Thomas Matthews speech

28th of November, 11:00am – Milan, Hotel Principe di Savoia

The 2012 edition of Vinitaly will be marked by an important and unprecedented tasting of Italian wines in collaboration with Wine Spectator, the world's most widely-read wine publication.

The keynote event of Vinitaly 2012, "Finest Italian Wines: 100 Great Producers" will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the Palazzo della Regione in Verona.

As of Nov. 21, many of Italy's most prestigious wineries, from regions across the country, are committed to participate in the tasting. A complete list of participating wineries will be published soon. Among those already committed are:

  • from Tuscany: Marchesi Antinori, Castellina de Castellare, Castello Banfi, Tenuta San Guido, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia,
  • from Piedmont: Aldo Conterno, Ceretto, Angelo Gaja, Pio Cesare, Vietti
  • from the North: Allegrini, Bertani, Livio Felluga, Lunae Bosoni, Tommasi, Zenato
  • from the South: Donnafugata, Duca di Salaparuta, Feudi di San Gregorio, Planeta, Terradora di Paolo

The goal of the tasting is to showcase the quality and diversity of Italy's wine producers across the breadth of the country's wine regions. Of course, no group of only 100 producers can be comprehensive, or exhaust the bounty of Italian wines. But the objective is to offer a representative sampling that will accurately reflect the heritage and achievements of Italian vintners.

Wine Spectator is solely responsible for the choice of producers at the event.

Wine Spectator is the world's leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a publication that reaches more than 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses a web portal (, mobile platforms, and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine's role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 15,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Food Arts, Market Watch, Whisky Advocate and Impact Newsletter.

Thomas Matthews
Executive Editor
Wine Spectator