Drinking at Salone: Wine and More

Here’s a glimpse of the wide, sophisticated selection of flavors to savor in Taste Workshops dedicated entirely to the world of wine, beer, and cocktails at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2018. Starting with wines: This week we highlight some of the irresistible delights that you’ll find in the Taste Workshops.

Whether you’re looking for something new and exciting, or subtle and challenging, we’ve got just the thing to quench your curiosity. Here’s a compass to help you navigate the sea of wine that will make the 12th edition of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto truly extraordinary.

 The Enoteca, open every day in the Palazzo Reale courtyard, will offer more than 600 Italian wines from the Progetto Vino (to which 11 tastings will be dedicated), 200 wines that have won the Slow Wine Snail Award, and over 100 wines from Triple A (Agricoltori, Artigiani, Artisti).

Our libation vacation begins with a sip of Italian wine

Wine Terra Madre

Since Terra Madre Salone del Gusto takes place on the doorstep of the famous Langhe and Monferrato regions, let’s begin with some Piedmontese reds. The Domenico Clerico winery, from Monforte d’Alba, will present interesting nebbiolo-based wines—including the great Barolo DOCG—that reflects the strong character of both the producer and the Langhe. Nebbiolo grapes from Piedmont also make Barbaresco DOCG, slightly lighter and less tannic than Barolo. Don’t miss the Martinenga Barbaresco from the renowned cru owned by the Marchesi di Grésy family.

Let’s make our way to a more popular, but equally high-quality tradition: the welcoming wines of barbera. In the workshop The Diversity of Barbera you will learn to appreciate the differences between Barbera d’Asti and Barbera d’Alba, two wines made from the same grape but which, thanks to different terroirs, each have their own distinctive characteristics.

Leaving Piedmont for a trip across Northern Italy, we arrive in Veneto. Here, we recommend sipping a glass of Soave, and the one to choose is Pieropan: This historic winery will offer a double vertical tasting with parallel vintages to introduce you to a philosophy that has given rise to one of Italy’s great white wines.

Heading south, we find Fiano di Avellino, Italy’s great age-worthy white. With its elegance, the Fiano di Avellino DOCG from Pietracupa winery reflects, vintage after vintage, a dedication to excellence. We’ll have the opportunity get to know this winery with a vertical tasting of six vintages.

Finally, if you drink just to celebrate, then you’re in luck, because this year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo denomination! Taste six of the harmonious, spicy wine from the 2015 vintage. If you are looking for another taste of Montepulciano try the Emidio Pepe Vertical Tasting.

We will also turn the spotlight on natural and biodynamic wines. The debate between natural wine enthusiasts and detractors remains very much alive: There is still strong resistance from lovers of good drinking who fuel the narrative that natural wines are burdened with defects, making them difficult to appreciate for attentive tasters with classical training. In the workshop Wines Dictated by Nature, through a blind tasting of three wines from producers in different regions, we will discover the story of an approach to winemaking based on tradition, culture, and respect for the environment. Among the wineries presented in this workshop will be Tenuta di Valgiano (from Lucca Province), one of the most successful biodynamic producers on the international wine scene. The vineyards at Tenuta di Valgiano are managed with the most sensitive agricultural practices, with the aim of growing the highest quality grapes, able to fully express the terroir.

 Let’s not overlook the international tastings

We recommend several unmissable vertical tastings from around the world. First stop, Lebanon: Chateau Musar is a wine on par with the great Bordeaux that inspired it, and reflects 40 years of winemaking in the Middle East. Next, deepen your knowledge of specific regions with a visit to Alsace: The Deiss family, advocates of biodynamics and complantation (the art of growing multiple varieties side-by-side, and the oldest known viticultural practice in Europe), will present their wines, all from the Alsace denomination. From Corsica comes a selection of reds and whites from Patrimonio, the island’s most important denomination. There will also be a special event dedicated to the wines of Central Europe: Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Germany are all gaining greater recognition in the wine world, and in this workshop we will explore Mitteleuropean wine with producers dedicated to the principles of organic and biodynamic agriculture. We will identify the commonalities and distinctive features of six of the region’s most characteristic wines.

And that’s not all! We will go to the Balkans, home of the oldest winemaking tradition in Europe, to taste ancient local varieties grown by small-scale producers who embrace the Slow approach, work on a human scale, and respect nature, terroir, and local heritage. Finally, we will take a tour through Europe to learn about the rediscovery of amphora wines, the most original and authentic expression of wine, starting with the Georgian Amphora Wine Slow Food Presidium.


To see all of the Slow Wine events, click here.

For all the details about what you can find at the Enoteca, click here. 


Still not feeling tipsy? Soon we will bring you a preview of the events and workshops dedicated to beer and cocktails!

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