10/08/2014 The curtain rises for Calici di Stelle (Goblets of Stars), the great summer wine festival organized all over Italy by Movimento Turismo del Vino in collaboration with Citt

Starting tomorrow until August 10, the event will bring hundreds of wineries, squares and historical town centers to life with tastings, shows, open museums and “starry nights” to the tune of Domenico Modugno’s most famous song, “In the Sky, Painted Blue” (Volare). From art to dance, tasting tables at the seaside to tastings in shelters at Cortina d’Ampezzo, from social network posts to sky watching in the countryside with the Italian Union of Stargazers, for six days the wine-music-cultural event meets the magic of the territories under the stars from north to south leading up to the night of the shooting stars, on the feast of San Lorenzo.

In Sicily, there will be moonlight visits in the vineyards along with readings from The Leopard during the night harvest (August 10, Donnafugata – Tenuta Donna Fugata at Contessa di Entellina) while in Camporeale Mediterranean beats, from the Sicilian Tarantella to the Spanish Rumba, go hand in hand with the artistic and artisanal laboratories (August 10, Alessandro di Camporeale).

In Campania, jazz hits the stage (August 10, Tenuta Cavlier Pepe di Sant’Angelo all’Esca) while music from the 70s enriches the tribute to Domenico Modugno (August 10, Cantina di Solopaca in the province of Benevento).

In Puglia festivities range from modern dance troupe Skenè with “Sorsi di danza”, inspired by the wine world and its rites (August 5, Piazza Duomo, Trani; August 10, Castello Angioino in Copertino), to the notes of Mr. Volare’s best songs and other Italian pop music inspired by the conviviality of wine with the “Puglia Wine Love” group (Piazza Sacra Regia Udienza, Trani; Piazza del Popolo, Copertino).

Wine meets dance and Modugno’s melodies in Umbria as well (August 10) with the La Step Ballet Company recital paired with a Sagrantino tasting in Montefalco (Piazza del Comune at 9:30pm) and with a concert dedicated to the singer-songwriter set for Otricoli (Piazza della Repubblica, 8pm). The town of Torgiano hosts dinners, exhibitions, shows, pyrotechnics and a guided night tour of the Wine Museum MUVIT (Lungarotti) on the theme of “Legends Among the Stars” (9:30pm-11:30pm by reservation only). For an experience in the cellar, visitors will sip on the top wines of Antonelli San Marco as they gaze at constellations around Montefalco while at the Novelli winery there will be a tasting of three types of Sagrantino: Rosé, Rosato and Montefalco Sagrantino – preceded by a bubbly aperitif at “Waiting for the Stars”.

Inspired by the song “In the Sky, Painted Blue”, MTV cellars in Tuscany, home region of astronomer Galileo Galilei, (August 6-10) will welcome wine lovers in “blue dress code” for night tastings in the hills and to celebrate the “year of the comet” under a Perseid meteor shower. During the event, pictures and selfies can be posted with the hashtag #divinestelle (on Facebook @MovimentoTurismoVinoToscana and on Twitter @MTVinoToscana).

Liguria gets us to “fly” (August 10, Levanto) with a selection of “blue” labels at the seaside.

Heading north, in Veneto, there will be toasts at high altitudes in the Dolomites paired with tastings of typical products and fun for children with Calici di Stelle in the Shelters of Cortina d’Ampezzo (August 9, 11am and 7pm).

In Friuli Venezia Giulia, there will be DOC tastings on the beach (August 8-10, Grado) and in the beautiful town center of Aquileia, a UNESCO world heritage site (August 9-10, Piazza Capitolo).

MTV wineries of the Valle d’Aosta take over the Sarriod de la Tour Castle in Saint-Pierre for a medieval festival featuring music and historical reenactments on August 10.
In Piedmont (August 9) there will be a “starry dinner” featuring typical products of Monferrino with the Cantina Pierino Vellano (Camino).

On the Naviglio Grande Canal in Milan, Modugno’s tunes in addition to MTV Lombardia and MTV Liguria wines will be the stars of the evening leading up to feasting on spaghetti at midnight “just like Domenico used to” (August 6).

Between musical concerts and observing the stars, MTV Molise wineries will welcome visitors in the Palazzo Ducale in Larino with tastings from sunset to sunrise (August 9).

MTV Basilicata wineries will be in Barile (August 8) and wineries from the Marche region in Osimo (August 10, Piazza Nuova) sharing the finest wines of the territory accompanied by wine music, photo exhibits and a play area for the little ones.

The 16 wineries of Abruzzo will welcome wine lovers on August 10 to their cellars (Colle del Sole, La Vinarte, Fattoria Licia, Podere della Torre, Chiarieri, Ciavolich, Monti, Stefania Pepe, Buccicatino) or in the port of Ortona (Agriverde, Dora Sarchese, Citra, Casal Thaulero, Dragani, Ciampoli, Cantina di Ortona).
From happy hour to a midnight toast in Emilia Romagna looking for shooting stars on August 9 in six MTV wineries (Podere Riosto – also on August 10: Manaresi, Tenuta Bonzara, Il Gualdo di Sotto, Poderi dal Nespoli).

In Sardegna, it all happens in the town center of Serdiania (August 8) with tastings of typical products, music, exhibitions, handicrafts and wines from the Argiolas, Pala and Altea wineries.

Even in Calabria there will be six “starry” events in the company of MTV producers (Altomonte, August 5; Feudo dei Sanseverino, August 5-10; Tenuta del Castello, August 6; Casa Ponziana, August 10). The Calici di Stelle event in Lazio will shine bright with tales about stars, galaxies and constellations on August 9 (Ganci e Milone, La Luna del Casale).

There are many events organized by Città del Vino for Calici di Stelle 2014. Consult the website for a complete program of events and initiatives region by region. Among the numerous events, special opening of the Civic Museum in Siena (9pm - midnight) with a wine tasting by the Consorzio Chianti Colli Senesi in collaboration with FISAR, the Italian Federation of Sommeliers, Hoteliers and Restaurateurs, (Loggia dei Nove terrace) while “Rinaldo Franci” (Institute of Musical Studies) students and instructors will play in the Great Council Hall (Sala del Mappamondo). Music and wine will also be the stars at Santa Maria della Scala with the “Siena Jazz Ensemble” and tastings of sweet wines, dessert wines and liqueurs in the “Corte degli Archi” sponsored by the Città del Vino association in collaboration with FISAR.