Duino Elegies” in 1923.
Talking about the castle, we already wrote about its story and its... ghost stories, too, in one of our articles, so maybe you might like to have a look here: enjoy the reading!
Cover photo: the Duino Castle by Jacek Kijewski on Pixabay