Vinitaly 2012, one of the world’s most important wine exhibitions, takes place next weekend in Verona, Italy. The wine exhibition showcases hundreds of international wines, drawing thousands of visitors and wine professionals. If you are in or near Verona, or know someone who is, you might want to snag a ticket; as best as we can tell, they’re still available. The event starts Saturday March 24 and runs through the following Wednesday. The weekend is a mix of tastings, lectures and presentations. As noted, it’s tailored to folks in the wine business, but if you’re a wine aficionado, it might be fun to give it a try.
On Saturday evening, there’s a tasting of 100 of Italy’s best wines, selected by the esteemed U.S. magazine, Wine Spectator. A few — just a few! — highlights over the next several days include a selection by Italy’s “Doctor Wine,” Daniele Cernilli, a well-regarded wine critic who has awarded over 100 Italian wines the Taste Italy flag, a symbol of excellence. “Doctor Wine” will be broadcasting interviews with wine producers over the course of the exhibition the week after next. In Italian, of course. If any of his interviews interesting, we’ll definitely share them on Tour Italy Now’s social media channels.
Vinitaly 2012 will also play homage to Verona and its best-known regional wine, Valpolicella. (It’s even fun to say!) As for the city of Verona, this World Heritage city.
Here is how the Vinitaly website is suggesting visitors approach sightseeing: Begin your exploration of Verona in the centrally located Piazza Brà, where the enormous Arena, a Roman amphitheatre from the first century A.D., is located. To this day, the Arena still hosts the 22,000 spectators attending the prestigious, annual opera season held there each summer. Located nearby are the Palazzo Barbieri and Palazzo della Gran Guardia. Along the Liston, an elegant pink marble sidewalk that borders one side of Piazza Brà, and along the Via Mazzini, Verona’s most elegant shopping avenue, the Veronese enjoy a daily, ritual stroll called the passeggiata. At the end of Via Mazzini sits one of the city’s most famous monuments, Casa di Giulietta, home of Juliet, Shakespeare’s tragic heroine.