Wine tastings and a series of events will delight visitors during the fair which, of course, includes wineries who share the principles of the Slow Wine Coalition and its manifesto, as devised by Slow Food. Organic and sustainable wines are becoming more and more of a trend internationally, and in Friuli Venezia Giulia many wine makers already have an environmentally-friendly attitude.
Sana Slow Wine Fair is meant for industry professionals such as restaurateurs, merchants, importers, distributors, cooks, sommeliers. But the wine expo will also be open to the general public and wine lovers on its very first day, on Sunday 27th. «They'll be able to taste from among the thousands of bottles on display and meet the producers for themselves – said Giancarlo Gariglio, coordinator of the Slow Wine Coalition – All our visitors are also invited to take part in our nine masterclasses led by producers and experts, where they can learn more about the production's philosophies behind some of the world's greatest wines». During Sunday's opening plenary assembly Gariglio will also point out the issues discussed during three online conferences: environmental sustainability, protection of the landscape and the socio-cultural role of wineries.
Masterclasses need to be reserved in advance and are focused on different wine areas in Italy, France, Germany, China and Latin America. Free meetings will be held in the Slow Wine Arena (pavilion 20) on wine market's specific subjects: guides, logos and labels, sustainable packaging, wine lists, the role of buyers in large-scale distribution networks, social projects and alternative approaches to wine tourism.
«Sana Slow Wine Fair will be a precious occasion for dialogue in a fast-growing sector that combines enological culture with sustainability, ethical production and biodiversity – said Gianpiero Calzolari, President of BolognaFiere – These aspects are, more than ever, priorities both for producers and consumers, and our organization has over thirty years of experience in this field through the organization of SANA, the most important national fair dedicated to organic and artisanal products».
A global network uniting wine people from all over the world. The Slow Wine Coalition is part of the wider Slow Food network, and strives to prompt a revolution in the world of wine: to raise awareness in stakeholders, wine production and distribution chain of the need for an authentic environmental sustainability, for the protection of the landscape and for cultural and social growth in rural wine regions, as fundamental issues linked to vine growing and wine making. The Slow Wine Coalition aims at uniting all subjects involved in the wine industry, whether wine producers, wine importers, wine distributors, wine bar owners, restaurateurs, sommeliers, communicators, journalists or simply wine enthusiasts.
About Slow Food
Slow Food is an international non-profit organisation founded in Piedmont in 1986 by Carlo Petrini. Its concept of “slow” is in open contrast to the “fast” that's been reigning over the food industry in the past decades. It tries to give food the right value while paying respect both to producers and nature, thus safeguarding not only the environment, but also the quality of the food itself. As its motto goes, “Good, clean and fair food for all”. In 2000 the organization launched “Presìdi Slow Food”, “presidio” meaning defense, protection in Italian: the project aims at saving local, traditional productions on the verge of extinction. In 2004 the event “Terra Madre” (Mother Earth) reunited in Turin 5,000 representatives from 130 countries worldwide to discuss and share experiences. Among its many ongoing projects, Slow Food advocates for biodiversity and nutrition education.