Abruzzo was given the prestigious “Wine Region of the Year” award from Wine Enthusiast magazine. It places Abruzzo among the leading wine areas of the world. As the organizers explained, it was given to Abruzzo because “the region is rich in tradition and imbued with innovation, a hidden gem for the most passionate oenophiles”.
Wine Enthusiast’s recognition was a tribute to an uncontaminated territory, as described by the president of the Consorzio Tutela Vini d’Abruzzo, Alessandro Nicodemi, during the Wine Star Awards ceremony, which took place on Monday in the splendid setting of the majestic Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. He noted “hills of a thousand shades of colors and dotted with ancient villages, where the landscape has always been dominated by vines, set between the Adriatic Sea and the massifs of the Gran Sasso of Italy and the Majella. Within a few kilometers, imposing mountains and a stunning sea, naturally create the pedoclimatic conditions that are favorable to the cultivation of the vine “. These are the ideal conditions allowing hundreds of increasingly competitive companies to contribute daily to elevate the wines and vines of Abruzzo in the world wine scene.
“Abruzzo wine is represented by a multiplicity of companies, from families to cooperatives, explained President Nicodemi, and all of them are dedicated to producing quality wines, strongly responsible for environmental sustainability and highly dynamic in reading and interpreting the needs of today’s market, without denying their traditions and origins”.
In addition to the recognition of its natural beauty, the link between culture, people, local food, and music played an important role, making Abruzzo “an ambitious destination for sustainable travel”, as the judges of the Awards underlined.
This achievement was also possible thanks to the project called Abruzzo Wine Experience, which enhances tourist routes, capable of combining the uncontaminated cultural and landscape beauty, with the hospitality of our wineries. The project has been carried out by the Consortium, who worked closely with the Regional Administration, to promote Abruzzo as a new wine tourism destination”, concluded Nicodemi.
The recognition as Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast comes after a great deal of enhancement and promotion carried out over the years by the Consortium. The activities will continue in this direction, with an intense annual program of initiatives abroad, starting with the United States. The US market is one of the target countries, the second for imports of Abruzzo wines, with a share of over 14% of the total value of regional wine exports. From February 1st to February 9th, the Consortium will already be present with masterclasses and walk around tastings in Las Vegas, Charleston, Miami, Dallas and Houston.
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