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db Recommends: Borsa Vini 2023

Event Borsa Vini Italiani London
Date / Time Wednesday October 4th 2023 (10:30am – 6.30pm)
Venue Illuminate at The Science Museum, London
Registration link Click here to register

Representatives from 54 companies will gather to share their wines and their stories to members of the drinks trade.
Among those who will be in attendance are producers from the following regions: Sicily, Veneto, Tuscany, Piedmont, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and many more. As well as the walkaround tasting, there will also be two seminars focusing on hot topics in Italian wine, hosted by Italian wine authority Walter Speller.

The first, at 11am, titled Beyond Prosecco – Italy’s rich tradition of sparkling wines explained, will examine more overlooked styles of Italian sparkling wine. These will range from pas dosè expressions to sweeter styles.

Sparkling wine is not just a bubble within Italy – it is an area with huge growth potential, as consumers increasingly see it as a wine style not to be reserved only for special occasions.

The second seminar, at 3pm, will be an exploration of the exciting grape varieties that Italy has in abundance. Estimates of how many indigenous Italian varieties there are range from 500 upwards, from well-known stalwarts like Sangiovese and Nebbiolo to rarer ones that produce fascinating wines. From Piedmont’s Grignolino to Schioppettino from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, this class, titled Indigenous and homegrown – Italian local grape varieties and their adaptability to global warming, will offer a select taste of some of the grapes that should be on your radar.

As winegrowers begin to feel the effects of climate change, the future of Italian wine could well rest on these indigenous varieties, as grapes from these vines tend to be more resistant to extreme weather conditions.

The UK remains a key market for Italy’s wine sector. As of last year, it was the third-biggest market for Italian wine in the world by value, importing more than £695 million worth of wine from the country. When it comes to volume, Italy is the biggest supplier to the UK market, with 238m litres, almost a fifth (19.98%) of all the wine that was imported into the country in 2022.

ITA London director Giovanni Sacchi says: “As we know, the UK market is a prevalent destination of Italian wine and beverage exports, and this year’s trade figures attest this yet again with an increase of almost 14% year on year of the value of Italian wine exports to the UK in 2022. With an increase in the number of producers present compared with last year, taking numbers to 54, we are confident that this year’s Borsa Vini Italiani will be fruitful in encouraging new business partnerships to strengthen and in widening the presence of Italian wines in this country.”

The countdown has well and truly begun, and the seats are limited. Contact the email address below for further information and to secure your spot among the trade members who recognise the transformative power of Italy’s wine prowess. Let 4 October be a day of connections, insights, and growth that only the 2023 Borsa Vini Italiani London can offer.

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