Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Vinitaly remembers Biondi Santi at inauguration


(By Kate Carlisle) Verona, April 8 - Vinitaly's 47th
edition, one of the most eagerly anticipated wine events in
Italy and the world, began on a somber note with the passing of
one of the wine world's most iconic figures - Franco Biondi
Santi, maker of Brunello di Montalcino.
"Biondi Santi was an example of life and professionalism.
He graced the halls of Vinitaly numerous times over the years
and his presence was always a pleasure," Veronafiera Director
Giovanni Mantovani said.
Biondi Santi, dubbed the "gentleman of Brunello" died on
Sunday at the age of 91.
He was considered the 'guardian' of the famous Tuscan red
that his family invented and is credited with having stoked
Brunello's phenomenal success abroad.
Biondi Santi's Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1955 was the
only Italian wine to enter Wine Spectator's top 12 wines of the
Vinitaly brings together top producers, journalists and
business representatives from the wine industry from over 110
different countries yearly.
Last year, the four-day event attracted over 156,000
visitors and participants who flooded the 95,000 square meters
of the trade center known as Veronafiere.
More than 4,000 exhibitors will open their stands for
tastings and presentations, divided by their regions.
This year's expo highlights the wine industry's export
data, confirming that international sales are up, valued at nine
billion euros, despite an overall economic crisis gripping the
A grand tasting of the "Finest Italian Wines" held in
Palazzo della Gran Guardia by the magazine Wine Spectator on
Saturday opened the door for wine lovers to learn the secrets
behind the success of 100 Italian producers through the palates
of tasters Terry Xu, Robert Joseph and Luca Gardini.
A survey of international vistors from last year reports
that 86% of those interviewed attended Vinitaly to find new
contacts, understand new trends and finalise purchase contracts.
More than ever, foreign buyers are flocking to Vinitaly,
said organizers, especially those interested in "made in Italy"
as "the best of world oenology in terms of quality and
originality, thanks to Italy's heritage of native grape
varieties, competitive prices the appeal that Italian wine
carries all over the world," said Mantovani.
"Maintaining leadership in international wine trade, with
a 23% market share, is essential to continue promoting a unified
image of the Italian wine reality," Mantovani said.

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