Slow Wine Fair

Bologna Fiere

25 Feb - 27 Feb 2024

FROM FEBRUARY 25-27, 2024, WINEMAKERS, ENTHUSIASTS AND INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS – RESTAURATEURS, MERCHANTS, IMPORTERS, DISTRIBUTORS, COOKS, SOMMELIERS – MEET AGAIN IN BOLOGNA TO REVOLUTIONIZE THE WINE WORLD.

Organized by BolognaFiere and Sana, Slow Wine Fair is an international dedicated to good, clean and fair wine.

The fair hosts the third meeting of the Slow Wine Coalition, an inclusive, collaborative and international network that brings together the protagonists of the wine world: winemakers, enthusiasts and industry professionals. It’s an opportunity for debate among all the actors in the network, following in the footsteps of Terra Madre.

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Engage in an immersive exploration of the conferences hosted at the Slow Wine Fair and discover the diverse nuances of the wine world

  • What is healthy soil? From fertility to regeneration

    WINEMAKERS ARE AWARE OF IT, AND SO ARE THE EARTHWORMS!

    Soil fertility and regeneration are crucial elements for agricultural and environmental sustainability. The fertility of the soil depends on its ability to provide nutrients to plants and support crop growth. However, intensive use of conventional farming practices, such as excessive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, has compromised soil fertility worldwide. To address this issue, regenerational approaches are needed to promote microbial biodiversity, encourage organic matter, and reduce erosion. Observing, understanding, and planning is essential for agriculture to be able to mitigate climate change. Healthy soil also contributes to this mitigation by storing large amounts of carbon.

    Speakers:

    • Lydia and Claude Bourguignon, soil microbiologists and winemakers. For over 30 years, they have directed the independent analysis laboratory LAMS, providing advice primarily to farmers.
    • Adriano Zago, consultant and trainer, founder and director of Cambium Formazione, the first international biodynamic master for wine and winemaker.

    Moderator: Giancarlo Gariglio, Editor of Slow Wine.

    This event is free and open to all. We recommend arriving 10 minutes before the start time to secure a seat.

    ORGANIZED BY BOLOGNAFIERE AND SANA BASED ON A CONCEPT BY SLOW FOOD, SLOW WINE FAIR IS THE INTERNATIONAL FAIR DEDICATED TO GOOD, CLEAN AND FAIR WINE. #SLOWWINEFAIR2024

    COUNTRY – Bologna, Italy

    EVENT LOCAL TIMEFebruary 25 – 13:00

  • From the soil to the glass: nuances of terroir

    THE TERM TERROIR REFERS TO A COMBINATION OF NATURAL FACTORS—INCLUDING CLIMATE, SOIL, AND GEOGRAPHY—THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THE DISTINCTIVE CHARACTERISTICS OF AN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AREA, ESPECIALLY SO IN THE CONTEXT OF WINEMAKING.

    Microbial biodiversity, soil health, geological features, and nutrients influence the unique character of wines produced in a specific location, giving them complexity and distinct nuances. At Slow Wine Fair, we’ll delve into this topic with Lydia and Claude Bourguignon, who have analyzed terroirs worldwide. Don’t miss the chance to meet these two magnificent guests and ask them questions.

    Speakers:

    • Lydia and Claude Bourguignon, soil microbiologists and winemakers. For over 30 years, they have directed the independent analysis laboratory LAMS, providing advice primarily to farmers.

    Moderator: Maddalena Schiavone, Slow Wine Coalition focal point.

    This event is free and open to all. We recommend arriving 10 minutes before the start time to secure a seat.

    ORGANIZED BY BOLOGNAFIERE AND SANA BASED ON A CONCEPT BY SLOW FOOD, SLOW WINE FAIR IS THE INTERNATIONAL FAIR DEDICATED TO GOOD, CLEAN AND FAIR WINE. #SLOWWINEFAIR2024

    COUNTRY – Bologna, Italy

    EVENT LOCAL TIMEFebruary 25 – 15:00

  • Community grapes: enhancing native varieties

    WE COULD GO ON DAYS, PERHAPS EVEN THE WHOLE YEAR, TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE EXPERIENCES OF THOSE WINEMAKERS WHO ARE BUILD COMMUNITIES AROUND THE PRESERVATION OF NATIVE VARIETIES, AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES, AND WINES THAT FULLY EXPRESS THE SENSE OF THE TERROIR. AT THE SLOW WINE FAIR, WE EXPLORE:

    • The Taurus Mountains in Turkey, where Heritage Vines of Turkey is committed to safeguarding old vineyards on the brink of extinction.

    • Azerbaijani vineyards, where in some villages in the Shamakhi and Ismailli districts, at altitudes between 700 and 800 meters above sea level, madrasa grapes are cultivated: a Slow Food Presidium.

    • The vineyards of Abruzzo, where the Community of Teatine winemakers are committed to promoting values related to the craftsmanship of production and environmental and social sustainability.

    Speakers:

    • Gozdem Gurbuzatik and Umay Çeviker, Heritage Vines of Turkey

    • Sakina Asgarova, Director of the Department of Gastronomic Tourism Management, Madrasa grape Presidium, Azerbaijan

    • Community of Teatine winemakers

    Moderator: Clara Isamat, sommelier and documentary director

    This event is free and open to all. We recommend arriving 10 minutes before the start time to secure a seat.

    ORGANIZED BY BOLOGNAFIERE AND SANA BASED ON A CONCEPT BY SLOW FOOD, SLOW WINE FAIR IS THE INTERNATIONAL FAIR DEDICATED TO GOOD, CLEAN AND FAIR WINE. #SLOWWINEFAIR2024

    COUNTRY – Bologna, Italy

    EVENT LOCAL TIMEFebruary 25 – 17:00

  • Community Agroecology

    JOIN THE SLOW WINE COALITION TO EXPLORE THE POWER OF SHARING AGROECOLOGICAL EXPERIENCES.

    Agroecology is an important approach to sustainable and environmentally friendly farming, and sharing knowledge is essential to spread and strengthen these practices: from exchanging best practices, collaborative research, and the opportunity to get hands-on in the vineyard! From Galicia to Beaujolais, passing through northern Argentina, the Slow Wine Coalition network is a unique platform for exchanging knowledge and ideas, opening doors to a variety of approaches and solutions from different wine-producing realities worldwide. It acknowledges that this is the future of viticulture: a more sustainable, fairer, and more beautiful future.

    Speakers:

    • Mathieu Collonge, winemaker at Le Domaine de la Roche, Vignerons et Terroirs de Lantignie
    • Gastón Cruz, winemaker at Bodega Don Milagro, Argentina
    • Antón Fernández Noguerol, researcher and Slow Wine Coalition member, Spain

    Moderator: Naiana Argenta, winemaker at Valparaiso Vinhos e Vinhedos, Brazil

    This event is free and open to all. We recommend arriving 10 minutes before the start time to secure a seat.

    ORGANIZED BY BOLOGNAFIERE AND SANA BASED ON A CONCEPT BY SLOW FOOD, SLOW WINE FAIR IS THE INTERNATIONAL FAIR DEDICATED TO GOOD, CLEAN AND FAIR WINE. #SLOWWINEFAIR2024

    COUNTRY – Bologna, Italy

    EVENT LOCAL TIMEFebruary 26 – 11:00

  • Climate in a bottle

    A MEETING TO EXPLORE CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS IN THE WORLD OF WINE PACKAGING, INVITING PROFESSIONALS AND PRODUCERS TO CONSIDER REUSE AND RECYCLING PATTERNS, REDUCE BOTTLE WEIGHT, AND SEEK INNOVATIVE ALTERNATIVES TO TRADITIONAL MATERIALS.

    The main goal is to address the carbon footprint of the wine sector, with particular attention to rethinking the role of glass bottles. In the debate, we analyze the multiple issues related to wine packaging sustainability with stakeholders along the value chain. A unique opportunity to understand diverse perspectives and innovative approaches from professionals, producers, and industry experts, as well as to examine the potential contributions each actor can make to mitigate environmental impact.

    Speakers:

    • Gianluca Zuccarello, Saida/Estal
    • Patricia Toth, Sostain
    • Michele Focus, DecoLab
    • Elisabetta Romeo Vareille, Unione Italiana Vini

    Moderator: Marta Mendonça, Porto Protocol

    This event is free and open to all. We recommend arriving 10 minutes before the start time to secure a seat.

    ORGANIZED BY BOLOGNAFIERE AND SANA BASED ON A CONCEPT BY SLOW FOOD, SLOW WINE FAIR IS THE INTERNATIONAL FAIR DEDICATED TO GOOD, CLEAN AND FAIR WINE. #SLOWWINEFAIR2024

    COUNTRY – Bologna, Italy

    EVENT LOCAL TIMEFebruary 26 – 13:00

  • Experiences in biodynamic viticulture

    Why do many winemakers choose to go biodynamic? With what spirit, objectives, and purposes?

    IN THIS MEETING, CERTIFIED DEMETER WINEMAKERS GATHER TO SHARE THEIR MOTIVATIONS BEHIND ADOPTING BIODYNAMICS, AN APPROACH THAT HAS NURTURED BOTH THE LAND AND THE LIVES OF FARMERS FOR OVER A CENTURY WORLDWIDE. THIS DIALOGUE HIGHLIGHTS THE POWERFUL LIFE FORCE OF BIODYNAMICS, WHICH HAS PROVEN CAPABLE OF DEVELOPING UNIQUE ECOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS WHEN APPLIED TO VINEYARDS. THIS MEETING IS A TRIBUTE TO THE DEDICATION AND PASSION OF FARMERS EMBRACING BIODYNAMICS, RECOGNIZING ITS IMPACT NOT ONLY ON WINE QUALITY BUT ALSO ON THE WELL-BEING OF THE LAND AND PEOPLE INVOLVED IN ITS LIFE CYCLE.

    Speakers:

    • Alfredo Figus, winemaker from Olianas
    • Danila Mongardi, winemaker at Al di là del Fiume
    • Ceci Giancarlo, winemaker at Ceci Giancarlo
    • Kristian Kebler, winemaker at Edi Keber

    Moderator: Giovanni Buccheri, director of Demeter Italia

    This event is free and open to all. We recommend arriving 10 minutes before the start time to secure a seat.

    ORGANIZED BY BOLOGNAFIERE AND SANA BASED ON A CONCEPT BY SLOW FOOD, SLOW WINE FAIR IS THE INTERNATIONAL FAIR DEDICATED TO GOOD, CLEAN AND FAIR WINE. #SLOWWINEFAIR2024

    COUNTRY – Bologna, Italy

    EVENT LOCAL TIMEFebruary 26 – 15:00

  • The network is the future

    ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS ABOUT SLOW WINE FAIR IS THAT PRODUCERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET, EXCHANGE VIEWS ON THE CHALLENGES THEY FACE, THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN OVERCOME, AND, OF COURSE, ON THEIR WINES!

    This meeting is a feedback workshop from the group meeting on Sunday, February 25, but also an opportunity to start tackling future challenges.

    Moderator: Maddalena Schiavone, Slow Wine Coalition

    This event is free and open to all. We recommend arriving 10 minutes before the start time to secure a seat.

    ORGANIZED BY BOLOGNAFIERE AND SANA BASED ON A CONCEPT BY SLOW FOOD, SLOW WINE FAIR IS THE INTERNATIONAL FAIR DEDICATED TO GOOD, CLEAN AND FAIR WINE. #SLOWWINEFAIR2024

    COUNTRY – Bologna, Italy

    EVENT LOCAL TIMEFebruary 27 – 13:00

  • Living soil, living wine

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO REGENERATE THE SOIL? TO CAREFULLY AND LOVINGLY CURATE ITS FERTILITY? WHY IS SOIL SO IMPORTANT, AND WHAT ROLE DOES IT PLAY IN VITICULTURE?

    In this meeting, we start from the very basics, from the soil we cultivate, to demonstrate how it absorbs what we introduce into the environment, processes it, and gives it back. When our actions threaten the nature and fertility of the soil, we jeopardize ecosystems, putting our own survival at risk. But by preserving its fertility and regenerating it, we care for the future future of the planet and coming generations.

    Speakers:

    • Lydia and Claude Bourguignon, soil microbiologists. For more than 30 years they have run the independent testing laboratory LAMS, which advises mainly farmers. Among their books, Soil: a heritage to save
    • Francesco Sottile, professor at the University of Palermo and member of the board of Slow Food International. Among his books, Dalla parte della natura.

    THE TRANSLATION FOR THIS EVENT IS AVAILABLE IN ITALIAN, ENGLISH AND FRENCH.

    ORGANIZED BY BOLOGNAFIERE AND SANA BASED ON A CONCEPT BY SLOW FOOD, SLOW WINE FAIR IS THE INTERNATIONAL FAIR DEDICATED TO GOOD, CLEAN AND FAIR WINE. CONFERENCES, MASTERCLASSES AND AROUND 1000 WINERIES FROM ITALY BEYOND, WITH OVER 5000 LABELS IN TOTAL. SIGN UP TO THE NEWSLETTER FOR UPDATES. #SLOWWINEFAIR2024

    COUNTRY – Bologna, Italy

    EVENT LOCAL TIMEDecember 6 – 18:00

  • Roots against the climate crisis

    PROTECTING THE SOIL IS ESSENTIAL TO MITIGATE THE EFFECTS OF THE CLIMATE CRISIS AND PRESERVE THE QUALITY OF OUR ATMOSPHERE.

    What consequences have landslides and floods had in Emilia Romagna? How can we address the consequences of these catastrophic events? What do the teeming and tireless inhabitants of the vibrant soil tell us? What happens when the vitality of the soil gives way to desertification?

    Speakers:

    • Viviana Ferrario, Associate Professor at IUAV University of Venice, specializing in the transformations of agricultural landscapes over time. Among her books, we highlight “Letture geografiche di un paesaggio storico” (Geographical Readings of a Historical Landscape).
    • Francesco Bordini, agronomist and wine consultant.
    • Adriano Zago, consultant and trainer, founder and director of Cambium Formazione, the first international master’s program in biodynamics for wine.

    ORGANIZED BY BOLOGNAFIERE AND SANA BASED ON A CONCEPT BY SLOW FOOD, SLOW WINE FAIR IS THE INTERNATIONAL FAIR DEDICATED TO GOOD, CLEAN AND FAIR WINE. CONFERENCES, MASTERCLASSES AND AROUND 1000 WINERIES FROM ITALY BEYOND, WITH OVER 5000 LABELS IN TOTAL. SIGN UP TO THE NEWSLETTER FOR UPDATES. #SLOWWINEFAIR2024

    COUNTRY – Bologna, Italy

    EVENT LOCAL TIMEFebruary 7 – 18:00

  • Soil: a common good

    SOIL IS OFTEN CONSIDERED A STATIC ELEMENT OF OUR BIOSPHERE, BUT ITS ONE OF VITAL POLITICAL IMPORTANCE.

    Soil management and conservation play a critical role in determining the well-being of communities and the balance of ecosystems. During this talk we explore the political importance of soil and how policy decisions affect the health of the land and society. Urban planning, industrialization, and agricultural development are areas where soil policies impact on people’s quality of life and the surrounding environment. From urban vineyards to rural winemaking regions, how we can best ensure that the soil is protected?

    Speakers:

    • Íñigo Álvarez de Toledo, author and sustainability consultant specializing in environmental risks. Among his books, The Great Climate Regeneration
    • Saverio Traini, agronomist and vicepresident Biodistretto San Gimignano
    • Pau Moragas Bouyat, manager L’Olivera Cooperative and member of Urban Vineyards Association

    ORGANIZED BY BOLOGNAFIERE AND SANA BASED ON A CONCEPT BY SLOW FOOD, SLOW WINE FAIR IS THE INTERNATIONAL FAIR DEDICATED TO GOOD, CLEAN AND FAIR WINE. CONFERENCES, MASTERCLASSES AND AROUND 1000 WINERIES FROM ITALY BEYOND, WITH OVER 5000 LABELS IN TOTAL. SIGN UP TO THE NEWSLETTER FOR UPDATES. #SLOWWINEFAIR2024

    COUNTRY – Bologna, Italy

    EVENT LOCAL TIMEJanuary 17 – 18:00

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