New Additions to Finest Italian Wines 100 Great Producers

Verona, 22nd December 2011 – Christmas is just a few days away so that OperaWine (www.operawine.it) is thrilled to announce the list of the "Finest Italian Wines: 100 Great Producers". The list represents the excellence and diversity of all regions from the Italian peninsula and will be a showcase when the grand tasting on 24th of March will take place in Verona.

The selection of winemakers for the official opening event to Vinitaly 2012 also marks a special occasion for the American lifestyle magazine Wine Spectator as "we hope the event will serve as a showcase to demonstrate the breadth and quality of the Italian wine industry today," said Thomas Mathews, Executive Editor, Wine Spectator. "We are pleased by the enthusiastic response to this inaugural tasting with Vinitaly, from both Italian wineries and the general public. Though we began the process with a goal of including 100 great Italian producers, we recognized from the beginning that many more producers merited inclusion than we would be able to invite. As it turns out, interest has been so great, and the number of wineries declining our invitation so small, that there will be more than 100 wineries attending the event. While logistical constraints prevent us from continuing to expand, we believe our attendees will welcome these "bonus" wines to the tasting", emphasising that wine aficionados will have a supplementary wine to sample.

Stevie Kim, General Coordinator of Vinitaly International and the new project OperaWine added:

For wine lovers that cannot wait to learn more about the producers, www.operawine.it features a series of small interviews and more materials on how Italian wines captivates the passion of people to fall in love with them. Moreover, more detailed information on some of the prominent brands featured in "Finest Italian Wines: 100 Great Producers" can be found in the OperaWine communication releases. Last weeks' two new additions Casanova di Neri and Biondi-Santi from Montalcino in the heart of Tuscany, were described in: "OperaWine meets the tenors of Tuscan wines: Biondi-Santi, Casanova di Neri, Antinori and Frescobaldi". The release focused on Tuscany, the region with the perhaps greatest concentration of renowned wine makers from Italy.

OperaWine wishes you a Merry Christmas with the, from Wine Spectator carefully chosen great Italian wine makers.