Wine Pleasures organises Italian winery region visit programme: Veneto

5 05 2009


antica-enotria-wine-pleasuresSeveral participating wineries in the Wine Pleasures Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar will be opening their doors to receive motivated buyers interested in getting to know the beautiful wine region of Veneto. 

Sunday 17 May  

Treviso/Venice airport pick up & transfer to Hotel accommodation

19.30 Sfriso Pier winery visit followed by dinner in the winery

Monday 18 May 

Visit of the San Polo – Castello e Cantine Giol – a castle & winery dating back to 1400 – the oldest documented winery in Italy! 

Visit of the traditional and innovative Galileo Vini winery in Santa Maria di Piave.

Bio food with typical local dishes served with local organic wines in the Arcade – Pranzo Enoteca Bio Pizzolato importers-dining

Afternoon visit of the Prosecco hills and visit of the Perlage winery DOCG Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene 

Arrival and check in Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese 

Wines from Italy tasting to include Abruzzo, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardia, Piemonte, Sicilia, Toscana, Umbria, and of course Veneto. This tasting will feature no less than 30 (!!) grape varieties some of which you’ve probably have never heard of so it’s a golden opportunity to add to your grape variety “tasted it list” 

Dinner & wine matching in the hotel 

Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 May 

Private meetings and tastings with winery owners and wine makers. 

winery-visit1Booking and prepayment for the event is required. So email to book your place and get your “it’s a steal” tasting payment (65 Euros) in early as we only have places for 6 fortunate buyers. 

As a hosted buyer you get 3 nights accommodation, all first rate meals, winery visit & workshop prog participation & local transfers.

See you in Italy!


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

Serious wine importers say “we don’t go to large trade fairs – waste of time!

8 04 2009


Recent large trade fairs such as ProWein and Vinitaly are great places to visit if, according to The Tasting Note “you make poor wine or you are a large producer with a fat wallet “There are a lot of big, fancy stands at Vinitaly. Some are there because the wines are crap and they think that by putting on a big show, people will come to them. Others are big because their wines are brilliant, they have made a lot of money and they can afford to put on a big, professional looking display“.

My experience of attending large wine trade fairs ranges from – great place to go for free drinks and food in my younger years to not such a great place for playing hide and seek with small boutique wineries. Nowadays, I find large trade fairs tiring, time consuming, expensive, stressful and highly impersonal and consequently, generally tend to stay clear of them.workshop-casa-gran

Fortunately for the small to medium sized boutique winery there now exists a host of small, stress free, highly personalised events for wineries to get to know small to medium sized serious wine buyers. By small to medium sized buyers I mean they would be looking to order 1-2 pallets a year.

One such event is the Wine Pleasures Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar coming up in May (18 – 20) at the Villa Pace Park Hotel Bolognese in Treviso where producers schedule pre-arranged meetings with carefully selected buyers so that when the event begins both have a schedule of mutually agreed meetings.

RMB Associates, buyers for both the US and Canadian market clearly found what they were looking for at a recent Wine Pleasures Workshop.

C & J Fine Wines based in Manchester  look set to participate in the Italian workshop and are specifically looking out for a Pinot Grigio wine.

Neither companies of course attended Vinitaly or will be attending London Wine.

Here are some buyer comments given in recent interviews comparing the workshop methodology to a large trade fair:

Highly personalised allowing you to make personal relationships with the winemakers – not just taste the wines

You spend a lot of time with the wineries – you dine with them, see them in the hotel, have a laugh with them and of course meet them and get the opportunity to taste their wines several times over two days

It’s a cost effective way of making purchase decisions – we don’t go to large trade fairs – waste of time!

At trade fairs there is not enough time to get to know the people, just taste the wines. At the workshop you get to know the people, which is important if we are to sell their wines.

Another interesting boutique wine event coming up for wine buyers, again in Italy in June is Terroir Vino 2009. Not just any winery can participate in this event. Wineries must first get into a quality circle by having their wines tasted by a panel – if the quality is good then they are in and able to participate in Terroir Vino. Date for this event is Monday 15 June.

Small wine producers and small wine importers do look out for the small boutique events for export/purchase opportunities. They should certainly prove to be an effective alternative to the large trade fair circuit.

I’d like to end with a quote from a wine importer based in Belgium but buying not only for the Belgium market but also, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland:

“It is to my opinion the better way to make assessed purchase decisions. Properly organised workshops with screened buyers and producers that are away from the fairs for the masses allow for time to discuss actual business rather then uselessly shaking hands and putting up smiles. A much more competence oriented way of doing business in a relaxed and convivial but professional atmosphere”. Gusto World by Creative.