Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italy's Vagaggini in running for global wine award

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(By Sandra Cordon).
Rome, September 4 - Described as one of the
"world's leading experts" on Sangiovese wines, Paolo Vagaggini
of Siena is a finalist in American journal Wine Enthusiast's
competition for its 2013 Wine Star award.
The award, considered one of the highest accolades in the
industry, is exciting news for the Tuscan, who says he is proud
to be nominated, and also proud for any recognition he can bring
to Italy.
"A prolific oenologist and one of the world's leading
experts on Sangiovese, Vagaggini works with about a third of
Montalcino's wineries, including Biondi Santi, Eredi Fuligni and
Poggio Antico," the magazine says in its online announcement of
the finalists.
"With 30 years of winemaking experience under his belt, he
also consults for wineries in Montepulciano and Chianti
Classico".
He has been nominated in the category of Winemaker of the
Year.
Vagaggini's competition for the award, which will be
announced in a special edition of the magazine to be released on
New Year's Eve, include wine specialists from France, Australia,
Spain, and California.
"Just being one of the top five recognized winemakers in
the world is for me an enormous satisfaction," says Vagaggini.
"But it is also a huge recognition for our country where
the winemaking tradition is rooted in thousands of years and
often underestimated".
Vagaggini, who says that he inherited his passion for wine
from his father, is also known for his expertise with one of the
world's most famous names in the industry: the Brunello di
Montalcino.
Indeed, for this winemaker, the business is a family affair
as Vagaggini works closely with his wife Bernardetta in their
operation named Amantis, producing Sangiovese wines that are
sold all over the world.
"I want to dedicate my success to my wife, who has always
supported my work," says Vagaggini.
He has high hopes that this year could become one of the
best, in terms of quality and also value, in the history of
Italian wine exports.
That hope is supported by data from farm organization
Coldiretti, which predicts that shipments of Italian wines
abroad could possibly exceed the record 5-billion-euro mark if
current growth trends continue.
Meanwhile, Wine Enthusiast magazine has also singled out an
Italian cooperative as a nominee in its category of the most
outstanding European Winery of the Year.
Produttori del Barbaresco is the winery of the Cantina
Sociale del Barbaresco Producers, which was founded in 1958 in
an area around the town of Barbaresco in north-western Italy
near Turin.
Today, it includes 56 grower-members with approximately 250
acres dedicated to Nebbiolo.
But the origins of the modern cooperative date back to 1894
when Domizio Cavazza created the Cantine Social Barbaresco "for
the production of luxury wines and food".
According to the magazine, "Produttori del Barbaresco is
considered one of the world's leading cooperatives".
"It continues to set the bar in winemaking, producing as
many as 35,000 cases of wine a year and offering quality and
consistency across the board," says Wine Enthusiast.

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