Source: Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Producers’ Consortium
An event that’s all about “G”. The “G” is that of the Guarantee offered by the D.O.C.G. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita), the highest recognition of quality assigned to Italian wines. This status of excellence is demonstrated by the figures: there are more than 300 D.O.C.s in Italy, but only 44 D.O.C.G.s. And “number 44” is Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, to which Vino in Villa – the International Festival of this inimitable Italian sparkling wine – will be dedicated. In order to celebrate the wine’s new identity and to promote knowledge about the acronym D.O.C.G. (with which consumers are still relatively unfamiliar) the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Producers’ Consortium has decided to assemble together Prosecco Superiore’s 43 (famous and sometimes rare) peers. At a single venue, therefore, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in this “World of G as in Garantito” and sample the wines from all 44 of Italy’s D.O.C.G.s!
The event will offer attractions for every type of visitor. For journalists, there will be the presentation of the new vintage and the conference devoted to the value of Italy’s D.O.C.G.s, but also the meals specially prepared by Alma, the International School of Italian Cuisine, whose Rector is Gualtiero Marchesi.
Alma will also organize Monday’s proceedings, reserved for restaurateurs, wine merchants and other members of the trade. For the occasion its chefs will present Single Act, in other words the modern way of preparing an Italian lunch, increasingly consisting of just a single course. If this is what consumers now demand, a top chef must be able to evolve and express his or her art even in this limited form. During this “food show” and throughout the day, Alma’s chefs will offer their own interpretations. Besides, Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore is a modern wine par excellence because it combines finesse, elegance and liveliness with a moderate level of alcohol, qualities that allow it to be a perfect partner for meals, whether at a sophisticated dinner or an informal lunch.
The setting for Vino in Villa will, as always, be the Castle of San Salvatore, a 13th century fortified village in the heart of the production area for Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore: a name that is admittedly difficult to pronounce, just as it is hard to cultivate vines on the zone’s steep yet spectacular hillsides. Their natural beauty has remained unaltered over the centuries, as can be seen in the paintings of the 16th century master, Cima da Conegliano. In fact, the most important exhibition of Cima’s works ever held will take place in 2010, organized by Artematica at the Palazzo Sarcinelli in Conegliano. Cima: Poeta del paesaggio – 67.000 km per un ritorno alle origini (“Cima: Poet of the landscape – 67,000 km for a return to his origins”) will be the title of this event which, from February until June, will host masterpieces on loan from collections all over the world, fromLondon to New York, and from Paris to Saint Petersburg.
Savouring a wine whilst admiring a work of art will, therefore, be the third offering of this year’s Vino in Villa, aimed at the public at large. Cima da Conegliano is considered to be one of the fathers of landscape painting along with Bellini and Titian, and the hills of the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene area were in fact one of his favouritesubjects. Many of the sites painted by Cima have remained intact over the centuries, thanks to the presence of viticulture, and the extraordinary countryside is one of the best ways to explain the inimitable nature of the Prosecco produced between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene.
Through the collaboration with Artematica, Vino in Villa will give visitors the opportunity to get to know, at one and the same time, an important artist and a unique wine.
The link between them will even be demonstrated by the venue of Vino in Villa itself, because the Castello di San Salvatore was immortalized in one of Cima’s finest works, “La Madonna dell’Arancio”. Vino in Villa, then, will allow visitors to compare the vistas painted by Cima in the 16th century with how they are today, first of all by visiting the exhibition at Susegana and then the major one in Conegliano, but also through excursions to Cima’s locations where a guide will explain, with copies of the paintings in hand, how the countryside in the hills of Prosecco Superiore has changed over the course of the centuries: an original interactive experience. And even if, obviously, the landscape has altered somewhat over the years, it is also true that its essential beauty has been preserved by the practice of viticulture which, indeed, has enriched its appearance. Proof of this is the project for the area to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site which, even though it represents a difficult challenge, is proceeding at a record rate after being approved by the Veneto Region.
There will also be a fourth reason for visiting Vino in Villa: the cultural highlights of the Vino in Villa Symposia held in conjunction with the Ca’ Foscari University, which this year will organize encounters from Thursday 13th May on the theme of “Marvels”, in which the speakers will discuss the connection between language – and in particular dialect – and the landscape.
For more information:
Consorzio per la Tutela del Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene
Via Roma 7 - 31050 Solighetto (TV)
Tel. +39 0438 83028 - Fax +39 0438 842700
What is Vino in Villa?
Vino in Villa 2009