Filippo Bartolotta


Filippo Bartolotta is a teacher and a writer, but above all one of the most famous wine storytellers on the planet - so much so that President Barack Obama, during his last trip to Italy, appointed Filippo as his cellar master. This has been a passion that Filippo cultivated since his youth, when he graduated in Economics at the University of Florence with a thesis that explored the nuances of wine communication and then obtained an International Marketing Diploma in the Netherlands, before launching Vinopolis, the largest wine museum in the world. Between one tasting and another, he successfully completes his examination at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and starts writing for Decanter Magazine. Since 2003 he has held training modules on communication, sensory analysis, wine history and anthropology and on territorial marketing for the University of Siena and Giunti Academy. In 2009, with the project "I Capolavori dei Sensi", he brought Italian wine history to the National Gallery in London and to the French Parliament. Since 2010 he has held a Road Show entitled "The Amazing Italian Wine Journey" which each year, among other places, sees him in the White House kitchens and in the halls of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. In the United States he has become a trusted sommelier for stars like Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, John Malkovich, Stephen Colbert of The Late Show, Jessica Alba, Bryan Adams and Eminem, and in May 2017 he makes the news for having entertained Barack and Michelle Obama in Tuscany in a wine tasting experience matched with the dishes of one of the best Chefs in the world, Massimo Bottura from Osteria Francescana. Meanwhile, his school of cooking and wine MaMa Florence, in Florence, tirelessly continues its world renowned project.

Author's articles

A new Franciacorta is born: the "Berlucchi '61 Nature Blanc de Blancs 2012"


Franciacorta is the symbol of quality sparkling wines in Italy. It is a very recent realm, however, born only in 1956 thanks to the meeting of Guido Berlucchi with the legendary winemaker Franco Ziliani. Within a few years the idea of ​​making a sparkling wine similar to Champagne became reality and, after a few attempts, in 1961 at Palazzo Lana, the first bottle of Franciacorta was born.

Great wines in the outskirts of Rome


A giant and beautiful vegetable garden, a dairy at the beginning of its activity, simple and luscious gastronomic products, preserves, honey, fruit juices and a trattoria with an open kitchen. All in an immaculate countryside dotted with fruit trees, lush and geometric vineyards, picnic tables and sheaves that stand out on the lawn before the forest.

The wines recommended by Bartolotta: Tasca D’Almerita and Nerello Mascalese


Four expressions of Nerello Mascalese from different districts on Etna. An intense work that began with the first experiments in 2004 and took a definitive form in 2007 in the Sciaranova and Pianodario districts, and in 2015 in the Rampante district.

Wine excellence at Vinitaly in Verona


With almost 5,000 stands distributed across 100,000 square meters and visited every year for four consecutive days by about 130,000 visitors from over 130 countries, Vinitaly is perhaps the most important wine fair in the world. Every day there are around 400 events, including conferences and tastings, unanimously designed for experts, professionals and enthusiasts who approach wine for the first time.

Cantine d'Autore - A journey through the most beautiful Italian wine landscapes


A journey through the most beautiful Italian wine landscapes for wineries designed not only to make great wines but also to be aesthetically integrated into the rural context in which they arise. They are the Cantine d'Autore, a project of tourist itineraries that emphasizes the importance of projects in which the production cycles are protected and enhanced by the wineries themselves, real artifacts that fit into a natural environment whose sustainability is enhanced by human intervention.

Roman wines against every kind of enological racism


If you are looking for information on Roman wines, you will be quite disappointed. In fact, although Lazio is a region that produces a lot of wine, most of it is consumed at home. I don't think that, out of 100 people, there is even one that requestsor offers a Lazio wine outside the region itself.

Once and for all: Chianti is not Chianti Classico


With the “D.O.C.” designation of origin conferred to it in 1967, and subsequently raised to “D.O.C.G.” in 1984, Chianti is produced in a vast area of ​​central Tuscany and includes the sub-areas of the Colli Aretini, Colli Fiorentini and Colli Senesi, Colline Pisane, Montalbano, Montespertoli and Rùfina.

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.

Starting at the Etna


Let’s start our journey at the Etna, from the vines of Carricante and Nerello Mascalese, which are grown on an active vulcano in one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Despite being closer to Africa than to Italy, this island can produce mountain wines that are up to the highest standards of the European vines that come from the small region of Valle d'Aosta, on the border with Switzerland.

Italian Excellence


‘A’ as in Amarone della Valpolicella. Let's start with a review of the most famous Italian wines in the world. Despite being considered by many too heavy and full-bodied (its alcohol level is between 15% and 16.5%), in recent years Romeo and Juliet’s iconic wine (the first vineyards are a stone's throw from the heart of Verona) has been given newfound elegance and drinkability.

Maremma, the wines!


Imagine the Natural Park of Monte Argentario plunging right into the depth of a clear blue sea. Or, if you prefer, you can start from Giglio Island. Project yourself in the middle of the Tuscan countryside, amongst endless prairies that extend north-east, gently leaving space to the dotted hills full of centenary pine trees and cypress avenues which in their turn allow ancient olive groves and vineyards to spread out with a seemingly divine geometry.