For this 8th edition of Avvinando Wine Fest, the event recorded four thousand visitors in two days, a hundred wineries and about 800 labels.

Credit for success goes, of course, to the organizers Massimiliano Morghese, Giuseppe D’Aguanno and Marco Busalacchi who are committed to creating “the richest edition ever” citing their words. It is no coincidence that the selection of participating wineries has been very accurate and has followed precise quality criteria. From biological to biodynamic, from “natural” to “conventional” wines, each producer told his own story, his passion and his way of making wine, with his own production philosophy.

The festival, “staged” at the Cantieri Culturali at the Zisa in Palermo on 11st and 12nd May, finds its strength in the presence of producers, ready to tell their own story to the increasingly numerous public of wine lovers, who loves to taste wines that represent a terroir, hearing wines’ informations directly from those who produce them, experiencing, every day, in first person, the choice to focus on quality relying on their own abilities.

So, among full glasses, bright smiles and interesting encounters in the “magic” wine world, there were, however, moments of reflection such as the seminar focused “We work every day to leave our children a better environment than ours” in occasion of which Lucrezia Lamastra, scientific coordinator of the SOStain program, spoke of sustainability in the Sicilian vitiviniculture with the referents of Cusumano, Tasca D’Almerita and Planeta wineries through the story of the project that this wineris share following the desire to communicate good agricultural practices aimed at respect for the ecosystem and absolute transparency towards the consumer.

On Sunday 12nd there was also an interesting laboratory of the Pellegrino Winery entitled “Quattro Grilli per la Testa” in which four wines were tasted, all produced with Grillo grapes. The laboratory led by Carla Spatafora, Brand Ambassador of the winery and by Luigi Salvo, delegate of Ais Palermo. The winetasting would show how it is possible obtain absolutely different wines from Grillo variety. We tasted four different Grillo Wines, produced in different ways, that come from different soils and part of Sicily. Grillo has become extremely versatile and able, contrary to what was believed in the past, to hold up well time thanks to a marked minerality and acidity given to the grapes by some lands closer to the sea.

Here are some of our best Sicilian wine tastings:

Fondo Antico – Grillo Parlante 2018

Bright straw yellow color. The nose offers elegant notes of white flowers, pear and apple and Mediterranean aromas of sage and rosemary. In the mouth the sip is lively and permeates the palate thanks to a strong savory trail that lengthens the memory.

The original article could be find on Wining.it written by Manuela Zanni