Filippo Bartolotta
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67/April: intimacy, sustainability and beauty at the Summa 2019

Tired of the usual wine trade shows with the tasting benches under glaring neon lights, in hotel halls or in exhibition corridors? Are you in love with great wine but also unyielding warriors of sustainability and organic and biodynamic farming? If so, you will definitely not to miss Summa 2019. An extraordinary parterre composed of some of the most interesting experiences of international viticulture can be experienced in the suggestive and historic location of Casòn Hirschprunn & Tòr Löwengang (Magrè Sulla Strada del Vino, Bolzano). In a unique setting you can taste some of the world’s most exclusive wines, all created in the name of sustainability. From France to China, more than 100 producers are ready to welcome wine connoisseurs between exceptional  horizontal tastings (tasting different labels) and vertical tastings (tasting of a label in different vintages).

This year Summa, the annual event dedicated to international winemaking excellence organized by the Alois Lageder Estate, will take place between Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of AprilSouth Tyrolean kermesse involving producers from all over the world, welcoming over 110 realities which focus on high quality and sustainable production, which share values, objectives and the desire to create a unique moment with the public. France, Austria, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, New Zealand, Portugal and from this year also Hungary, the Czech Republic and China, gather in Magrè to introduce themselves to industryprofessionals, press and wine lovers in general.

Despite Summa growing steadily year-on-year, the event manages to maintain a quality that is fundamental to enjoy great wine: an “intimate” atmosphere, both familiar and welcoming. Visitors will be able to taste the best wines and listen to the stories of the winemakers in a rich program of exclusive horizontal and vertical tastings, seminars and visits to the winery. You can also enjoy walks in the vineyards and tastings directly from the barrels. It is one of the most informative opportunities to understand the work that goes into making a great bottle of wine.

All the activities of the green and increasingly international event require registration directly on site, after the purchase of a ticket online. Not only wine but food, too, with exceptional partners who will offer a fine gastronomic review.

Moreover, if your heart beats for good wine but also for wine that is produced without chemical additives in the vineyard or in the winery, then here you will find an extraordinary opportunity to deepen this theme and to share it, not only with producers and other enthusiasts like you, but also with Demeter, an international brand that controls and certifies the work and products of farmers who practice organic-dynamic farming. All we do is talk about natural, organic and biodynamic wines, but few really know what the differences are and what are the contents and the philosophy behind each production approach. SUMMA is an opportunity to deepen one of the hottest topics in the world of wine.

This year the Tenuta Alois Lageder will donate part of the proceeds of the event to the humanitarian association Casa della Solidarietà (CdS), which has been helping people in difficulty for over fifteen years.

Summa 2019, Tenuta Alois Lageder in Magrè, amongst the wonders of South Tyrol from April 6th toApril 7th, from 10am to 6pm.

Visit the website for more details, costs and registration.

Information on Casa della Solidarietà.

Information on Alois Lageder


Filippo Bartolotta

Filippo Bartolotta è un docente, uno scrittore ma soprattutto uno dei più noti storyteller del vino del pianeta, tanto che Obama, nel suo viaggio in Italia, lo ha scelto come Maestro di cantina. Una passione che Filippo coltiva fin dalla sua giovinezza, quando si laurea in Economia all’Università di Firenze con una tesi sulla comunicazione del vino e poi ottiene un diploma di marketing internazionale in Olanda, proprio per cominciare la sua attività a Vinopolis, il più grande museo del vino al mondo. Tra una degustazione e un’altra passa l’esame al Wine and Spirit Education Trust e comincia a scrivere per Decanter Magazine. Dal 2003 tiene moduli formativi sulla comunicazione, l’analisi sensoriale, la storia e l’antropologia del vino e sul marketing territoriale per l’Università di Siena e per Giunti Accademy. Con il progetto “I Capolavori dei Sensi” nel 2009 porta l’Italia del vino alla National Gallery di Londra e al Parlamento Francese. Dal 2010 svolge un Road Show “The Amazing Italian Wine Journey” che lo porta ogni anno, tra le altri sedi, nelle cucine della Casa Bianca e nelle sale del Metropolitan Museum di New York. Negli stati Uniti diventa sommelier di fiducia di star come Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, John Malkovich, Steven Colbert di The Late Show, Jessica Alba, Bryan Adams ed Eminem, e nel maggio del 2017 balza alla cronaca per aver intrattenuto i coniugi Obama in Toscana in una degustazione in abbinamento con i piatti dello Chef n.1 al mondo Massimo Bottura dell’Osteria Francescana. Intanto, la sua scuola di cucina e vino MaMa Florence, a Firenze, continua instancabilmente la sua ascesa planetaria.


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