Cantine Aperte is almost here! Sunday, May 26 features wine, art, music solidarity and the environment

22/05/2013 A Day of Friendship with Movimento Turismo Vino

Movimento Turismo Vino’s Cantine Aperte is getting closer. On Sunday, May 26, wine takes centre stage in the one thousand MTV cellars along the Boot, with original events on the theme of friendship – from art to solidarity, music to the environment – to celebrate the 21st edition of the Movimento’s main event of the year that sees over one million wine lovers ready to discover the secrets and the curiosities of the nectar of the gods right in its area of production. Events range from a wine safari in the province of Perugia to sabering bottles of bubbly in the highest cellar in Europe in the province of Bolzano, from carpooling in Puglia to the Vespa ride in Trento. In the province of Udine there will be a gathering of vintage Ferraris while in Montefusco in the province of Avellino there will be a car parade with Vintage Fiat Cars of Puglia through the vineyards to celebrate friendship.

For solidarity, “Unique, special and… naturally organic” is the project in the province of Venezia (Veneto), which sees the participation of differently abled young people who work in the production of Cabernet, without added sulphites, from the grape harvest to bottling. In support of Africa, Sardinia will donate part of the proceeds of the sales of glasses to Africadegna. While Umbria has something new this year “L’Enometro”: you can partake in six wine tastings in any participating cellar from the Alta Valle del Tevere to Terni, and the proceeds of the sale of wine glasses (€5) will go to the Daniele Chianelli Committee, for research to find a cure for leukemia. An “enometro” is an old instrument used to measure alcohol content.

Cantine Aperte is also music. In Veneto, in Ponte di Piave (TV) you can sip your wine to the sounds of the Ritmico Sinfonica Italiana orchestra and the voices of the Art Voice Academy or attend a show dedicated to great singer-songwriters like Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen in Maserada sul Piave (TV). There will also be a musical aperitif in Pozzolengo (BS), Lombardia. Heading south to Guardia Sanframondi (BN), the Conservatorio di Benevento will celebrate the fellowship between wine and music with flutes, violins and cellos while in Montefusco in Campania a young group from Salerno will pay homage to poetry and music to the notes of Fabrizio De André inspired by Edgare Lee Masters’ Spoon River. Sicily stays with tradition featuring popular live music, while over in Tuscany, Cantine Aperte will be accompanied by the accordion and show cooking in the province of Siena or on a different note, there is an eno-music tour in Montalcino where wine is paired with great Italian artist like Gianna Nannini, Jovanotti, Vinicio Capossela and Paolo Conte.

On Sunday, May 26, there will also be room for art: from painting to craftsmanship, including old trades, with numerous exhibitions throughout Italy. In the province of Potenza (Basilicata) you will “observe” wine instead of traditional colors on the canvases of Arianna Greco, artist from Salento who will paint right in the cellar with the collaboration of the public. In Montefusco (Campania) an art installation will premiere in a cellar. In the province of Vicenza in Gambellara (Veneto), an important cooper from Piedmont will reveal the secrets of the ancient art of making barrels. Also in the north, in addition to the local artists who will display their works in Lombardia, in Piedmont you can admire hand-painted ceramics by the Associazione Culturale d’Arte di Novi Ligure. In the green heart of Italy, Umbria, there is the Museum of Wine in Torgiano, keeper of 5,000 years of wine history in its over 3,000 artifacts. Even more artifacts from oil and wine production await visitors on the slopes of Etna including the biggest chestnut-wood barrel in the world.

Lazio chooses sport and archaeology with mountain bike excursions and visits to the Etruscan necropolis in Cerveteri in addition to antique markets and lunches with winemakers featuring zero-mile organic products. For those who love nature, there are walks with donkeys (Negrar, VR), picnics in vineyards (Torano Nuovo, TE) and horse rides in vineyards (Castiglione di Sicilia, CT) or even horse-drawn carriage rides (Azzano Decimo, PN).

There will be hundreds of wines to taste in Puglia where, with the purchase of a wine glass, you can participate in the “Vetro e Vince” (Glass and Win) contest to win bottles of wine. To get to the wineries located all over the region, wine tourists can choose bikes or winebuses on the ten itineraries from Daunia to Salento. There are many bus tours in Lombardia from Franciacorta to San Colombano al Lambro in the hills of Milan, or you can choose rides on bikes, quads or mini quads.

While taking in the wine tastings, tours and walks in the open air all day on May 26, it will still be possible to vote in the Movimento Turismo Vino survey, “Vote for your Favourite Wine Destination”. At the end of the event, the winning regions and wine-producing areas will be revealed. Vote here: