Well as much as Vinitaly is a slog, it is great to catch up with so many of our producers and taste upcoming vintages and chat about how things are going in our markets. With Australia so far away, it is hard for producers to keep their fingers on the pulse in regards to market changes so it is up to us, as importers to give feedback when we meet.
Day One was focused mainly on seeing our existing suppliers with visits at Fattoria Parri, Salvatore Moliettieri, Le Moire, Traversa, Bruno Porro and Fatalone.
All the upcoming releases look good but special mention to the wines of Moliettieri which was off the charts. The 2010 Irpinia Aglianico, 2011 Greco di Tufo and 2012 Greco di Fufo and Fiano di Avellino were mind blowing. Great things to look forward to Australia.
Also a surprise packed was the 2012 Parri Chianti. We new it was good, but to see it look so fresh, savoury and alive definitely put a small on our faces.
After arriving back to the hotel after 6pm, it was time for a spritz and then dinner at our favourite restaurants in Verona.