The third edition of the Italian Wine Fair was held in Brazil on November 10 in the elegant setting of the Nervi Room at the Italian Embassy in Brasilia. It was a specialized event intended for a select public, curated by the International Food&Wine critic, Sueli Maestri.
The twelve main importers and distributors presented over 150 labels from 12 Italian regions. Invited for the first time, experimentally, were three Brazilian winemakers of Italian origin (Casa Perini, La Grande Bellezza and Vinicola Cristofoli), with autochthonous wines based on the family’s experience and handed down by generations of Italians established in Brazil since 1870.
“Brazilian cuisine adapts perfectly to the extraordinary sensations produced by Italian wines, and the Italo-Brazilian wines, all different, all excellent can do the same for Italian cuisine,” the Italian Ambassador to Brazil, Francesco Azzarello, told his audience. “Italian and Italo-Brazilian wines are complementary, while at the same time enriching both countries, and potentially increasing flows in the two directions – continued the Ambassador – all in an effort of promotion of the growing wine culture in Brazil. We hope very soon to see it receive the valorization it deserves abroad as well.”
“The only problem for wines in Brazil – concluded the Ambassador – is the taxation that is really extremely penalizing for everyone, with consequences on prices, to the detriment of the possibility for more people to enjoy the nectar of the gods”.