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The wine by world giants

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Costellation, LVMH, Treasury Wine, Distell Group, Concha y Toro these are the 5 largest wineries in the world and none of them are Italian

Concha y Toro - Barrio

Concha y Toro - Barrio

The first Italian is the Giv -Cantine Riunite in seventh position earning 449 million per year. It seems an enormous amount but in fact it is only one fifth of the American winery Costellation whose yearly business is equivalent 2.494 million Euros. The second in the world is Lvmh group, with 1.664.000.000 € yearly. This is a French luxury company created by Bernard Arnault. The letters – LVMH – Luis Vuitton Moet Hennessy – indicate a group of 60 fashion, jewellery, perfume and wine brands. There is a bit of everything: from the king of diamonds De Beers, to the king of dessert wines Chateau d’Yquem , to the monopoly of great champagne producers to the last arrival, Bulgari. Read more…

Gozo the Island that bewitched Ulysses, Sarkozy and Donatella

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Here Calypso kept Ulysses for seven years. She offered him immortality but he preferred to return to Penelope and set off on a raft

Malta - Gozo - Qala - panorama from our terrace

Malta - Gozo - Qala - panorama from our terrace

Sarkozy came here to regenerate after his first presidential campaign. My husband and I come here often, and we have a house here. In some place the Island is still the uncontaminated paradise seen by Omero’s hero, other places; unfortunately see new constructions and decadent older buildings ruin the landscape. However on the whole Gozo is a magic place.

Plus, it is unrivalled: where else can you find a place that is reachable in just over an hour’s flight, where already in march it is possible to sunbathe, there is no crime, and those who are sick can benefit from a health system among the best in the world …. Not too mention the 7000 years of history, of the monuments, the lifestyle halfway between European and African… the countryside is cultivated on terraces with fields divided by walls on a rocky and hilly land. The coasts fall perpendicularly into the sea and are indented, with gullies similar to the Norwegian fiords. The effect is breathtaking. After five years and many trips we are still surprised.

Malta- Gozo- Qala- Donatella and Carlo’s home -lounge

Malta- Gozo- Qala- Donatella and Carlo’s home -lounge

We are also fascinated by the bakers, who hand make the bread, mixing the dough in small majolica basins, the women sew with their bobbins

On the doorstep , their passion for horses –sometimes they live on the first floor of the houses and they lean out of the windows -, we like the fish that arrives directly on the fishing boats….. We also have an excellent importer – Attard – and when we go to eat out we even find our Brunello on the wine list. What more could we want? In other words we love Gozo

Seen for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini


Tourism 2012 and its musts: authenticity, handicraft and uniqueness

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Hunting for the cheapest of dream trips, internet connections during holidays have tripled .. these and other trends regarding tourism described by Trademark

trend trademark 2011- destinations

trend trademark 2011- destinations

“Trademark trend” is a newsletter whish is sent via internet by Aurelino Bonini the wizard for tourism statistics, the very same who supplies TV and major newspapers anticipations regarding next summer in hotels and evaluations regarding the information received from the regional administrations.

Is this information reliable? His reply is no. The triumphalism during the past few months regarding the arrivals in 2011 is out of place, in fact over the new year there has been a -30% which is really alarming. Also, the ISTAT and Eurostat information do not coincide. In the number of nights stay in hotels there is a strange difference of 100 million stays. Read more…

30 candles for Barolo & Co

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Let me introduce you to Elio Archimede, a gentleman from Piemonte who appears to be good natured but in truth is a guerrilla who for the past 30 years has told the world about the Barolo territory

Elio Archimede

Elio Archimede

I met Elio Archimede when he came to Montalcino to promote our territory. It was during the heroic period f our land when there were few Brunello wine producers, but they were united in the desire to get their value known al lover the world. Archimede set up the communication plan based on real values: the hard work and commitment required by a high quality wine production, the local tradition, the tradition in wine, and lots more…. True values but those from which the Montalcino producers were trying to, maybe subconsciously, break away from, values that have slowly germinated and that now years later are the foundation of he pride of those who make Brunello. In the Liceo Scientifico di Siena (Secondary school based scientific subjects there was a class dedicated to those <<from the county>> relegated to those students, as in medieval times, coming from the province and still today saying <<you’re a farmer! >> is considered a heavy offence. For this reason maybe Elio Archimede seemed, at that time, less brilliant compared to some of his predecessors who structured their communication plan on famous people, glamorous events, and star dust. Today on the contrary his contribution takes on another meaning.

My successive collaboration with Elio Archimede and “Barolo & Co” regards the Movimento turismo del vino(wine tourism movement).

Donatella Cinelli Colombini in the cellar at Fattoria del Colle

Donatella Cinelli Colombini in the cellar at Fattoria del Colle

In this case too I am referring to the heroic years, 1995 or roundabouts. Elio was in charge of the Piemonte delegation. He was convinced that the development of tourism was the way to go in a beautiful territory with vineyards, with extraordinary wines, castles, hamlets and wineries that are gems such as those in Piemonte, Elio Archimede had to convince in a capillary way and met with many obstacles. At that time the wine making regions in Piemonte were not equipped to accept many tourists and more importantly there were few charm hotels

Or rather those able to offer a luxurious welcoming inside a historical context. The restaurants were on the other hand excellent, but regardless of the increase in excursions to wine making locations, the majority of the Piemonte wineries were shut to the public. The hard work of pioneers such as Elio, Mia Rosso, Raffaella Bologna, Anna Abbona has subsequently given excellent fruits but at the beginning it was a hard job.

Barolo &Co

Barolo &Co

Barolo & Co  reflects Elio Archimede: informed, reliable, courageous and even deployed in a firm way. Elio aspires for a wide spread development, a development which will give an opportunity to all and that will emphasize the potential of each territory without upsetting it. Is this utopia? I hope not, because I feel the same way as he does.

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The new wine contests have a female jury

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Women have more importance now as wine experts, producers, buyers and consumers, 4 wine contests underline this with all female juries

Daniela Scrobogna

Daniela Scrobogna

During the past 10 years the importance of women’s opinion regarding wine has constantly grown in importance at the same rate as the increase in numbers and competence of the consumers. At the end of the 20th century, among the tasters of the “Guida dei vini del Gambero rosso” there were only men, today Eleonora Guerini “Lady Wine” has a high level role like Daniela Scrobogna in “Duemilavini” by Bibenda AIS.

The most striking manifestation of the increase of importance of the weaker sex regards wine contests with entirely female juries, there are at least 4 of them:

Wine Women Want” – National Women’s Wine Competition that took place in Santa Rosa California in 2007 and 2008, next edition September 2012. Read more…

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