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Alsace VS Piedmont

A French delegation visiting Barolo ... with a bag full of wines!

Events > Indigena Project

Some of the members of the group Les Jeunes Vignerons d'Alsace in delegation to the Barolo Festival.

The new generation of alsatian Vignerons, invited by Ian D'Agata, Scientific Director of Indigena, with us at Agrilab/Collisioni and Barolo Castle spaces. Among them, Mathieu Deiss, Fréderic Hertz, Adrien Schoenheitz, Sebastien Mann, Denis Hebinger, Alexander Schoffit e Victor Roth.

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COLLISIONI'S WINE & FOOD PROGRAM LANDS IN BRUXELLES

Collisioni Festival's Wine & Food Project, under the creative direction of the ...

Events > Indigena Project

The 4th and the 5th of March 2018, Bruxelles hosted the first stage of the international tour of "Indigena" Project, the new Italian wine didactic program treated by Collisioni's Wine&Food Project and by his creative director Ian D'Agata, that in this specific event collaborated with Barbera d'Asti and Vini del Monferrato consortium and with the Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori.

The meeting, as underlined by the Creative Director Ian D'Agata, is just the first stage of the articulated route of Indigena, which puts its hub into the high level formation of professionals about grapes, wines and autochthonus Piedmontese and Italian food. A project to whom Ian D'Agata and Collisioni have been working on for almost three years, with focused incoming on the italian territory and the creation of programs of formation and specialization for people that already work in the sector. A program that this year is structured in a larger way and that includes a series of abroad meetings, tread and driven by Ian D'Agata himself, all under the direction and the format of Indigena: the didactic project dedicated to autochthonous vines, wines and food and to piedmontese and italian denominations.

"Since thirty years by now my passion are native grapes that I wanted to speak of in Native Wine Grapes of Italy" -Ian D'Agata tells- my purpouse is always that of spreading the italian wine and food quality through our grapes and unique raw materials as also their territories that are uniques too.

By this way, Indigena, that will culminate in the international Indigena Festival totally dedicated to native grapes and wines, is a necessary passage and I would say is mandatory for deepening the knowledge and the comprehension of our grapes, wines, food and wine and food territories in foreign experts".

The experts, this time, will be rejoined directly in the nodal cities of the food and wine market, where they will be formed in a professional and scientific manner, but also with an important component of direct experience, thanks to the producers participation. The purpouse is that of moving the public opinion and to set up a network of interest and trend.

The Bruxelles' event program, dedicated to a group of 60 wine professionals from Belgium and Netherlands, articulated on two different days, was about a series of specific masterclasses, set-up to introduce, study in depth and allow the tasting of a few among the major varieties of autochthonous grapes and wines of Piedmont, but also of tipical and regional products. Leading the didactic seminaries, Ian D'Agata, helped by a great friend, the dutch journalist and educator Janna Rijpma (the two respect and frequent each other since twenty years), but also the producers themselves, that were called to give their technical and personal contribute to the didactic explanation.

The purpouse is that of consolidate, into the foreign professionals that have participated, an high level scientific knowledge of the more considerables denominations on the commercial point of view and allow them at the same time to get closer to denominations, grapes, wines and food less known or with a niche production, something that results fundamental for the creation of a complete preparation and for stimulate the interest in discovering even more and more. The first day of the event, created in collaboration with the Barbera d'Asti and Vini del Monferrato consortium, was indeed dedicated completly to Monferrato native grapes and wines, with the participation of several wineries from all the regional territory, expression of a great identity, represented by grapes that give limited production of high quality great wines. The project is in continuity with a special didactic and formative route that the Consortium is carrying on in Italy and abroad. "This is just one of the initiatives – says the president of Barbera d'Asti and Vini del Monferrato Consortium, Filippo Mobrici – that we have begun with Collisioni's Wine & Food Project to train and inform the foreign operators of our wine resources that, in the current historic period of international markets, are living a postive trend of particular interest and curiosity."

The second day was focused instead on the various expressions of Nebbiolo in different territories (Barolo, Roero, Lessona, Colline Novaresi) and on some others important grapes of piedmontese territory: the Moscato Bianco, Vespolina, Nascetta and Uva Rara. To complete the initiative, an afternoon completely dedicated to the discover and tasting of some of the most important products of Piedmont Region: explanation and tasting of products based on Piedmontese Hazelnut IGP, Caraglio garlic and its derivatives, Castelmagno d'alpeggio and the Unico di Valliera, a delicate cheese that is seasoned for six moths in natural caves. "All this, is possible thanks to the active participation of wine and agricultural realities of the Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori and to the contribute of the Associazione Piedmont Good WinesIgor Varrone underlines, Cuneo CIA director – that, thanks to the contribute obtained with the Misura 3.2 ban of the Piedmont Region PSR, could obtain the necessary funds to finance the event."

It is fundamental, as Ian D'Agata still underlines, to sensitize the international landscape on grapes, wines and italian food richness and about our territories and our wines and food. "Be careful, Indigena is not and it doesn't want to be another foreign wine misson, it is instead a format that I have developed with Filippo Taricco, a person that I appreciate a lot and with whom I have been working happily for years. Indigena will be a focal point in native grapes, wines and food and their territories' studies. A continuous storytelling with the earth, autentic products and italian producers that starts form Italy to go abroad and back again to Italy, tempting the great wine names, as much as young professionists, to come directly in the place, touching with their own hands and falling in love with our lands. That afterall is the mission to whom Collisioni is devoted by long time, with full-immersions in specific territories, as the Wine Educational Board and, obviously the Collisioni Festival's Wine & Food Project."



 

 

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Collisioni Vino&Food Project 2017

Another Collisioni Festival has come and gone

Events > Collisioni Wine Project

With the great success of Collsioni Festival 2017, have come to an end also the sixth edition of Collisioni Wine Project as well as the first edition of the brand-new Collisioni Food project: an entire week of tastings and didactic seminars to let the audience of professionals, and amateurs as well, discover the enogastronomic panorama of Italy through its wines and high-quality products, with fortunate and acclaiming feedbacks.

A true "collision" of experiences, passions, knowledge between producers and experts, dialoguing on topics such as great wine grapes, wines and Italian terroirs and regions. Among the great names of the nearly 90 experts participating, the members of the Wine Educational Board, but also, Antonio Galloni, VINOUS founder, Elin McCoy, columnist wine of Bloomberg, Mitchell Davis, Vice President of Jeams Beard Foundation, Brian Bistrong, Chief Chef and Buyer of Dean&Deluca, Nancy Silverton, co-owner and Chef of Mozza in California and Singapore. During the Festival’s week, the Wine Project allowed many sommeliers and international experts to gather in Barolo and to discover not only Piedmont wines, but those of the many Italian Regions participating, giving shape to a true “enogastronomic trip” through the boot-shaped Country: from Friuli Venezia Giulia to Basilicata, from Marche to Sicily, through Lombardy, Veneto, Tuscany and much more.

In addition to the “professional” meetings and tastings, a Wine&Food stage has been conceived to the general public with a series of appointments on the Festival’s weekend: July 15 and 16, with more than 1.000 people participating to 9 meetings dedicated to Italian products and wines with a total of 1.400 portions of products and more than 3.600 wine glasses served. The different events were enriched by the performances of 9 different young bands and with the participation of actors, artists, chefs, bartender interacting with the public.

The Food Project as well, at its first edition, witness a dense calendar of tastings and discussions on mono-varietal oils, cheese from the region and from Italy, typical Piedmont sweetness as Baci di Dama, Baci di Cherasco or Savoy Tarte, with visits to the greatest Chefs of the area to bring the made in Italy in the memory of the experts from all over the world.

I think everybody think of Collisioni as a great fest, a festival indeed” says Ian D’Agata, creative director of Collisoni Vino&Food Project “where many friends meet and exchange opinions, experience but also where they can learn something more about wines, grapes, food and cuisin of Italy and this, in my opinion, Collisioni’s most interesting value”.

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La Festa del Ruché

The W.E.B. in Castagnole Monferrato

Events > AgriLab WEB

This year, the annual festa del Ruché took place on the weekend of May 13 and 14 in Castagnole Monferrato. It was the usual joyous fun event where wine lovers could taste through the almost complete range of Ruché wines produced today, an otherwise near impossible feat to accomplish as these lovely wines are made in small volumes and aren't all easy to find in export markets. This year's edition of the Festa was especially important, as it celebrated both the ten year anniversary of the Festa itself but also the thirty year anniversary of the Ruché wine DOC.

Ruché is an aromatic red grape not unlike a Black Muscat and gives lovely wines that smell of violet, gentian, lavender, cinnamon, quinine and red berries and cherries. Most wines are vinified and age in stainless steel, while others age in oak. Actually Ruché is the name of the grape, while that of the wine is Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato; the latter is the best known fo the seven hamlets in the jurisdiction of which Ruché wines are made. I usually find that Ruché wines delicate spiciness and floral charms are best suited to stainless steel aging only, but I'll admit that there are some spectacular oak aged wnes as well to be had. In general, fresher cooler years, such as 2016, bring out teh varety's innate floral charms more than warmer vintages such as 2015. Overall Ruché wines are delightful and easy to drink, bt can age very well too. The wines that are reported upon by the W.E.B. experts are the best around so look them up and you won't be disappointed.

Ian D'Agata

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Discovering Friuli Venezia Giulia's native red wines

30 International experts discovering Friuli Venezia Giulia excellences Cividale ...

Events > AgriLab WEB

Collisioni keeps on its mission to collaborate with Italian Regions and Institutions to build up new projects of communication and valorization of typical products. After the September event in Marche Region and new partnership growing up, Collisioni Wine Project on the Road was in Friuli Venezia Giulia on November 18 to 20 with a twinning between the great native red grapes of the Region Friuli and a special appearance by native white wines of Piedmont, in front of a selected panel of international experts, journalists, sommeliers and importers, with the purpose of strengthening the positioning of some of the most interesting and less known wines of Northen Italy on the international market, thanks a series of didactic tastings and constructive dialogues. Both the Regional Institutions greatly support the initiative and stress the importance of giving visibility and knowledge of less known, native denominations.

“An important project” Regional Councillor of Friuli Agriculture Cristiano Shaurli states “that aims, in a famous white-wine Region as Friuli Venezia Giulia, at giving the deserved attention to red native wines, excellence valuable to be better known and communicated”. “The presence of white Piedmont wines to the Cividale del Friuli event side by side with red native ones” adds Giorgio Ferrero, Regional Councillor of Piedmont Agriculture “is an important symbol of Regional collaboration. I am glad to see how attention to quality and history of our products is now becoming more and more qualifying, succeeding in building up a concrete and long-term prospective in the Italian agriculture world”. The location of the event will be Cividale del Friuli, UNESCO World Heritage, Romanic site, shelter of early middle-ages architectures. The project’s scientific director will be Ian D’Agata.

The event carries on with the collaboration between ERSA and Collisioni Festival in occasion of Barolo’s Festival when, for some years, some of the greatest excellences of Friuli Venezia Giulia, have been participating. At the same time, the initiative acts in continuity with the project of the Memorandum of Understanding signed up in February 2015 between the Regions of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Piemonte, with a twinship that will welcome in Friuli some of the most important native white Piedmont wines.

“Amongst Italian Regions, Friuli Venezia Giulia is one of the richest of wines by native grapes of very high quality. Well-known since ever for its white wines, truth is it offers some of the most interesting red wines of Italy as well. Experts and amateurs have been fascinated by the great quality of Schioppettino, the Refosco wines, with the Peduncolo Rosso as the most known, Pignolo, Tazzelenghe and others. They are all wines that offer something attractive for palates from all over the world, thanks to the variety of their expressions”. This is, in the words of Ian D’Agata, the spirit of the event. Protagonists, native wines as Schioppettino, the various Refosco, Pignolo, Terrano, Tazzelenghe, denomination of excellence, too often less known by respect to white wines of the Region. An occasion for producers and institutions to offer these great wines to professionals on the international wine market and a unique opportunity to show and narrate the territory and the tradition of Friuli Venezia Giulia, with its wonderful landscape, interesting cuisine, vine culture.

Special Guest of the event, Steven Spurrier, consulting editor for Decanter, for years one of the biggest importers and merchants of Paris and London, founder of the Académie du Vin and of the Wine Course at Christie’s. Under the scientific direction of Ian D’Agata, the event saw the participation of experts form the United States, Canada, China, United Kingdom, Holland, Greece, Germany, Italy, Philippines.

Waiting for Indigena _ In the land of Monferrato

2016, December 11, Costigliole d'Asti

Events > Indigena Project
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Il W.E.B. in Franciacorta

18-19 Febbraio 2017

Events > AgriLab WEB

Franciacorta immersion for Collisioni's W.E.B.

Journalists Bernard Burtschy and Michaela Morris, lead by Ian D'Agata, discovering Franciacorta wine's grapes and how much soil & microclimates affect one of the most well-known Italian sparkling wines

 

Collisioni Festival 2016 Aftermovie

July 14-17

Events > Collisioni Wine Project

Discovering the eight edition of the Agrirock Festival in Barolo

Where music, literanture, cinema, and enogastronomy meet and collide in a unique appointment!

Waiting for Indigena _ Monferrato wines

January 24, Casale Monferrato

Events > Indigena Project

Waiting for Indigena _ discovering Roero wines

2017, February 1

Events > Indigena Project