It’s official: Off to Puglia in June to judge in Radici del sud…..

Radici del Sud, Puglia, Italy, June 2012

Some people are lucky to be able to work in a field that is also their passion. To be 100 per cent committed to something, you need to be passionate about it.For me this is definitely the case with the wines of Southern Italy.

I am passionate about the wines of Southern Italy. For me it is not work: work is something you do because you have to. My family import from Italy because we love Italy and its wines. I travel to Italy at least once a year, and I am as excited today about going back to Italy as I was the first time as a young child. Italy is in our blood and Italian wine is our passion.

Over the last five years we have built a reputation for Mondo Imports as an importer that specialises in importing indigenous varieties from the South of Italy. Mondo Imports is now considered one of the (if not the leader) leading importers of wines from the South of Italy into Australia.

It comes with great pleasure then to be invited to judge at the prestigious Radici del Sud festival in Puglia this June which specialises in promoting indigenous varieties from the South of Italy. Below is the press release on the event.

The world’s attention is now focused on the great festival of Southern native wines

The seventh Radici Festival is taking place in June from Thursday 7th to Monday 11th  in Savelletri di Fasano (BR) at the wonderful Borgo Egnazia . This year too the contest will rely on the crucial support offered by the Departments of Tourism and Agriculture that always show keen interest in promoting such events. This will be the second edition after last year’s successfully experiment  that gained the trust of local producers and succeeded in involving  the other regions of South Italy, catching the interest of both national and international consumers. Next Radici del Sud is expected to involve a huge number of world’s witty wine connoisseurs, providing a great deal of really interesting ideas.

Nicola Campanile has cleverly thought to ideally form a consortium of the best Southern producers that can be this way better recognizable for their precious products. Campanile made sure he could rely on a big number of skilled people starting from the long-standing and successful collaborators Luciano Pignataro and Franco Ziliani. Together with them, there’ll beGiovanni Gagliardi and Francesca Tamburello representing the new participant regions Calabria and Sicily respectively. They will spread Radici del Sud’s message addressing it to those producers who make their unmistakable wines with absolute authenticity and rigour.Waiting for other well known personalities to send their adhesion, we can now confirm Tom Maresca wine writer USA, Gary Grunner opinion leader, wine buyer USAFred Nijhuis wine writer Holland, Ole Udsen wine writer – co-author of “Italiensk Vin” Danmark, Maciej Bombol importer and sommelier responsible for Enoteka Polska Varsavia Poland, Tomasz Prange-Barczynski wine writer and managing editor of the magazine Magazyn Wino Poland, Anthony D’Anna importer of Italian wines Australia, Michele Cianciulli wine buyer, opinion leader of Italian wines in USA, David E Smith wine buyer USA, Tom Cannavan journalist Wine Pages UK, Angelo Peretti wine writer editor of the blogInternetgourmet.it Italy and Vito Intini President Onav–Italy.

The Apulian grapes entering the competition will be those tasted during the previous editions. The new ones will be Nero d’avola, Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Cataratto  from Sicily , Aglianico, Taurasi, Fiano and Falanghina from Campania,  Magliocco and  Gaglioppo from Calabria and Aglianico del Vulture,Fiano, moscato and malvasia from Basilicata. The scheduled programme including five days will range from technical activities and congresses to extremely relaxing activities during which the new visitors will easily understand and appreciate all the typical tastes and charme these places can offer. The first two days will be almost completely devoted to the meetings between the foreign guests and the participating producers with the aim to strengthen any commercial relationships and to offer to those producers who have great and legitimate expectations from Radici lots of new opportunities to interface with  experts who are well aware of this brand.

The following days will be devoted to the tastings held by scheduled groups of tasters. What’s new in this edition is that the wines will be prized according to the region where they’re produced and the grapes they come from, as it represents the main interest.  This crucial idea will be discussed during the conference “Autoctono del Sud: natural per forza” that will be held on the last day. It is expected to be particularly interesting as it will pose a serious question to the audience related to whether the man should interfere in the natural course of events even in the territory of the native grape where the old and healthy traditions have always been respected. It’s not by chance that there will be a special prize for the best organic and bio-dynamic wine per each region. At the end of the day (11th June) all the visitors and guests will taste over 250 wines enjoying the delicious buffet offered by some well known Apulian chefs.

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