Staff Writer - January 20, 2007
The third annual VitignoItalia, the trade show dedicated to wines made with Italian native and traditional vines, will be held in Naples, at the Mostra d'Oltremare trade center, from May 20 to 22, 2007. The three days will be dedicated to promoting and marketing Italian quality wines and food, with the participation of great international chefs and new emerging talents from the south of Italy. In addition, this year there will be two new areas dedicated to organic and biodynamic wines, and the wines from the southern Mediterranean, respectively.
VitignoItalia 2007 will be more structured and comprehensive than the previous events, thanks in part to the management assigned to a new partner, the Hamlet srl. VitignoItalia can be considered as the main enogastronomy event in the south of Italy, and this year counts on the valuable backing of the Touring Club Italiano.
VitignoSud is the new section fueling the most expectations. In fact, this will be the first trade show dedicated exclusively to Mediterranean wines. Held within and complementary to VitignoItalia, VitignoSud is organized in collaboration with ERSAC (Ente Regionale di Sviluppo Agricolo della Regione Campania, or Regional Organization for the Agricultural Development of the Campania Region). In addition to Italian wines, this section will introduce producers from the southern Mediterranean Sea, including Tunisia, Lebanon and Spain.
VitignoBio is the area dedicated to organic and biodynamic wines. Organized with single desks, this space will present wineries whose products are made with certified organic or biodynamic grapes exclusively.
Personal Wine Trainer is a new service provided by VitignoItalia, in collaboration with the Campania chapter of the AIS (Italian Association of Sommeliers). The Campania AIS sommeliers will be on hand to act as personal guides, helping the public to understand the over 4,000 wines presented. Dedicated mostly to the newcomers, the sommelier can be an invaluable aid for more educated drinkers who are willing to better understand the wines available as well.
CookingForWine 2007, the space dedicated to pairing wine and food, will be bigger compared to the previous years, and the moderators are Luigi Cremona and Lorenza Vitali, of Witaly. In addition to chefs coming from various parts of the world to cook live using typical Campania region products, young, up-and-coming local chefs will compete in a side event, organized by VitignoItalia and CookingForWine in collaboration with the Campania chapter of Coldiretti.