<<We need food and wine production that guarantees us a good, clean and just future rather than undermining it. And here at Bologna Fairs there are hundreds of producers and producers of the Slow Wine Coalition who share in-depth and honest reflections on wine and who are already making a path to protecting biodiversity, safeguarding soil fertility, with a very high sense of responsibility towards the territory and the landscape. Slow Food is a work of awareness, education, and advocacy towards political decision makers and we also do so together with the producers who are present here» said Barbara Nappini, president of Slow Food Italy, on the occasion of the inauguration of the second edition of the Slow Wine Fair, the event organized by bolognafiere with the artistic direction of Slow Food, which from today to Tuesday 28 brings together 750 producers of good, clean and fair wine from all over Italy and 21 countries.
«The Slow Wine Fair is proof of how important the fairs are for the agri-food sector also in 2023, as we can see from the significant presence of exhibitors and visitors. The fairs support those who produce in a logic of territorial districts, but they also represent an opportunity to reflect, define strategies and confront with those who are preparing new rules for the sector. At bologna fairs, in particular, in addition to the Slow Wine Fair inaugurated today, at Sana, the international exhibition of organic and natural, and at Marca, the only Italian fair dedicated to the commercial brand, in November we will have the Independent Winegrowers Wine Market. A calendar that shows how the fair is increasingly a place where you can reason in terms of sustainability, with great attention to local and national, and at the same time a strong opening to export and internationality», reiterated Gianpiero Calzolari, president of bolognafiere.
At the inaugural conference the future of wine is good clean and right intervened the Councillor for Agriculture of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Alessio Mammi, who stressed that the Slow Wine Fair focuses on the production process and its impact on the environment and work, and the Councillor for Agriculture and Food of the Municipality of Bologna, Daniele Ara, who highlighted how the event is part of the journey that the city is making on food policy to train citizens and in particular the new generations. Among the partners, Brunella Saccone, Director of Food and Wine Agency ICE, who highlighted the interest of international buyers, in particular from the United States, Germany, United Kingdom and China towards organic, and Maria Grazia Mammuccini, president Federbio, who recalled the battle of organic producers so that it is those who produce using synthetic chemistry to worry not to harm those who work in the respect of the health of the environment and people. Battle which will be discussed in the conference on Monday 27 to 14.30 Accidental and technically unavoidable contamination of plant protection products in organic farming.
To represent the Slow Wine Coalition, Pau Moragas Bouyat, winemaker of the Spanish collective Olivera, who highlighted how in a world where individuality often emerges, it is fundamental to work as a community, made up of consumers, citizens complicit in our activity, and Sabiha Apaydın Gönenli, spokesperson for the Slow Food Heritage Vines of Turkey community and sommelier of the Mikla restaurant, which recalled the terrible earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria and stressed that it is even more necessary now to ensure that the agri-food and wine heritage of these territories is safeguarded.
Among the institutional presences, to underline the participation of the Republic of San Marino and North Macedonia.
Over 3,000 labels await for tasting an audience of enthusiasts, buyers and professionals, who will have the opportunity to discover wines resulting from sustainable agriculture as well as increasing consumer awareness. An opportunity to know and deepen offered by the rich tasting bench, the 9 Masterclasses and the conferences scheduled in the Slow Wine Arena - Reale Mutua and in the Opera Hall. Among the latter, we mention the delivery of the Award Card Wines Terroir and Slow Spirit, Monday 27, and the conference on Sunday 28 The communication and promotion of wine between OCM review and health claims, to which the main political and professional representatives of the sector are invited.
The fair enjoys the support of ICE - Agency for the promotion abroad and internationalization of Italian companies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Federbio and Milano Wine Week; the patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture, Sovereignty of Food and Forests, the Emilia-Romagna Region and the Enoteca Regionale dell'Emilia-Romagna; the partnership with Tannico, Amaroteca and ANADI - National Bitter Association of Italy. Among the companies that believe in the Slow Wine Fair project we mention: the Main partners, Luigi Bormioli, Bormioli Rocco, Parmigiano Reggiano, Reale Mutua; the InKind partners Direct From Italy, NakPack, Pulltex, San Bernardo, Winterhalter, Fisar; Media partners are Il Sole 24 Ore, Bar.it, BioFiera.it, Premiata Salumeria Italiana, Green Retail, Horecanews.it, I Grandi Vini, Italy Export, Italian Wine Podcast, Luxury Food & Beverage Magazine, Tabui, Vendemmie.