12/10/2011 Sunday, November 13th in more than 200 wineries members of Movimento Turismo del Vino, throughout Italy, will be celebrated the Italian Taste with special combinations of autumn

A marriage made in heaven! The matching up of some of the great aged Italian wines with some fantastic new young wines takes place this November during the San Martino Cellar Festival. On Sunday November 13th more than 200 Movimento Turismo del Vino member wineries throughout Italy will open their doors as part of a festival of St. Martin that celebrates the tastes of autumn in the vineyards and on local farms throughout Italy. This will be a chance for visitors to enjoy not only the great wine and foods, but also take advantage of the last warm days of Indian Summer in Italy.
The typical flavors of autumn will be paired with aged as well as young wines in their first public showing following this year’s harvest. In each region Movimento Turismo del Vino member wineries will marry their wines with local gastronomic delicacies created using the skills of local chefs. The chefs will be pairing wines with dishes made with locally grown ingredients and incorporating the taste of each area’s unique culture into every dish.
Chiara Lungarotti, President of Movimento Turismo del Vino says,“This year we wanted to give the San Martino Cellar Festival a new look and feel, one that aims to not only promote local wines, but to celebrate local products as well. We also wanted to use the event to encourage every visitor to recognize and work to preserve local traditions through our local food and wine offerings.  Since this is the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, it seems appropriate to celebrate the anniversary of our country through celebrating the unique tastes of the food and wine that is a part of our Italian heritage. 

Due to the success of Cantine Aperte (Open Door Festival), Calici di Stelle (Wine Under the Stars Festival) and San Martino in Cantina (San Martino Cellar Festival), Movimento Turismo del Vino and La Bottega de Olivia & Marino have together developed a series of excellent guides to selected wine regions that help visitors find new ways to enjoy the wine regions of Italy. Hint: one way to enjoy touring the Italian countryside this year is to do it with wine and some of the excellent bakery products produced by La Bottega de Olivia & Marino. 

To find out more about the regions where the San Martino Cellar Festivals are taking place, as well as the participating wineries, visit www.movimentoturismovino.it.  In addition, the San Martino Cellar Festival events will be officially introduced in each region by meetings co-sponsored by Movimento Turismo del Vino, Librerie Feltrinelli and Gribaudo Gusto. Local chefs and gastronomy experts will be describing the events in detail along with the food and wine specialties that will be offered to the public.
At the Movimento Turismo del Vino website you will also find information about other partners working with Movimento to make this festival a very special occasion for visitors this year. These partners include Rastal, one of the world’s leading glassmakers, Pulltex, a leader in the design of wine accessories, the web store www.gliamicidelvino.it which markets a line of quality wine accessories, and finally Spes Integrated Technology Solutions, a company specializing in the environmental management of winery production.
On behalf of Movimento Turismo del Vino, and our sponsoring partners, we hope to see you at one of the many San Martino Cellar Festivals taking place throughout Italy this year!

English Text Upgrading by Norman Oches October 30, 2011