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SALONE DEL GUSTO: Presentation of the Italian Wines Guide, 2003

Italy - 26 Oct 02

It was a full house this morning, at Lingotto’s Giovanni Agnelli auditorium for the official presentation of Vini d’Italia 2003 (Italian Wines Guide). The 1,300 strong audience,” said editor Gigi Piumatti, “our guide has gone on to become an incredible success.” 35,000 copies of the first edition were printed, featuring 30 Italian wines with the coveted Three Glasses Award. This year marks the seventeenth edition of the guide; 150,000 copies have been published in three languages and 250 Three Glass symbols awarded. “The quality of Italian wines just keeps improving,” Piumatti said, claiming that the 20,000 wines tasted by the panel of 100 experts for this years guide, provided “an embarrassment of choice”. Carlo Petrini then spoke directly to the winemakers in the audience. “You must never forget the rural culture that you come from,” he said. “Always remember that you are farmers, and your work is just as valid as that of the farmers who grow eggplants or apricots or raise cows, and who don’t enjoy the fame and fortune that you do.” The pursuit of biodiversity—that is the central theme of this year’s Salone, Petrini insisted that saving agricultural diversity is vital also to the wine industry. He quoted French wine maker Paul Pontallier from Château Margaux, arguing that good wine is all and only about “passion, terroir and history.” Petrini continued by arguing that here in Italy, “We have all three, but many wine makers have forgotten where they’ve come from and how to express their roots and history”.A tasting of 2003’s Three Glass wines will take place this afternoon, Saturday October 26, on the north ramp of the Lingotto Center. Among the special awards in this year’s guide are:
Red wine of the year: Pàtrimo ’00 Feudi di San Gregorio
White wine of the year; Collio Chardonnay Gräfin de La Tour ’00 Villa Russiz
Winery of the year: Ca’ del Bosco