Saturday, April 27 at 4 p.m. in the presence of the Institutions for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Only Wine, The Exhibition of Young Producers and Small Wineries, at Palazzo Vitelli in Sant’Egidio, Città di Castello (Pg), is expected to be attended by the Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies Hon. Anna Ascani, the Governor of the Region of Umbria Donatella Tesei, the Councillor for Agricultural Policies of the Region of Umbria Roberto Morroni, the Mayor of Città di Castello Luca Secondi, the City Councillor for Tourism Letizia Guerri.

Everything is ready in Città di Castello, in the province of Perugia, for the eleventh edition of Only Wine, the Exhibition of Young Producers and Small Wineries, which will take place April 27-29, 2024 once again in the beautiful park of Palazzo Vitelli in Sant’Egidio, under the patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forestry, the Region of Umbria, the GAL Alta Umbria and the Municipality of Città di Castello, which has believed in and hosted the festival since the first year. Monday, April 29 is also reconfirmed as the B2B day dedicated to industry professionals, buyers and journalists with closure to the public, maintaining the layout of the fair days.

THE NUMBERS – There will be 145 wineries at the fair, from all regions of Italy and abroad, along with 4 Consorzios, with more than 400 labels featured in tastings, talks and presentations, 6 masterclasses and an EXTRAWINE Fuori Salone. These are the numbers of an event that has grown tremendously in recent years, beloved by the public of winelovers and insiders alike, so much so that it has come to involve wineries from beyond the Alps such as those in the Champagne region and other Border Nations.

THE NOVELTIES OF THE 2024 EDITION – Among the great novelties of this edition to stand out is the presence of four Consorzi: the Consorzio e Tutela Vini dell’Oltrepò Pavese, the Sannio Consorzio Tutela Vini, the Consorzio di Tutela Vini Roma Doc, the Consorzio del Vinosanto Affumicato dell’Alto Tevere – a small pearl of the city of Tifernate – and the newly formed Associazione Cantine Altra Umbria. Brand new is the arrival of winemakers from across the border: from the Champagne region to Slovenian, Albanian, Swiss and Austrian productions for a niche and quality cultural exchange.

The program also includes a talk “What will be the future of Italian wine?” with “flying wimemaker” Roberto Cipresso, one of the world’s best-known oenologists who can count to his credit wines produced from different varieties, territories and wine cultures, and with wine popularizer Francesco Saverio Russo. Plus… The “DRINK PINK” phenomenon: when and where does the “pink drinking” fad break out? Why does Italy play a central role internationally? What are the most important countries? Experiments in hand, why do prejudices about rosé wine still persist? We find out thanks to the data and research of Chiara Giorleo, food and wine critic and co-curator of the guide to Italy’s best rosés. A curious “pink wine hunt” will follow throughout the fair.

Also not to be missed are the EXTRAWINE section events that will take place in Matteotti Square in the center of Città di Castello. These will include the presentation of Angelo Peretti’s book, “Spiritual Exercises for Wine Drinkers,” and the meeting “Journey through the History of Umbrian Wine” with Guido Farinelli, food and wine historian. There could be no shortage of beer, with the Hops Made in Italy network, which works on the realization of the hop supply chain in Italy.

Strongly desired by the municipal administration, the organizers and the Italian Sommelier Association is then the initiative “A sommelier at your table”: in the restaurants of Città di Castello will be available to the public a free somellerie service, offered by the delegation of the Italian Sommelier Association of Umbria.

THE MASTERCLASSES – There will be no shortage of in-depth discussions and tastings with the most renowned names on the national wine scene who will accompany the public to taste labels from Oltrepò Pavese, Roma Doc, Sannio, Champagne and some labels from Only Wine winemakers … and not to forget the trends we will also find a focus on Rosé Wines.

In particular: Saturday, April 27 – 4:30 p.m. MASTERCLASS ROME HAS ITS DOC, led by Francesco Saverio Russo, Enrico popularizer and Only Wine selector assisted by the producers present; Saturday, April 27 – 6 p.m.30 MASTERCLASS OLTREPÒ, TERRA DI PINOT NERO led by Miriam Prencisvalle, Pavia delegate of the Italian Sommelier Association with the director of the Consorzio Tutela Vini Oltrepò Pavese Carlo Veronese; Sunday, April 28 – 12 p.m. MASTERCLASS I VITIGNI STORICI DEL’OLTREPÓ PAVESE, led by Miriam Prencisvalle, Pavia delegate of the Italian Sommelier Association with the director of the Consorzio Tutela Vini Oltrepò Pavese Carlo Veronese; Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m. MASTERCLASS ELOGIO DEL VINO CONTEMPORANEO, led by Francesco Saverio Russo, wine popularizer; Sunday, April 28, 5 p.m. MASTERCLASS CHAMPAGNE led by Gianluca Grimani, head of the Vitae Guide; Sunday, April 28, 6 p.m.30 MASTERCLASS LA FALANGHINA – INCONFONDIBLE IDENTITY OF SANNIO” conducted by Francesco Saverio Russo, wine popularizer. All appointments can be found at www.onlywine.it where you can also purchase tickets for both entry to the event, master classes, and the Champagne area.

HOURS OF THE EVENT: Saturday, April 27, 2-7 p.m., open to the public. Sunday, April 28, 12- 6 p.m., open to the public. Monday, April 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Ho.Re.Ca. sector only. and Printing. For ticket purchase, reservations and more info: www.onlywinefestival.it

Press Office Source: Francesca Gigli