From Piemonte to Sicily, these are the appointments where it will be possible to toast to the historic anniversary
in occasion of the unique, the original "Calici di Stelle"
It's the accessory that was missing, because if it's true that to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy the world of wine has worked hard, now for lovers of good wine, always looking for real collectible wine"gems" to taste the best the wine, the glass comes specifically for the "toast of the toasts" to the national historical event. It is the "flag" cup of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, designed with the unique and unmistakable brand name of "Calici di Stelle", the most awaited event of the wine world in summer, sponsored by the City of Wine and the Movimento Turismo del Vino, that the wine lovers can find  on August 10th, San Lorenzo night, in the streets and wineries throughout Italy. From Piemonte to Sicily, in the most important wine areas of the beautiful country, here are the appointments where we'll toast to the national unification, watching the stars, guided by experts of the Italian Amateur Astronomers. The events range from Valle d'Aosta where, in Morgex, we will taste the highest wines of Europe, to Piemonte with the "king of wines", the Barolo, protagonist in the goblets in Barolo, and the "queens of the toast," the bubbles, in Asti. And since the toast falls in summer, why not pour in glasses one of those wines that has the sea behind? Such as Vermentino, Garlenda, Ortovero, Pornassio and Ranzo in Liguria. Always in Liguria, in Levanto, Ligurian wine tasting counters, and also a good opportunity to go to ... School of pesto, to learn all the secrets of a pesto sauce as tradition says, but for the most romantics wine tasting and toast in the starlight even in Rio Maggiore, one of the Cinque Terre, at the very beginning of the so-called “Via dell'Amore” (Street of Love). In Lombardia, the toasts will be dedicated to the major labels of Oltrepò in Cigognola, with wines from Valtellina in Sondrio and with those characteristic ones of the Lake Garda shores, Chiaretto in first place, in Calvagese della Riviera. Preview of "Calici di Stelle," Tuesday, August 9th, in the picturesque setting of the Bella Riva Restaurant on the Naviglio Grande in Milan, for a delicious happy hour based on the best wines of Lombardia, Liguria and Ticino and on the bakery goodness signed by La Bottega di Olivia & Marino.
On Wednesday 10th, however, appointment also in Nazzano with the wines of Valcalepio, Oltrepò Pavese, Franciacorta, Garda, Mantova and Liguria. With the Friuli and the great wines of Collio, we'll toast in Friuli Venezia Giulia, as in Piazza Tocai, in Corno di Rosazzo and in San Floriano del Collio. If in Grado, on August 10th, the most important wineries of the region will be in the gardens of City Hall, to offer their wines' tasting just a few steps from the sea, "Calici di Stelle" will also be celebrated on August 12th in Majano, with Roy Paci and Aretuska and, in Rosazzo, on August 12th and 13th , in combination with the best regional specialties.

The bubbles and the red wines from Trentino will, instead, be protagonists in Aldeno and in Mezzolombardo, while the wines of Alto Adige will be on the square in Bolzano. In Veneto  "Calici di Stelle in the Valpolicella" will be celebrated by the Cities of Wine Marano, Valpolicella and San Pietro in Cariano, while in Conegliano and in Valdobbiadene the goblets will be raised dedicated to the best Proseccos. Always in Treviso area, glasses up in Asolo, Vazzola and Susegana. For those wishing to spend a romantic evening with dinner under the stars, accompanied by music, fine cuisine and the possibility of unforgettable toasts, some of the MTV Veneto wineries members open their doors with the possibility of guided tours and visits to the production places, or there is also an appointment in the splendid setting of Villa Widmann in Mira di Venezia, where will be some of the prestigious wineries members of the Movement from Veneto, for the pleasure of wine lovers.
In Emilia Romagna toast with Lambrusco in Imola and with Sangiovese of Romagna among Sant'Arcangelo, Verucchio and Coriano. The DOC wines of the Colli Bolognesi will instead be protagonists at the Manaresi Winery of Zola Predosa, where you can admire the exhibition tribute to Mario Soldati, entitled "Vino al Vino" (Wine to Wine), while a stop to the winery Gualdo di Sotto and the nearby Terme di Riolo , in the province of Ravenna, will be an excellent opportunity to relax and taste.
And those who choose to spend the most starred night of the year in Tuscany, will be spoilt for choice: in Siena or with the Classical Chianti in Greve in Chianti, Gaiole and Castellina until Castelnuovo Berardenga, the Noble in its homeland, Montepulciano, as well as the Vernaccia in San Gimignano, or with the big labels of Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci, and with those of the nearby Val di Cornia in Suvereto, Piombino and Campiglia Marittima. Even the Province of Grosseto will be protagonist of this 2011 edition of "Calici di Stelle" in the uncontaminated nature of the Maremma Natural Park, in which is the Uccellina Estate, the medieval village of Massa Marittima, with its Monteregio Doc of Ampeleia, Morisfarm wineries and, of Campagnatico, where the night of San Lorenzo is celebrated in the Pieve Vecchia winery, where ancient and modern are wisely mixed. And if in Umbria the "toasts of the toasts" to the 150 years of Italy unification will be dedicated to Sagrantino di Montefalco in Montefalco, to Trebbiano Spoletino in Spoleto, to the Vini del Cantico in Torgiano and to the Wine Route  nectars of Colli del Trasimeno in Umbertide, which for the first time, participates to the summer appointment "Calici di Stelle", as well as in the splendid frame of in the Castello di Monte Vibiano Vecchio winery in Mercatello of Marsciano, the wines of Abruzzo will be on the square in San Martino sulla Marrucina, Vittorito and Pratola Peligna, but also in four wineries of the Movimento Turismo del Vino in Nocciano ( Bosco Nestore & C.), Ortona (Agr. Dora Sarchese), Villamagna (Fattoria Licia) and Canzano (Cerulli Spinozzi) .
In Marche, in Morro d'Alba and, in Lazio, in Piglio the protagonists will be two of the most unique wines of the beautiful country: the Lacrima di Morro d'Alba and the Cesanese del Piglio. In Lazio, "Calici di Stelle" is also in Frosinone Latina and Rome provinces, in the wineries Vini Giovanni Terenzi of Serrone, Sant'Andrea di Terracina, Ganci in Borgo Grappa and Terre dei Rutuli in Pomezia with wines and typical products tastings, music and guided observations of the summer sky. Even the only Molise's City of Wine, Campomarino, will host Calici di Stelle, with wine tasting in combination with typical products music and culture.

And then, more toasts with the best Italian wines: from the Aglianico to the Falanghina in Campoli del Monte Taburno in Campania, to the great wines of Puglia, protagonists in Trani and also in Otranto August 6th, in Galatina August 13th and in Manduria, home of Primitivo; from the Aglianico del Vulture in Nova Siri, Basilicata, to the Moscato di Saracena right in Saracena, Calabria, to Sicily, where wine lovers can drink in Pantelleria, but also in Menfi and Alcamo and throughout the rest of the region : with the Etna Rosso in Castiglione di Sicilia and Zafferana Etnea, in Monreale (Marchesi De Gregorio Wineries), Siracusa (Pupillo), Sambuca di Sicilia in the province of Agrigento at the Feudo Arancio, Linguaglossa (Catania) in Don Saro Wineries and at the Estate Scilio of Valle Galfina and in Piazza Armerina (Gigliotto Estates).
Finally, in Sardinia, with the Cannonau in Jerzu and Serdiana and the Vermentino di Gallura in Monti. And the toast will go beyond the boundaries, because will also be on the scene Verteneglio, City of Wine in Croatia.
"Calici di Stelle" 2011 will also have an exceptional partner, La Bottega di Olivia&Marino ( that, in collaboration with the Movimeno Turismo del Vino proposes, for the event, six “Enosfiziosi” (wine&tastyfood) intineraries, from Friuli Venezia Giulia to Lombardia, from Liguria to Abruzzo, passing through Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. Not only excellent labels, then, but also the delicious company of bakery products specialty Olivia&Marino, simple, genuine and perfect to accompany a good glass of wine tasting.

The complete list of City of Wine and Movimento Turismo del Vino Wineries members participating to "Calici di Stelle" 2011 can be found at:

On the Movimento Turismo del Vino site you can also find all the information on the “Enosfiziosi” itineraries signed by La Bottega di Olivia & Marino.

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July 29th 2011