Archive for October, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: A Unique Group of Small, Family-Run Italian Wineries Launch Wine-ICons: The Wine Consortium Redefined

Friday, October 31st, 2014


People, Land and Stories Behind the Wines of Wineries of Italy Consortium

MARTINA FRANCA, Puglia, Italy, Oct. 30, 2014 (PRNewswire)/ ‒ Wineries of Italy Consortium, Wine-ICons, launched in the early summer of 2014, is redefining what it means to be a wine consortium.

Unlike the traditional wine consortiums made up of producers that only promote wines of a certain region, Wine ICons brings together small, family-run wineries from all over Italy making wines with two very simple goals: help tell their story and introduce these wonderful and unique wines to people around the world.

The idea behind Wine-ICons originated a year ago when, Marcello Miali of Cantine Miali in Puglia, Jacopo Di Battista of Querceto di Castellina in Tuscany and Davide Castagnoli of Cantina Braschi from Romagna, traveled to Los Angeles for a trade show.

The three producers talked about the challenges of running a winery and wanting to do something to help, from one side, small Italian producers trying to enter new markets without compromising their own roots and traditions, and on the other, giving people around the world the opportunity to experience honest and real Italian wines.

Mr. Miali, also the brand manager for Wine-ICons, says the concept is simple. “Being able to leverage the expertise and experience of the other members is a main benefit of being part of Wine ICons, which will become even more significant as we grow and ideally lead to more people drinking Italian wines with true and authentic character. We have to work together, not fight each other.”

Shortly after the trip, Gabriele Marinig of Colli di Poianis, a family-owned winery in Friuli, joined the founding members.

Eight wineries now make up Wine-ICons, each with a focus on the indigenous grapes of their area and those best suited for their terroir. The Consortium’s strategy is to offer different wines from producers all over Italy with one winery from each wine region.

The Wine-ICons belief is that by bringing out the distinct qualities of each region and each grape you can discover the real essence of Italian winemaking, an experience the group wants to share with wine enthusiasts.

Organizing tastings, wine-dinners and seminars, Wine ICons also strives to give wine lovers the opportunity to meet the people and tell the stories behind the wines.

Wine Icons wines are already available in many key U.S. markets (New York, New Jersey, California, Illinois, Rhode island and Massachusetts).

Despite their initial success, Mr. Miali says, “We know we’re not going to get rich from this, but that’s not the point. We want to work with and support great like-minded, smaller producers and have more of our bottles being opened up and enjoyed by wine lovers around the world.” Cheers to that.

For more information, please visit the Wine ICons website ( Wine ICons is also on Facebook ( and Instagram (@wine_icons).

Latest Puglia headlines: Photography, resorts, wine and more…

Saturday, October 25th, 2014


Puglia: Limitless Photo Opportunities

“No question ‒ Puglia has the wow factor…”

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Masseria San Domenico completes major refurbishment

Rooms transformed as award-winning Apulian luxury hotel and spa moves to become all-suite…

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Alex Polizzi’s Homage to Secret Italy

Down I went to Puglia and glorious Lecce…

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Getting Away: Puglia, Italy

Puglia may be a virtual unknown compared with Tuscany, but it’s no less intriguing…

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Puglia at “Vinitalia Down Under” in Australia

Puglia’s wine sector is heading to Melbourne for the second edition of “Vinitalia Down Under” on Oct. 26-27. Puglia’s quality wines will be represented at this prestigious “boutique expo” by 11 wineries belonging to the Movimento Turismo del Vino Puglia: Antica Masseria Jorche – Torricella (Taranto), Cantele – Guagnano (Lecce), Castel di Salve – Depressa (Lecce), Cupertinum – Copertino (Lecce), D’Alfonso del Sordo – San Severo (Foggia), Duca Carlo Guarini – Scorrano (Lecce), Feudi di Guagnano – Guagnano (Lecce), Menhir – Minervino di Lecce (Lecce), Paolo Leo – San Donaci (Brindisi), Rivera – Andria, Soloperto – Manduria (Taranto)…

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Borgo Egnazia in Puglia offers attractive and unusual business event options

The award-winning Borgo Egnazia in Puglia, Italy has announced the launch of a new five-day itinerary for corporate events and their flexible “B.E. In Business,” bringing together outstanding conference and group facilities with unique and memorable activities throughout the Apulian countryside…

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In the international headlines: Puglia tourism and more…

Sunday, October 19th, 2014


The Region of Puglia has been in the headlines lately, largely based on tourism, culture and food and wine:


La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno reports that the second “Buy Puglia Meeting & Travel Experience” is scheduled to begin on Oct. 27 and run through Nov. 1 at the Fiera del Levante exhibition and conference center in Bari. The event was announced by the President of the Region of Puglia, Nichi Vendola, and the Regional Councillor for Tourism, Silvia Godelli. They said they expect the event to attract hundreds of tour operators from around the world interested in learning more about Puglia as a quality international destination ‒ “not only the sea, but also the landscape, cuisine, culture, history.”


As I reported last November, the city of Lecce, the capital of the province of the same name, was a candidate for the designation of European Culture Capital 2019. On Friday, European Culture Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou announced that the designation has gone to the historic city of Matera, in the neighboring Region of Basilicata.

Matera, famed for its ancient “Sassi City of Stone,” and the location for numerous films and TV programs, is often included in Puglia-based tour itineraries due to its proximity to the city of Altamura. Also in the running with Lecce were the cities of Cagliari, Perugia-Assisi, Ravenna and Siena.

Earlier this year, Lecce, frequently called “the Florence of the South,” was featured in’s Canadian website,, list of “European ‘Hidden Gems’ for 2014.”


In its Sunday, Oct. 19, “Travel” section, The New York Times praises the Masseria Bosco in Avetrana, Puglia, in an article headlined “Sweet Dreams in Seven Heavenly European Inns.”

The article reports: “A 37-acre olive orchard surrounds the ancient Masseria Bosco, a former farmhouse and barnyard that dates to the 16th century.” The property is located in the Province of Taranto, near the Ionian Sea.


PRNewswire ‒ Enovation Brands Inc. announces the addition of Farmers of Wine to its Italian wine portfolio. Farmers of Wine is a project created by Enoitalia SpA, the second-largest volume winery in Italy, in partnership with authentic Italian wine farmers who continue to employ traditional growing methods in a modern wine industry.

Farmers of Wine authentic Italian Red Blend is a blend of Negroamaro and Zinfandel (known as Primitivo in Italy) from Salento in Puglia. Located between two seas in southern Italy, Salento is a region rich in history and culture.


“When you think of Italian wine regions, many think of Tuscany or Piedmont. But it’s not often that Puglia, inside the so-called “heel of the boot,” comes to mind. But the Antinori family, who has been making wine for 625 years, believes it should. So they created Tormaresca to introduce the world to the wines of Puglia.”

This link also feature an interesting interview with Vito Palumbo, Tormaresca’s “brand ambassador.”


“If you’re wondering what Apulian cuisine is, chances are you’re not the only one.” So begins an article about a new restaurant in Florida that features a menu based on “regional classic Italian fare from Puglia.”


The Italian start-up Blue Wings Air is scheduled to begin scheduled flights this winter between Foggia, in northern Puglia, and destinations in northern Italy.

NYC cable TV station promotes Puglia Restaurant Week

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Watch the video here:

Puglia Restaurant Week in New York City

Alessandro Gallo, owner and chef of the Gallo Restaurant in Trani, Italy, and Alberto Longo, owner of Alberto Longo wines in Lucera, Italy, join Roseanne Colletti to talk about Puglia Food and Wine Restaurant Week taking place this week Oct. 6th-12th.

New York Puglia Food & Wine Restaurant Week, Oct. 6-12, 2014

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Puglia Restaurant Week Poster

Celebrate the Flavors of Puglia, Italy’s Regional Cuisine & Wines

Treat your palate to tasty servings of Puglia-inspired appetizers, entrees and desserts complete with wine pairings created to introduce you to a region in southeastern Italy hailed by National Geographic Traveler this year as a “must-see” destination.

Rich in culture, cuisine, wines, architectural treasures, leisure and sports activities, white sand beaches, mountainous vistas, Mediterranean beauty and spa specialties and Old World hospitality.

Apulian Roots in Altamura, Italy, the United Pugliesi Federation of Greater New York, Alberto Longo Vineyards and the Regione di Puglia are joining together for a weeklong celebration of the foods and wines from the provinces of Puglia, Italy (Oct. 6-12) with the support of the New York State Restaurant Association.

For restaurateurs, this is a great fall promotional opportunity to showcase your restaurant. To participate, restaurant requirements include:
• Purchase and promote Pugliese red, white and dessert wines
• Create and serve a Pugliese food and wine menu.
• Circulate wine promotional materials at bar and reception areas. This will be provided by distributors.
• Provide staff with talking points about food and wine. This will be provided by event organizers.
• Distribute gift bags for select customers. This will be provided by United Pugliesi Federation of Greater New York.

Participating restaurants will be listed in event materials and included in press release and promotional articles. In addition, restaurant owners and managers will be invited to the kick off event. For more information and to get started participating, please contact Kate McGrath at