Second only to harvest, April is the most important month for Italian vintners. Vinitaly, one of the world’s most important international wine exhibitions, is scheduled to run from April 7–12 in Verona, northern Italy.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine has enjoyed a special presence at Vinitaly for more than 15 years. This year, we will be represented with a newly refurbished booth in the Media Hall between pavilions five and six.
The magazine will also present on Friday April 9 a seminar and tasting, guided by Italian Editor Monica Larner, that features the Italian wines that appear in our “Top 100 Best of Year” wine classifications.
Italian producers will receive an awards certificate and have the opportunity to pour and present their top-rated wines. Tickets to
the seminar can be purchased under the “Tasting Express” area of (vinitaly.com).
This year’s 44th edition of Vinitaly is expected to host some 4,200 exhibitors representing 30 countries and 46,000 operators from 110 countries. In 2009, Vinitaly welcomed 150,000 total visitors. The five-day fair takes place in the one million square feet (91,000 square meters) Veronafiere fairgrounds.
Figures released by the Italian Wine and Food Institute in New York indicate that the U.S. imported more Italian wine in 2009 than it did the previous year in terms of volume. However, the value of those wine decreased. In the period from January to October 2009, volume rose by 4.6% (1,712,000 hectoliters), but value fell by 14.9%($822.3 million). Sales of Italian sparkling wine, spurred by the recent popularity of Prosecco, rose an impressive 13.4% in volume and 7.6% in value ($87.7 million).