Saturday, August 28, 2010

Big Wines from the "Little Guys"

Cool, breezy, relaxing. Another evening in Campania…another wine festival…another opportunity to try wines under the stars.


This time it was Castelvenere in Benevento. This time it was Grandi Vini da Piccole Vigne, a wine festival to celebrate the "little guys".

All casual here…A small piazza in a small Benevento town…simple tables, plain yellow tablecloths, white garden furniture…almost as if you were on your front porch, your garden, your terrace.

An occasion to sit back, try wines from some of the top “little” producers from Southern Italy.

Azienda Agricola Ciro Picariello – Capriglia Irpina (Avellino) …Cantina Contrada Salandra – Pozzuoli (Napoli)...Azienda Agricola La Sibilla – Bacoli (Napoli)…Cantina Bambinuto – Santa Paolina (Avellino)… Cantine Luigi Tecce – Paternopoli (Avellino)…Azienda Agricola Salvatore Magnoni – Rutino (Salerno)…Nanni Copè – Vitulazio (Caserta)…A Vita di Vigna De Franco – Cirò Marina (Crotone)…Azienda Agricola Bonavita – Faro Superiore (Messina…)...Azienda Agricola Gennaro Papa – Falciano del Massico (Caserta)...Cantina dei Monaci – Santa Paolina (Avellino…)...Cantina del Barone – Cesinali (Avellino)…Azienda Agricola Pasquale Petrera – Fatalone – Gioia del Colle (Bari)…Tenute del Fasanella – Sant’Angelo a Fasanella (Salerno).

A chance to hear their ideas, their stories, their challenges…To enjoy the fruits of their hard work...sit with them ...laugh with them…converse, exchange, listen and learn.

An event that was definitely a highlight of my summer…

An event that was definitely not to miss…


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