CALICI DI STELLE IN THREE CENTRES

29/07/2011 The 2011 wine tasting event takes place in three cities from 9,00 p.m. until midnight: Trani on Wednesday 10 August, then moves down into the Salento area to Otranto on Saturday 6 August and Galatina on Saturday 13 August.

The 2011 wine tasting event takes place in three cities from 9,00 p.m. until midnight: Trani on Wednesday 10 August, then moves down into the Salento area to Otranto on Saturday 6 August and Galatina on Saturday 13 August.

These three cities are all deeply linked in their history and culture to Puglia's winemaking tradition: Trani and Otranto are two charming tourist centres with important roles during the Reign of Naples; when Trani was the administrative seat for the Terra di Bari and Otranto for the Terra d'Otranto.

Galatina is a beautiful 'City of Art' with a wealth of monuments, churches, and baroque architecture featuring richly decorated façades and balconies. It is also the 'City of Wine', one of Italy's most active wine cities.

In the magical atmosphere of the week of San Lorenzo , Calici di Stelle gives the tourists and local people the chance to participate in a great festival with music, dance and theatre shows, and tastings of the best Puglian wines and oils, 55 companies from Daunia to the Salento.

'Wine & food and tourism are the two main aspects that characterize our unique and beautiful region – says Dario Stefàno, Councillor for the Agrifood Resources of Puglia Region. In spite of difficult economic conditions, this year as well Puglia Region supports this event, one of Puglia's main festival; it is a great chance for tourists and wine lovers to know more about Puglia's winemaking and its good food and nice hospitality'.

For this 13th edition the Movimento Turismo del Vino Puglia has organized many initiatives that mix wine-art-culture: dance, music and theatre shows, extraordinary opening of monuments, guided visits and tasting mini-courses.

'Wine is a good way to discover our region- says Silvia Godelli, Councillor for Mediterranean, Culture and Tourism of Puglia Region- and the deep link between culture and the winemaking areas. Beautiful monuments, cities of art, itineraries this is what Puglia offers to its visitors'.

Tourists and wine lovers have the opportunity to book the free' Calici di stelle Winebus' a safe and easy way to reach the different centres.

This initiative is realized with the support of the Mediterranean, Culture and Tourism Department of Puglia Region within the 'Città Aperte' programme and thanks to the collaboration between the Movimento Turismo del Vino Puglia and Lecce APT.

'Calici di Stelle is an event dedicated to quality wine and oil – says Vittoria Cisonno, president of the Movimento Turismo del Vino Puglia – a festival for visitors and local people who want to know all about the wines and oils of our region. For this reason – continues the president Cisonno – we decided to focus on the cultural value of tasting,meaning attentive and responsible consumption of each product'.

Puglia's Ais sommeliers and tasters introduce and explain the quality and features the region's products. This is an unmissable appointment to discover the traditional vines and wines of the area, from Nero di Troia to Primitivo, from the whites of the Valle d'Itria to Negroamaro.

Visitors can buy the 'Calici di Stelle Kit' (15 euro) at the infopoints of the three cities containing a tasting glass, 10 tasting-tickets, taralli and a map of the event.

Orfeo Mazzitelli Foundation and the Forma Theatre of Bari are the main sponsor of the event. This association, founded by Dante and Maria Teresa Mazzitelli in honour of their father Orfeo, is involved in events of great cultural and artistic value. The Forma Theatre of Bari has collaborated in the organization of the artistic programme of the three events.

Calici di stelle is not only a great festival but above all a unique opportunity to valorise the territory, its wine-growers and its culture.




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