“Open Cellars Crystal Edition”: March 7 Open Day for great Tuscan wines with Movimento Turismo del Vino, Capital of Crystal for one day

07/03/2015 Movimento Turismo del Vino Tuscany Cellars transfer to the Consorzio del Cristalle di Colle Val d’Elsa, home of art, design and artisanship, for an entire day. Crystal creations and decorations as well as big and small precious wines come together on an instructive sensory journey to discover the “unique treasures” of the Grand Duchy

Open day for “Open Cellars Crystal Edition”: signature Movimento Turismo del Vino Tuscany wines (www.mtvtoscana.com) move to the heart of crystal production for an entire day dedicated to wine lovers and lovers of all things artisan. In the heart of art, design and artisan Tuscany on Saturday, March 7, the finest in wine and art from the territory will meet at the Consorzio del Cristallo di Colle Val d’Elsa (www.cristallo.org). The master cutters with their crystal creations and decorations as well as big and small treasured wine will come together for the first time in the Crystal Capital on an educative sensory journey through the unique treasures of the Grand Duchy from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“The itinerary, with illustrations of the various stops on the route,” explains Violante Gardini, President of Movimento Turismo del Vino Tuscany, “will be a sort of treasure map, which brings the master glassmakers and cutters into the workshops and the Museum of Crystal. It is here that wine enthusiasts will be able to see how the most refined glasses are made, fruit of the design, artisanship and high technology. Each stop on the itinerary,” continues Violante Gardini, who has strongly supported this event along with the Consorzio del Cristallo di Colle Val di Elsa, “offers tastes of wine from different cellars, presented by the makers themselves or by Fisar Sommeliers.” (www.fisarsienavaldelsa.it)
“Crystal,” concludes Violante Gardini, “decorates and makes our tables more beautiful with its ‘sparkle’, great Tuscan wines enrich and delight even the most demanding palates, and what a better opportunity than this for wine lovers and hard-core shoppers to learn about and to take home their favourite wines and discover and choose the ‘right’ glass, fruit of top artisanship and Made-in-Tuscany design.”

Crystal factories and master cutters with their crystal creations and decorations and the top Tuscan appellations including distilleries, together for the first time in the Capital of Crystal, will provide an exclusive instructive sensory itinerary, starting with tastings in Chianti Classico at Cantalici, Castello di Radda and Castellare di Castellina wineries at the RCR Crystal Factory (www.rcrcrystal.com) to then continue on to the Collevilca Crystal Factory (www.collevilca.it) where Orcia and Brunello wines from Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Carmignano from Tenuta di Capezzana and Artimino and Nobile di Montepulciano Bindella await. Obligatory stop at this crystal factory for a timeless moment of glamour: a lesson in etiquette (at 11:30 a.m.) featuring the placement and use of wine glasses on the most elegant table. Off to the next stops where the cutters are in the spotlight: la Moleria La Grotta del Cristallo (www.lagrottacrystal.com) where Chinati from Agricola Tamburini, Chianti Colli Senesi from Borgo Santinovo and wines from Colline Aretine with Camperchi all await, in addition to Moleria Franco Cucini (www.formesulcristallo.it) where it will be possible to admire an “artisan at work” and taste Brunello from Loacker Corte Pavone and Poggio San Polo wineries as well as spirits from Distillerie Bonollo. The Museum of Crystal (www.cristallo.org) will be the perfect conclusion to the day with tastes of wines from the Varramista winery in the area of Pisa, Montecucco from Tenuta l’Impostino and Morellino di Scansano with Rocca di Frassinello. And now, raise your glasses to toast together on Saturday, March 7.
(For further information regarding times, bookings and cost, visit: www.mtvtoscana.com)

Movimento Turismo del Vino Tuscany
The non-profit association Movimento Turismo del Vino, started in 1993 to encourage visiting winemaking areas and meeting their producers, is divided into regional delegations each coordinated by a president and council. Since July 2013, Violante Gardini has lead MTV Tuscany and its 80 member wineries in addition to three travel agencies representing all the wine territories in the region. It would be worth it to visit all of them: there are those family-run wineries where the producers personally meet with visitors conveying the passion that animates them. Others are situated in historical locations such as hamlets, villas or castles and tell century-old stories. Still others are masterpieces designed by great contemporary architects. Yet they all express the same love for the territory and for the noble fruit of the land: grapes.

Consorzio del Cristallo Colle Val d’Elsa
Colle di Val d’Elsa is located in the heart of Tuscany and is considered to be the Capital of Crystal as it produces 95% of the Italian crystal production and 14% of production worldwide. Making glass in Colle di Val d’Elsa is a result of an age-old history up to the present where traditional practices meet the most modern and diverse techniques.
To promote crystal artisanship and the industry in Colle di Val d’Elsa, the Consorzio Cristallo di Colle di Val d’Elsa was created: a consortium that includes all entities within the crystal-making field. Through its various activities, the Consorzio aims to educate about the material as well as the land that generates it as a synonym of its identity, participation and therefore quality. In addition to its promotional events, the Consorzio del Cristallo manages the only Italian Museum of Crystal in Colle di Val d’Elsa. Colle Vilca, RCR, Museum of Crystal and cutters Luciano Bandinelli and Riccardo Cucini will all participate in the initiative on Saturday, March 7.

Fisar Siena Valdelsa
The aim of Fisar Antica Terra Siena and Valdelsa is to spread the wine and food culture, not only among its members, but also in collaboration with those who work in the sector, private or public institutions, on a daily basis. It is a task that requires professionalism, commitment and passion, something which Fisar Siena Valdelsa carries on with humility, enthusiasm and a constructive spirit.

Colle Val d’Elsa
Colle Val d’Elsa has an Etruscan and Roman past, but discovered its vocation for crystal in the Middle Ages, an activity which currently employs 700 people for a turnover of 70 million euros a year. A must see is “Colle Alta” with its old buildings and gourmet restaurants, some with a Michelin star, that make the Capital of Crystal even a gourmand capital.




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