Launched at “Salone del Gusto 2010” held last October in Turin, finally the new and “revolutionary” guidebook “Slow Wine 2011” by Slow Food is now available in Italy.

Every region is organizing an event to introduce this very new guidebook in these days.
We had the opportunity to take part to the presentation for Umbria, held last Saturday at “Il Palazzo del Gusto – Regional Wine Centre” in Orvieto.

The event – successfully organized in collaboration with Slow Food Convivium of Orvieto and our friends from FISAR (Italian Federation of Sommeliers)- hosted 37 Umbrian wineries, among the 43 reviewed in the book.

Another book on Italian wines? No. A guidebook on wineries.

In contrast to other Italian wine bibles  this tome talks about wineries, about the people who are beyond a wine as the title clearly says: “Slow Wine – Storie di vita, vigne, vini in Italia” (=Slow Wine, stories on lives, vineyards, wines in Italy).

“Slow Wine 2011” infact evaluates wineries based on ethical practices in vineyard cultivation and vinification styles. And unlike other ratings books, Slow Wine 2011 avoids a points-based rating for a more qualitative appraisal.

Each winery is introduced by a paragraph about the owners and the winemakers and their “philosophy” on their wine production.

The evaluation system for the winery is based on the following symbols:

“La Chiocciola” (The Snail) -the guide’s highest accolade – is given to the wineries that have interpreted in the best way the Slow Food Values regarding i.e. the saveguard of the environment or the importance given to the local grapes.

“La Bottiglia” (The Bottle) is given to the companies that have expressed in all their production a good quality.

“La Moneta” (The Coin, Euro symbol) means that all the prodution of a winery has a very good price/quality ratio.

On the other end the wines are evaluated as follows:

“Vino Slow”: very high quality bottles that are also able to “put in the glass” other values, such as the importance of the history and the environment of the territory where that bottle is produced.

“Grande Vino” the best bottles (organoleptic evaluation)

“Vino Quotidiano” (every day wine), bottles whose cost is not higher than 10 EUR, with a very good price/quality ratio.

the evaluation symbols

Yes…the guidebook is now available in only in Italian, even if – during the conference in Orvieto – we were told that Slow Food is planning an English version for the American market who seems to be very interested in a wine book also able “to tell stories”.

“Slow Wine 2011 – Storie di vita, vigne, vini in Italia” Edited by Slow Food Editore, Oct. 2010. Price EUR 24,00

Pics from the conference in Orvieto

The video (in Italian) by Orvieto News:

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