Friday, May 23, 2014

Cantine Aperte with Movimento Turismo del Vino this weekend

The Movimento Turismo del Vino is a non-profit that began back in 1993. It consists of about 1,000 members from some of the top wineries in all of Italy covering all 20 regions of the country. Their mission is to expand the wine tourism industry in Italy, which is a major source of income for thousands throughout the country. It's to educate folks on the products of these wineries, while also demonstrating how the wine world in Italy operates through the traditions of the regions and wineries, along with the focus on being environmentally friendly and developing the territories in order to produce quality products for consumption.

From their website here are the goals of the Movimento Turismo del Vino:

  • “promote wine culture by visiting the produc­tion sites;
  • support the growth of tourism in all Italian regions with a strong winemaking vocation;
  • qualify the wineries tourist services
  • enhance the image as well as the economic and employment outlook of the wine areas.”
They host a number of events throughout the year including one this weekend on May 24th and 25th called “Cantine Aperte”, meaning “open cellars”. Throughout all of Italy in each region the wineries open their doors and invite in wine lovers from all over the world to become educated about the wine industry throughout Italy and be able to explore cellars, meet the folks that produce these wines and taste some of the greatest wines of the world. 
rainbow over vineyards in Orvieto Italy
So if you're fortunate enough to be in Italy at the moment make sure to visit your local wineries or drive to a new region and explore their wines. Otherwise, maybe considering checking out one of their events throughout the year and making a beautiful vacation out of it exploring a new region and incorporating in one of their events. Or, have you been to one yet and which one did you attend?

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