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. From April 7th to April 10th, Verona becomes the stage for memorable tastings led by international experts who will present wines that have made and are making the history of world enology.
You can take part in vertical tastings in which you will taste the same wine in different vintages to discover its DNA and its aging potential. You can enjoy some great Italian wines compared to other major internationals or simply stop by the stands of a consortium to learn about and taste their products. Or sit down with your favorite producer to discover their new vintages. The whole of Italy is represented with its 20 regions, over 400 vines and more than 400 denominations. A sort of paradise for wine lovers who can discover the wealth of Italian wine production without leaving Verona.
Among the official Vinitaly tastings, Ian D’Agata and the Associazione Italiana Donne del Vino (the Italian Women of Wine Association) will lead an event that is evocatively entitled The revolutionary wines of entrepreneurial women. The great winemaker Riccardo Cotarella will present The seven wines that have exalted their territories. You will discover Amarone della Valpolicella through a series of events organized by the Consortium to promote the international school “Valpolicella Education Program”, and also with a handful of events to celebrate 10 years of the Legacy Families. Likewise, you will gain in-depth information on the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, the Morellino di Scansano and the Cirò organized by the respective consortia. FISAR (the Italian Sommelier Federation) will present samples of rosé wines from Italy and, not to be missed, a tasting that will demonstrate the extraordinary longevity of Verdicchio dei Castelli from Jesi and from Matelica. By contrast, in the International Wine Pavilion you can taste wines and get to know producers from over 35 countries, with a massive representation from France, Spain, Australia, Hungary and Croatia.
If it still isn’t enough, Vinitaly and the City is the name of all the events held outside the fair. Verona, from April 5th to April 8th, becomes a city of the world, a sort of city of leisure and play for wine lovers. Four days of tastings, unusual combinations, aperitifs, and parties in extraordinary places such as the Arsenale, the Cortile del Mercato Vecchio, Piazza San Zeno, Palazzo Carli and many other sites that have made it one of the few cities in the world to become a Unesco World Heritage site. But Vinitaly & the City also involves some lesser-known locations such as Bardolino, Valeggio sul Mincio and Soave, whose visit would still be worth a trip.
Saturday April 6th, during the event OperaWine, you can also taste the 100 best Italian wines according to the prestigious magazine Wine Spectator. Furthermore, Vinitaly International was launched in 2013 and has been going strong, a project launched by VeronaFiere to promote Made in Italy excellence worldwide, through a training program for the appointment of real ambassadors of Italian wine.
So if you’ve never done it, sooner or later you have to experience the thrill of a fair that, born in 1967, celebrates its 53rd edition this year.
If you decide to make the trip, give me a ring or come and see me at one of my Master Classes: on Amarone Sunday, April 7th at 3:00 pm and/or on Morellino Monday, April 8th at 3:00 pm!
Vinitaly, from April 7th to April 10th, Verona.