Wine Tourism, in Verona the 53rd AIS National Congress about “sommellerie”. Find out all the events organized by the association

Wine Tourism, in Verona the 53rd AIS National Congress about “sommellerie”. Find out all the events organized by the association

The 53rd AIS (Italian Sommelier Association) National Congress will take place from 22nd to 24th November 2019 in Verona.

The Congress will address issues concerning the role of sommelier in wine tourism hospitality including guided tours, wine tastings, masterclasses, conferences.

For this purpose, Verona will have the honour of hosting national leading specialists in the fields of viticulture and oenology, as well as health, safety, law and economy experts involved in the area of vitivinicultural production.

 

 

 

 

AIS National Congress 2019: the role of sommelier in wine tourism hospitality

 

Falling under the theme “The role of sommelier in wine tourism hospitality”, the 53rd Congress seeks to explore issues related to wine tourism experience, the importance of the terroir, future wine tourist flows and more.

In line with this, the Congress will challenge its participants to further explore these topics as well as the contribution of well educated and trained personnel for the development of wine tourism hospitality.

Wine tourism is a significant component of both the wine and tourism industries and it shows economic benefits in most countries worldwide.

Wine and tourism have been connected for many years, but it is only recently that this relationship has come to be recognized by Italian government, researchers and by the industries themselves.

According to Paolo Bortolazzi (AIS Verona), “The aim is to combine wine with the promotion of local territory”.

For the tourism industry, wine is an important component of the attractiveness of a destination and can be a major motivating factor for visitors.

For the wine industry, wine tourism is a very important way to build up relationships with customers who can experience first hand the romance of the grape, while for many smaller wineries direct selling to visitors at the cellar door is often essential to their business success.

The knowledge that the sommelier should possess includes different areas that are interconnected and cannot be overlooked such as: viticulture, winemaking, aspects of knowledge of tourism and hospitality, and other aspects of which the most important are health, law, economy and culture.

The sommelier knowledge is versatile and “It is wrongfully deemed that such a job is very basic and limited to wine serving”, explains Marco Visentin, AIS Academic Coordinator.

 

 

 

Marco Aldegheri, presidente Associazione italiana sommelier del Veneto - AIS Veneto - corsi sommelier

Marco Aldegheri, president AIS Veneto

 

 

Sommellerie and wine tourism: AIS Congress programme

 

53rd National Italian Sommelier Association’s Congress will be held in Verona, next weekend from 22nd to 24th November.

Three days of events that wind their way through meetings, guided tours, wine tasting involving industry operators as well as the wine lovers.

The events begin on Friday afternoon, with PerCorsi: three guided tours, departing from Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Piazza Bra.

“Vulcanici Euganei” in the Euganean Hills and “Tra castelli e filari” in Soave vineyards are scheduled from 14.30 to 18.30.

From 13 to 18.30 the appointment is with “Le Stanze del vino”, to discover the link between the city of Verona and enology.

On Saturday 23 at 10 the Philharmonic Theatre hosts the opening conference dedicated to the present and future of wine tourism.

The focus is of course on terroir as a tourist destination, communication in the world of wine, digital marketing and operator training.

At the same time, Saloni del Gusto PerLage shows the best Venetian sparkling wines in the Congress Centre of the Chamber of Commerce of Verona and the PerGola event opens in Palazzo della Gran Guardia with dishes of the local gastronomic tradition.

The tasting desks host at 11 and 17 some interesting workshops open to the public.

It consists of workshops dedicated to Venetian Bordeaux and Prosecco, to the art of cheese making and the production of meat and cold cuts.

On Saturday evening, the National Congress also involves some restaurants of the old town.

On Sunday 24 other guided tours depart:

  • at 8.00 “Le Ville palladiane e i vini dei Colli Berici”,
  • at 9.30 “Paesaggio Valpolicella”,
  • at 10.00 the appointment is at the Congress Centre of the Chamber of Commerce of Verona with the final challenge of the Competition “Miglior sommelier d’Italia Premio Trentodoc 2019”.

 

The salons scheduled for Sunday include “Vinetia – Guida ai vini del Veneto”, which proposes the wine excellences of the Region at the PalaExpo of Verona Fiere.

Then there is the “Trentodoc – Bollicine di montagna”: wine tasting dedicated to the Trentino Classic Method hosted by the CCIAA Congress Centre.

Other wine tasting are dedicated to the Amarone, the Raboso, the great Venetian passiti and Soave.

All the events in program are accessible only after online registration on the National Congress of the AIS page, where you can download the PROGRAM OF THE AIS CONGRESS on wine tourism and sommellerie.

A free shuttle service is available throughout the weekend and participants with a congress ticket have free access to Durello & Friends from 17.00 on Sunday 24 at the Palazzo della Gran Guardia.

 

Article by Martina Zanetti
veronawinelove@gmail.com

 

 

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Festival in Mezzane di Sotto (Verona). Food, wine, music and culture

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Festival in Mezzane di Sotto (Verona). Food, wine, music and culture

In Valpolicella, as every year, Mezzane di Sotto (Verona) devotes the last two weekends of November to celebrate the extra virgin olive oil.

The appointment with the Festival is for 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 30th November and 1st December.

The location is in Villa Maffei Benini, seat of the Town Hall, where gastronomic and artisanal stands will be set up.

With its rich flavor and its incredible quality in defense of our health, extra virgin oil is essential for the Italian culinary tradition.

During these days, in the heated marquee in the park of Villa Maffei, you can try dishes prepared with local products and enjoy, of course, a glass of Valpolicella or Soave wine.

To mark this occasion, also music events and performances are scheduled.

The Municipal Library of Mezzane, “Andrea Porta”, then organizes in the Room of the Frescoes of Villa Maffei Benini, the Photographic Exhibition “Corners of Lexinia”, with photos by the professional photographer Marco Malvezzi.

In the same location, the Table of Used Books, the Theatre Space (dedicated to theatrical culture), a Childrens Space and the Social Media Corner (dedicated to the use of social media) are also set up.

 

Festa dell'Olio Valle di Mezzane - Verona - novembre 2019

 

Valpolicella, Extra Virgin Olive Oil Festival in Mezzane di Sotto: the program

Friday 22nd November
At 6.30 PM: inauguration and conference “The cultivation of olive trees in our territories in the face of climate change” with the presence of the Mayor and other authorities
Speakers: the director of AIPO, Enzo Gambin, and the director of CODIVE, Michele Marani
At 7 PM: kitchen opening with typical dishes
Music and karaoke with Luka

Saturday 23rd November
In the afternoon at the sport facilities “Sesto torneo dell’Oliva”
At 6 PM: Oil Festival opening
At 7 PM: kitchen opening with typical dishes
U2 Tribute Music with Acrobat, The Fly

Sunday 24th November
At 10 AM: Oil Festival opening
At 12 PM: kitchen opening with typical dishes
At 4.30 PM: Teatro Magico performance “Pianeta Bimbo chiama Terra”
At 6.30 PM: kitchen opening with typical dishes
At 9.30: “Saturday Night fever” with 70s-80s-90s music

Saturday 30th November
At 6 PM: Oil Festival opening
At 7 PM: kitchen opening with typical dishes
At 10 PM: music show by “Fuori Registri” Got Rock Live

Sunday 1st December
At 10 AM: Oil Festival opening
At 12 PM: kitchen opening with typical dishes
At 4.30 PM: soap bubbles show and face painting for the little ones with Mago Bollicino
At 6.30 PM: kitchen opening with typical dishes
At 21.30 PM: 70s-80s-90s music with Dj Aga&Cele

During these weekends in the Room of Frescoes of Villa Maffei Benini, seat of the town hall,  the Civic Library of Mezzane di Sotto organizes the Photographic Exhibition “Corners of Lexinia” (Angoli di Lessinia), with the exhibition of photos of Marco Malvezzi, the Table of Used Books, the Space of the Theatre, a Children’s Space and the Social Media Corner.

 

Marco Malvezzi - fotografo - foto Angoli di Lessinia - Mostra fotografica Festa dell'Olio - Villa Maffei - Mezzane di Sotto - Verona

Marco Malvezzi, photographer. One of the pictures of the photographic exhibition “Corners of Lexinia” (“Angoli di Lessinia”)

 

How to get to Mezzane di Sotto (Verona)

From Verona:

  • take the Strada Regionale Padana Superiore 11 (ex Statale 11) towards Vicenza until Vago di Lavagno. If you use the South ring road, take exit number 1 of Vago di Lavagno
  • at the traffic lights of Vago di Lavagno, turn left and follow the signs for Mezzane di Sotto
  • after a large roundabout, there is the village of San Pietro di Lavagno. Go straight on for about 7 km and you are arrived in Mezzane

 

From Vicenza:

  • take the Strada Regionale Padana Superiore 11 (ex Statale 11) towards Verona to Vago di Lavagno
  • At the traffic lights of Vago di Lavagno, turn left and follow the signs for Mezzane di Sotto
  • After a large roundabout, there is the village of San Pietro di Lavagno. Go straight on for about 7 km and you are arrived in Mezzane

 

From the Serenissima Motorway:

  • Exit Verona Est. Take the South ring road towards Vicenza. Exit at exit number 1 of Vago di Lavagno
  • At the traffic light turn left following the signs for Mezzane
  • After a large roundabout, there is the village of San Pietro di Lavagno. Go straight on for about 7 km and you are arrived in Mezzane

 

Not just oil …

Going to the “Festa dell’Olio della Valle di Mezzane 2019” (Extra Virgin Olive Oil Festival) is also a good opportunity to discover the territory of the beautiful Mezzane Valley that lives on agriculture.

In addition to extra virgin olive oil, Mezzane di Sotto with its excellent wineries produces Valpolicella and Soave wines, within two important and internationally appreciated DOC.

Article by Martina Zanetti
veronawinelove@gmail.com

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Italian wine tasting, festivals and more in Verona and in Italy. Read the calendar of the top events in December 2019

Italian wine tasting, festivals and more in Verona and in Italy. Read the calendar of the top events in December 2019

Whether you are a wine lover for your own enjoyment or if you work in the field, check your calendar for December 2019 and mark down those events to attend in Verona and in Italy.

Plan your vacation and include any of these wine events: from visit in cellars, to wine local festivals and tasting events with live music.

 

Wine events in Verona in December 2019

 

CHOOSE YOUR BEST ITALIAN WINES ON THE WEBSITE VINOPURO.IT (in Italian)

 

Wine events in Italy in December 2019

 

  • December 2019
    • 29 novembre-1 dicembre 2019, La Terra Trema, fiera gastronomica e festa contadina con degustazioni ed eventi culturali collaterali, Milano
    • 30 novembre-1 dicembre 2019, Vins Extrêmes, degustazioni di vini eroici da tutto il mondo, Bard (Aosta)
    • 30 novembre-1 dicembre 2019, Food & Wine in Progress, la più grande rassegna enogastronomica delle eccellenze toscane. In degustazione 1000 vini di 150 cantine, Firenze
    • 30 novembre-2 dicembre 2019, The Milan Coffee Festival, manifestazione dedicata al caffè, Milano
    • 1-2 dicembre 2019, Vini Corsari, 30 vignaioli europei nel Castello di Barolo, con degustazione e vendita. Barolo (Cn)
    • 7-8 dicembre 2019, Bassano Wine Festival 2019, mostra mercato con le cantine d’Italia, Villa Morosini Cappello a Cartigliano, Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza)
    • 9-10 dicembre 2019, Orange Wine Il nuovo colore del biancodegustazione di vini bianchi macerati di 50 vignaioli naturali in arrivo da tutta Italia e paesi limitrofi, Agazzano (Piacenza)

 

 


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Martina Zanetti
veronawinelove@gmail.com

 

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