From June 29th to July 28th Barolo will host the next edition of Collisioni, the “agrirock” festival of literature and music taking place since ten years in the amazing Langhe’s landscape, one of Unesco’s World Heritage sites. For a month, the italian wines’ Mecca will host will host music concerts, meetings, conversations with Nobel prizes for literature, italian and international music stars, world famous film directors, for this big festival that attracted over 110 thousand Italian and foreign visitors in its 2017 edition.
Collisioni is food&wine culture also, with “Progetto Vino”, created and directed by the writer and wine expert Ian D'Agata with the aim to promote italian wine variety and richness. The project has become a point of reference for the whole international wine community, hosting every year tastings reserved to over 70 wine professionals: journalists from the main international magazines, buyers, starred sommeliers, experts, all personally invited by mr. D’Agata because of their international and commercial influence on reference markets. Experts will take part to a rich program, including private tastings, focus groups on international markets, debates, compared tastings, wineries tours, walk-around tastings, lunches and dinners with producers and associations.
Tenth edition of Collisioni will see Puglia debuting for the first time at this important event.
“This year, for the first time, Puglia wine excellences will figure between the leading actors of this internationally renowned festival, gathering together culture, tourism, music, folklore and, of course, gastronomy – declares Leonardo di Gioia, head of Assessorato alle Risorse agroalimentari della Regione Puglia. – I’m sure the public at this historical Piemonte’s kermesse will appreciate the undeniable quality of our wines and agrifood. Puglia’s presence here has been possible thanks to a farseeing project, funded by Regione Puglia via Programma di Sviluppo Rurale 2014-2020, rewarding throughout its Misura 3.2 companies who cooperate together to invest in quality and realize promotional activities in aim to give value to our products. This promotional strategy rises from the collaboration between public and private sphere for the benefit of our industry, aiming to consolidate reputation and awareness of our agricultural excellences from our region”.
Puglia wineries members of Consorzio del Movimento Turismo del Vino Puglia will act as spokespersons of Puglia, with its quality goals, its native varieties representing the strength of regional enology and quality regimes: Amastuola – Massafra (Ta) | Antica Masseria Jorche – Torricella (Ta) | Apollonio – Monteroni di Lecce (Le) | Bonsegna – Nardò (Le) | Botromagno – Gravina in Puglia (Ba) | Cantele – Guagnano (Le) | Cantina dei Fragni – Sammichele di Bari (Ba) | Carvinea – Carovigno (Br) | Castel di Salve – Depressa di Tricase (Le) | Conte Spagnoletti Zeuli – Andria | Coppi – Turi (Ba) | De Falco – Novoli (Le) | Duca Carlo Guarini – Scorrano (Le) | Felline – Manduria (Ta) | Feudi di Guagnano – Guagnano (Le) | La Cantina di Ruvo di Puglia – Ruvo di Puglia (Ba) | Li Veli – Cellino San Marco (Br) | Masseria Surani – Manduria (Ta) | Mottura – Tuglie (Le) | Ognissole – Canosa di Puglia (Bt) | Palamà – Cutrofiano (Le) | Pietraventosa – Gioia del Colle (Ba) | Rivera - Andria | Schola Sarmenti – Nardò (Le) | Taurino Cosimo – Guagnano (Le) | Claudio Quarta Cantina Moros – Guagnano (Ta) | Tor De Falchi – Minervino Murge (Bt) | Torrevento – Corato (Ba) | Trullo di Pezza – Torricella (Ta) | Varvaglione – Leporano (Ta) | Vetrère – Taranto.
"We feel as the great novelty factor of this edition, because Puglia takes part to this top-rated event for the first time – declares president of Consorzio Maria Teresa Varvaglione. – We’re introducing ourselves to a very accurate audience, hard to please, used to taste the best italian wine productions; we’ll be there with a remarkable delegation, representing the best from our territory. Three masterclasses dedicated to red and rosé wines, the Wine&Food Stage and a gala dinner to present our feathers in the cap: Primitivo, Negroamaro, Nero di Troia, native varieties with strong personality and unique features, and Bombino Nero, extraordinary local variety at the basis for the first rosé Docg in Italy.
This will be an overview above renowned wines and new productions to discover, which we are sure will pleasantly surprise experts and visitors of Collisioni. We are sure Puglia will reveal here in all its splendour: a land of very high quality wines, as good as the most titled wine regions in Italy.”
Three masterclasses dedicated to the wines of the Consorzio members, a gala dinner in the Barolo Castle and a public event on the Wine&Food stage: those are the scheduled activities to promote the wide and vary Puglia vineyard. The program starts on June 29th with two masterclasses: the first, concerning rosés, rising star in the Puglia productions’ panorama, is scheduled for 10-12.30, while the second, focused on Negroamaro e Nero di Troia, two of the main Puglia autochthonous varieties, is programmed for 13.30-16.00. The third masterclass, saturday June 30th (9.30-12.00), will focus on the other great autochthonous, Primitivo, in all its variations.
Every class will last 150 minutes and will include a specialist workshop and an overview of the participant wineries. A wide group of experts, selected between the international guests of the project, will take part to the classes, tasting the presented wine in interaction with producers themselves. Internationally renowned professionals are expected, such as Alexander Peh, Beverage Director of Four Seasons, Singapore; Mariarosa Tartaglione, Head Sommelier of Marea, New York; Tushar Borah, Head Sommelier of Burj Al Arab; Susan Gordon, food&wine editor of Forbes; Jason Yamasaki, Head Sommelier of Chambar, Vancouver; Evan Watson, owner of Clementine, Toronto; Ian Halbert, Wine Director Gordon’s, New England’s buyer and importer, and many others.
Tastings will go on in the convivial atmosphere of the Puglia gala dinner, on June 29th night, in the courtyard of the amazing Castle of Barolo. Best labels from the participant wineries will be paired to courses expressly created by Alessio Di Micco, executive chef of Ristorante Corteinfiore, Trani. The restaurant, owned by patron Michele Matera, is a member of La Puglia è Servita, consortium reuniting the best Puglia professionals in restoration and hosting under the flag of quality, professionalism, territory, ethics along the whole chain. During the event, operators participating to the masterclasses will have dinner tasting other wines by the participant wineries.
Grand finale, Saturday June 30th, on the Wine&Food Stage: a big tasting to let the winelovers audience of Collisioni discover the variety of wine productions from Puglia. The event, “Vieni a ballare in Puglia” will go on stage starting from 2 pm, anticipating the big Caparezza live show, hosted by Collisioni the next day, July 1st, on the festival main stage. Great wines and food excellences from Puglia will meet Piemonte, with Dop Cheeses by Inalpi. Movimento Turismo del Vino Puglia will present to the audience a wide range of the rich food&wine products of the region, in a gourmet travel from Daunia to Salento, throughout tastings of typical products re-interpreted by chef Alessio Di Micco, in pair with audience will taste Dop cheese made in Piemonte: Toma, Bra Duro D'Alpeggio, Raschera will be presented in the fanciful courses by the starred chef Gian Piero Vivalda, highlighting genuineness and extraordinary features of those cheeses, made with Alpi milk 100% from Italy, in the Inalpi factory of Peveragno.
This initiative is included in the wider project named “I vini di Puglia nelle fiere internazionali del vino”, presented by Consorzio Movimento Turismo del Vino Puglia to be funded by Regione Puglia – Dipartimento Agricoltura, Sviluppo Rurale e Ambientale via PSR Puglia 2014-2020 – Sottomisura 3.2 “Sostegno per attività di informazione e promozione, svolte da associazioni di produttori nel mercato interno”.