Cantine Aperte, the main event organised every year by the Movimento Turismo del Vino Lombardia, is back after the 2020 break. And it does so in a big way, doubling the number of dates on offer. More than thirty member wineries will welcome visitors both on 29/30 May and 19/20 June: in this way, participants will have two different opportunities to visit and taste the wines and the associated wineries will in turn have more opportunities to make themselves known.
Carlo Pietrasanta, president of the Movimento Turismo del Vino Lombardia, explains: "After having created the (now national) Vigneti Aperti format in 2020, which allowed wine enthusiasts to come to our wineries and experience the vineyards, this year we are once again inviting our friends to our vineyards, where the distance between the rows of vines and the vegetative wall allow them to lower their masks and smile, while holding an excellent glass of Lombardy wine".
"Finally we are back to toasting in presence, respecting all the precautions to be able to do so in absolute safety, commented the Undersecretary for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies, Gian Marco Centinaio. "I am convinced that we will appreciate this year's edition even more because we missed it in 2020. I think it is extremely positive that this year there is a double appointment for wine lovers and companies. I have always believed in the great potential of wine tourism, which can become an extraordinary driving force for our products and our territories, especially now that our country is emerging from the pandemic emergency. We look forward to drinking our wines together again, really with a smile.
Wine has to be one of the elements capable of relaunching tourism in our territories," adds Fabio Rolfi, councillor for Agriculture, Food and Green Systems at Regione Lombardia. "This is the product that best identifies and tells the story of a valle, an entire area or even a province. Food and wine will be one of the main reasons for attracting post-Covid tourist flows and Regione Lombardia wants to be ready to intercept these opportunities. The initiative promoted by MTV Lombardy, which I would like to thank very much, comes at a very special time. Vineyards and wine cellars are ideal places to spend days outdoors in total safety, tasting and rediscovering the products of Lombardy, which is increasingly confirming itself in Italy and worldwide as an extraordinary wine-growing region".
"There are many young wineries entering wine tourism for the first time, especially in Oltrepò Pavese," concludes Carlo Pietrasanta. "I am very happy about these new memberships, because they demonstrate the validity of the work we have been doing for almost thirty years; I hope that this will help to encourage the historic member wineries not to lose the enthusiasm to continue opening their doors to visitors (with all the controls, distances and prevention and contrast procedures of Covid-19) so that spending a day in the vineyards is a relaxing and regenerating experience".
More than thirty wineries have joined Cantine Aperte 2021 in Valtellina, Valcalepio, Franciacorta, Montenetto, Lugana, Colli Morenici Mantovani, Lambrusco Mantovano, San Colombano al Lambro and Oltrepò Pavese.