Wines from Italy tasting & Workshop in Treviso, Veneto

28 04 2009

For those of you able to travel to Treviso in Veneto, Wine Pleasures will be hosting an Italian tasting, food matching & workshop from 18 to 20 May 2009. Here are the details –organic-workshop-vintesa1

18 May 18.00 to 20.00

Themed tasting of wines (conventional, organic & biodynamic) produced by small boutique wineries from Abruzzo, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardia, Piemonte, Sicilia, Toscana, Umbria, Veneto. Followed by a wine matching dinner of both traditional and fusion Italian cuisine.

19 & 20 May 10.00 to 17.00

Private meetings & tastings with small boutique wineries. Italian wine & food matching lunches & dinners in the Hotel.

bolognese3This event will be held in the lovely Venetian Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese of the late 1800’s located along the Terraglio, the ancient Napoleonic road that links Treviso, a wonderful medieval city surrounded by walls of the 1500’s, to Venice with its suggestive attractions.

Among the wineries will be – Antinori, Gigi Rosso, Ronoc di Prepotto, Donnadicoppe, Trerè, Perletti, Martinez, Cenatiempo Vini d’Ischia, Sfriso Pier, Provenza, Vicentini, Poggio al Santino, San Giovanni, Bennati, Tenuta Grimani, Ferliga, Giol, Loacker, Luna del Rospo, Terre di Ger, Selvanova, Castellari Bergaglio, Punset, Fasoli Gino, Antica Entoria &

The enrolment fee is €65. If you are a member of Bravo Italy Gourmet you will receive a discount of €10 (contact them for the promotional code). Payment is required in advance by credit card or bank transfer.

We have kept the registration fee as low as possible and, frankly, it is a bargain when considering what it includes:

•Workshop participation including seminar, themed wine tasting and networking opportunities.
•2 nights accommodation in the Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese with breakfast
•Full course wine matching lunches and dinners in the hotel
•Transfers to and from Treviso airport on day 1 and day 3 of the event
•A permanent wine tasting area for the duration of the workshop
•Wine Pleasures wine tasting kit – free to take home.

To enrol please complete the Registration Form or call Wine Pleasures (+34 93 897 70 48) to book your place. Alternatively, you can email us –

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

If you are already enrolled or in the process of enrolling please feel free to pass the news of this exceptional event on to someone who you feel might wish to participate.

With very best wishes,

Wine Pleasuresn Team
T. +34 93 897 70 48


Wine Pleasures teams up with Bravo Italy Gourmet for the Buyer meets Italian Workshop

24 04 2009


Strange as it may seem Wine Pleasures has been struggling to attract Italian wineries to participate in the 1st edition of the Wine Pleasures Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar.  With already established and successful Spanish and Organic versions in their 5th and 3rd years respectively, Wine Pleaures saw the need to get some local help.


Bravo Italy Gourmet  were quick to suggest a collaboration.

“Bravo Italy Gourmet is the first Italian e-marketplace who developed the strategic meeting between international importers and Italian wine and gourmet food producers sharing a common wish to promote Italian gourmet products on international markets.

It is a place where food producers and foreign importers can meet, discuss, exchange ideas and make business agreements without the burden of linguistic and other cultural barriers.”

Wineries enrolling for the Wine Pleausres Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar and who are members of Bravo Italy Gourmet will enjoy a 10% discount on the current enrollment fee.

Buyers too can get a discount by joining Bravo Italy Gourmet. Simply complete the registration form – and it’s free!

Wine Pleasures is also participating actively on the Italian Social Network, Vinix where we have published several articles, offers, videos and photos related the Workshop concept. Wineries who are members of Vinix will also get a favourable rate on the enrollment fee.

The 2009 Wine Pleasures Workshop: Buyer meets Italian Cellar will take place in Treviso, Italy, from May 18 – 20, 2009. Bringing together small to medium sized boutique wineries of all regions of Italy including: Veneto, Sicilia, Campania, Lombardia, Abruzzo, and Toscana and wine importers, wholesalers, retailers and HORECA from around the world, this year’s workshop will be the first of its kind in Italy.perlage-organic

We have ensured that buyers will experience the incredible range and diversity of Italian wines. We’re talking about light crisp soft whites such as Pinot Grigio, the slightly sweet and fruity Soave white, the various kinds of Marsala and fortified wines of Sicily, big and bold Toscana reds and even bubbly and expressive sparkling wines of Veneto. In short, we are absolutely confident that by the end of this Wine Pleasures Workshop you too will have an even greater love of Italian wines, and a much greater understanding of what this country can produce. Organic and biodynamic wines will also be well represented.

In addition, all participants will experience wine matching of both traditional and fusion Italian cuisine, have some fantastic chats over lunches and dinners and also take part in an informative seminar on the social media and take part in a themed Italian tasting as well as, of course taking in part in one to one private wine tasting meetings with wine makers and winery owners.  Sounds BRILLIANT, doesn’t it?

To enrol as a winery please complete THIS FORM

To enrol as a buyer please complete THIS FORM

Colli Vicentini (Veneto) bring Garganega to the Wine Pleasures Buyer meets Italian Cellar

20 04 2009


colli-vicentiniColli Vicentini will be participating in the Wine Pleasures Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar next month. Buyers will be able to not only try their Garganego Vicenza DOC wine but will also be able to taste wines made with Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Durella and Tocai Rosso grapes.

Here’s what Colli Vicentini have to day about their winery and wines:

Colli Vicentini sca _ “Among the vineyards in the hills of Vicenza“.

On the trail of an ancient vine-growing tradition, our generation grow with the passion for good wine, the spirit of our fathers’ self-sacrifice, the bond with our land and the strong motivation for the achievement of important goals.

Colli Vicentini cellar is located in Montecchio Maggiore, in the province of  Vicenza, next to the castles of Romeo and Juliet and near to magnificent Palladian villas, just at the foot of Colli Berici (Berici Hills)  in an area of ancient winemaking tradition.

Founded in 1955 by 33 enthusiastic vine-growers, the cooperative can count on 1,400 members and on 2,000 hectares of vineyards mainly located in the surrounding hilly region with its excellent microclimate and sun exposure. The environmental condition are very favourable and this area was covered by vineyards since ancient times as documents of the XIII century report.

Colli Vicentini s.c.a. found out the peculiarities and  the best expression of the several vine-growing areas

according to the vines that are the more suitable for them, by optimizing the cultivation and by putting “the right vine to the right place”. The purpose is to promote and to stress the importance of the connection between wine and territory.

Thanks to the experience of skilled agronomists and oenologists, the cellar guarantees the process “from vine to wine” through the constant monitoring of the production, the diversified selection of grapes and the vineyards checking aimed to improve the territory control and to produce quality wines.

The commitment undertaken by the winery is to aim at the quality of the wines by safeguarding the characteristics of vines and by maintaining local traditions. Carrying out appropriate technological solutions, a totally new area has also been set up where the grapes withering, the refinement in barriques or in bottles of selected products and the preparation of sparkling wines according to the Classic Method take place.

Beside the most renowned grapes like Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet, etc.. we provide Italian and foreign customers with a wide selection of still, demi-sparkling and sparkling wines and some autochthon wines such as our sparkling Lessini Durello Spumante Brut that has recently been the protagonist during many events in Italy and international events.

If you would like to meet Colli Vicentini please contact them through their web site or enrol to attend the  Wine Pleasures Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar

San Giovanni (Veneto) to participate in the Wine Pleasures Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar

15 04 2009


Good news for buyers attending the 1st edition of the Wine Pleasures Buyer meets Italian Cellar interested in Prosecco Spumante DOC Di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene.

Treviso (Conegliano) based Azienda Vinicola San Giovanni work mostly with the Prosecco grape variety. They also produce some  still wines: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cabernat Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot amonst others. Here is what they have to say on Treviso, their wines and winery:

san-giovanniTreviso has always been considered one of the most important provinces in the Venetian region for its viticulture and winemaking.

This is mainly due to the fame of its white wines (especially Prosecco) produced in the hilly district, especially in the area of Conegliano. SAN GIOVANNI is an agricultural concern located right in the hills of this area. The entire Perini family works in the business and this is why SAN GIOVANNI is a perfect combination of the experience and tradition of their grandparents, the passion, culture and continuity of the adults and the enthusiasm of the younger ones for all the innovations in the enterprise. The family has passed down the traditional vintage and winemaking techniques from one generation to the other, thus producing delicious wines that develop the perfumes and tastes of times gone by.

If you would like to contact San Giovanni please do so through their website – only in Italian I’m afraid. If you would like to join Mr Alberto Perini at the Wine Pleasures Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar please complete a Registration Form.

Casa Vinicola Bennati (Veneto) to participate in the Wine Pleasures Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar

14 04 2009


The 2009 Wine Pleasures Workshop: Buyer meets Italian Cellar will take place in Treviso, Italy, from May 18 – 20, 2009. Bringing together small to medium sized boutique wineries of all regions of Italy including: Veneto, Sicilia, Campania, Lombardia, Abruzzo, and Toscana and wine importers, wholesalers, retailers and HORECA from around the world, this year’s workshop will be the first of its kind in Italy.

Logo_Bennati_ok.epsVerona based (Cazzano di Tramigna) Casa Vinicola Bennati (Soave DOC & Valpolicella DOC) will be participating with a wide range of high quality wines which have already notched up favourable reviews both in Italy and in International markets. Here is background information on the Bennati winery:

“Mr Antonio Bennati was born in the year 1870 in Cazzano di Tramigna, a few kilometres from the celebrated town of Soave near Verona. At the end of the 19th century Mr Antonio began to produce and sell wine, above all locally, with the famous straw flasks.

Antonio was also nicknamed “Toni Recioto” from the homonym Verona sweet straw wine, as the winemaking of the more renowned Amarone had not been discovered yet.

It was in 1920 that his son Annibale Bennati registered the company with the name Cantine Bennati (Bennati Wineries). The purchase of some hectares north of Cazzano took place in those years. This area was already denominated in topographic maps of that time “Cornalè”, which is a current range of wines of the Bennati family. 

After the second world war, with the entry in the company of the young sons Ezio and Aldo, the winemaking expanded reaching all the most important varieties of Verona wines.

Therefore the selection I Gadi came to life, from the homonym area close to Cazzano, exalting and plugging the vineyard site. Then we recall the classic Soave, Bardolino, Valpolicella, the “White of Custoza” and the great Amarone.bennati-barricas

At the end of the eighties, with the entry of the fourth generation, that is of the sons Antonio, Paolo and Giorgio, the Bennati family decided to undertake the hard but gratifying way of quality.  

Thus the selection Soraighe arose, an area located on the borderline between the Val Tramigna and the Val D’Alpone, exalting in a deeper and more remarkable way the great Verona wines that all the world envy, namely the interesting Valpolicella Ripasso, the fresh Lugana, the very good Classic Soave, the class Ireos and the austere and precious Amarone.

In this period important investments in technology took place, in particular the purchase of a big wine barrel cellar (barricaia) for the refining of the red wines, giving a significant qualitative boost to the entire production chain.

In confirmation of the big sacrifices and the success obtained the positive judgements from international and local critics could not fail. These have materialized with the prize-giving and the recommendation in some wine guidebooks.

If you would like to contact the Bennati winery about their wines and winery please do so through their web site. If you would like to particpate as a buyer at the Wine Pleasures Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar please complete an enrollment form.

Wine Pleasures chooses Treviso (Veneto) for the 1st Buyer meets Italian Workshop

13 04 2009


veneto-map1Wine Pleasures has chosen Treviso, Veneto for the 1st edition of the Wine Pleasures Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar. Served by two nearby airports, Treviso and Venice, it should not prove difficult for buyers to get to.

The Veneto wine-producing region is one of the most important in Italy both for quality and quantity. The region counts over 20 DOCs and a variety of sub-categories.

Perhaps the best known DOCs are Bardolino, from the town with the same name and surrounding the shores of Garda Lake, Valpolicella, and Soave. Other noteworthy wines produced here are the white Bianco di Custoza, the sparkling Prosecco, the Breganze, and the Amarone (a rich and powerful red from the Verona province).

The importance of winemaking in this region is underscored by the creation in 1885 of the very first Italian school for vine growing and oenology. In addition, Veneto was the first region to constitute the first strada del vino or “wine road”. This first wine-touring road featured special road signs providing information on vines and the wines they were made into and joined the Valdobbiadene and Conegliano DOC zones crossing a series of hilly vineyards.

As one might expect there are several wineries taking advantage of the Wine Pleasures Workshop taking place close to their wineries and homes. These are Casa Vinicola Bennati (Verona) Soave DOC AND Valpolicella DOC, San Gionvanni (Treviso) Prosecco DOC di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, Sfriso Pier (Treviso), Tenuta Grimani (Verona) Soave DOC and Garda DOC and Vicentini (Vicenza) DOC Vizenza, DOC Lessini, DOC Gambellara, DOC Berici.

Wine Pleasures limits the number of wineries from any one region. This means that participating buyers are guaranteed a wide range of wines from varied wine regions. Each wine region has a maximum number of 8 places which means there are still places available for 3 more wineries from the Veneto region.

Martinez (Sicilia) bring Marsala and fortified wines to the Wine Pleasures Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar

9 04 2009


Wine Pleasures is pleased to announce a first! – fortified wines present at a Wine Pleasures Workshop.

martinez-1In 1866 Carlo and Francesco Martinez founded MARTINEZ, a winery destined to become one of the most ancient firms in Marsala.

Marsala is the west part of the island of Sicily. In 1798 the Sicilians managed to substitute their own wines in place of the standard rum in an English naval shipment. In those seafaring days, something had to be done to wine to allow it to last the long ocean journeys. Brandy was added to allow the wine to last longer, and to be more resistant to temperature changes. These were called “fortified wines”. production-area-marsala

Once the British had a taste of Marsala, demand grew quickly. In the US during Prohibition, things became even more interesting. The typical Marsala bottles made the wine look like medicine. People found that getting Marsala was less risky than other types of wine. While not as popular now, it is still used quite frequently as a cooking wine in Italian dishes.

Marsala uses the following grapes:

  • white skin/berry grapes: Grillo, Catarratto, Inzolia and Damaschino for golden and amber Marsala
  • dark red skin/berry grapes: Pignatello, Calabrese, Nerello Mascalese, Nero d’Avola for ruby red Marsala

Marsala is made in the “solera” tradition – a melding of years. First, a keg is filled with wine from the current vintage of grapes. Subsequent years with similar tastes are placed in kegs above the first. When liquid is drawn out of the bottom (oldest) keg, it is refreshed with liquid from the next keg up, and so on. In this manner, the taste remains the same throughout the cycle, and every bottle you get has (potentially) some liquid from the very first vintage.

Types of Marsala

  • Fine: 17° alcohol, aged >1 yr
  • Superiore: 18° alcohol, aged >2 years
  • Superiore Riserva: 18° alcohol, aged 4 years
  • Vergine Soleras: 18° alcohol, aged 5 years

Marsala was traditionally served between the first and second courses. It is now also served, chilled, with Parmesan (stravecchio), Gorgonzola, Roquefort and other, spicy cheeses.

Martinez are now in their sixth generation as they continue to elevate the tradition and the quality, looking always to improve and fulfill in modern market needs.

The Martinez winery covers about 6,000 square metres of area and includes the wine processing one, the Marsala wine ageing and the bottling area. It has a capacity of 40,000 hectolitres,  8,000 of which in oak and cherry-wood casks, necessary in Marsala wine and fortified wines ageing process.

Martinez have always been interested in long ageing wines and old reserves. They produce six kinds of  Marsala:

 In Fortified Wines they make 5 kinds. They also have 4 table wines to offer buyers attending the Wine Pleasures Workshop.

If you would like to find out more about Marsala, Marsala substitutions, sweet vs dry marsala, storing marsala, matching suggestions…. please feel free to contact the winery through their website.

martinez-museo1If you are a wine importer/merchant then come and meet Agnese of the Martinez winery at the Buyer meets Italian Workshop. Just complete the enrollment form.

 Wine tourism

Good news for wine tourists! Martinez is open for visits and would be delighted to see people who are interested in learning about marsala wines and wine making.