Press Release

THE CONSORTIUM FOR THE PROTECTION OF SICILY DOC WINES AT VINITALY 2023 A STAND DEVOTED TO THE WINES OF THE DENOMINATION WITH 125 REFERENCES FOCUS GROUP AND TASTINGS TO TALK ABOUT DOC SICILY

March 29th, 2023
With a completely dedicated stand, where it will be possible to taste the wines of the producing companies, the Consortium for the Protection of Sicily DOC wines is present in Verona for the 55th edition of Vinitaly, which, with more than 4,000 exhibiting companies representing the entire made-in-Italy wine industry, is scheduled for April 2-5, 2023.
Sixty-eight Sicilian companies joined Vinitaly this year and they will be present through their references at the stand (G87, Pavilion 2 – Sicily), for a total of no fewer than 125 wines. The Consortium will also have a few events to illustrate some of its projects and activities.
“We are pleased to participate in the 55th edition of Vinitaly,” affirms Antonio Rallo, the president of the Consortium for the Protection of Sicily DOC Wines, “which has certainly contributed over the years to the growth and success of Italian wine on international markets. At its stand, the Consortium will welcome all those who would like to become more familiar with the wines of the Denomination, in a space entirely dedicated to that purpose. In a scenario like the current one, it is important for all the island’s producers to have an increasingly well-recognised brand like that of Sicily DOC.”
There will be encounters at the stand starting on Sunday April 2nd, the subject of special focus groups, reserved for specialised press and trade operators, on the island’s most representative grape varieties, namely Nero D’Avola, Grillo, and Lucido. Some events, hosted in the Meeting Hall of Pavilion 2 – Sicily, are, instead, devoted to projects, initiatives and activities that the Consortium is carrying out, starting off with the Press Conference “Wine & Sicilian Excellence: The Consortium for the Protection of Sicily DOC wines and Le Soste di Ulisse united for the purpose of promoting the heritage of the “Continent Sicily”, which will be held on Monday April 3rd at 12:45 pm. In fact, on this occasion, the President of the Consortium, Antonio Rallo, together with the President of Le Soste di Ulisse, Pino Cuttaia, the Marketing & Communication Area Coordinator of the Sicily DOC Consortium, Elisabetta Briguglio, the Marketing and Business Manager of Le Soste di Ulisse, Daniele Siena, will illustrate the details of the partnership signed between Sicily DOC and the association that brings together gourmet and traditional restaurants in Sicily, historic pastry shops, charme hotels, wineries and private cultural institutions, all united by the desire to enhance the island’s extraordinary food and wine, landscape, artistic, cultural and monumental heritage.

On Wednesday April 5th at 10 am the updates of the project “The identity of the Sicilian vineyard – The Paulsen nursery and the enhancement of Sicilian grape germplasm” will be illustrated in detail, a project promoted and supported by the Consortium for the Protection of Sicily DOC wines in partnership with the Regional Department of Agriculture of the Region of Sicily, the University of Palermo and the “F. Paulsen” Regional Centre for the Conservation of Viticultural and Agricultural Biodiversity, dedicated to the conservation of the biodiversity generated by 3,000 years of wine growing on the island and its native varieties. After the welcoming words of the President of the DOC Sicily Consortium, Antonio Rallo, the speakers will be the Director General of the Regional Department of Agriculture, Dario Cartabellotta, the Director of Area II Programming of the Regional Department of Agriculture, Vincenzo Pernice, the President of the Italian Academy of Vine and Wine, Rosario Di Lorenzo, the person in charge of the Certification of the multiplication materials for the Crea-Ve vine, Carmelo Zavaglia. Luca Sammartino, the Council Member for Agriculture, rural development and Mediterranean fishing, will conclude the conference.
Below is the programme with scheduled events:
Sunday April 2nd
1:15 pm – Sicily DOC stand
Focus group on Nero d’Avola – Seminar and tasting with foreign press
2:30 pm – Sicily DOC stand
Encounter of Canadian Buyers with the Ambasciatori dei vini (Ambassadors of Wines)
4:00 pm – Sicily DOC stand
Focus group on Nero D’Avola – Seminar and tasting with the Italian press and sector operators
Monday April 3rd
10 am – Sicily DOC stand
Encounter with US Buyers
12 noon – Sicily DOC stand
Encounter with Buyers from Northern Europe
12:45 pm– Meeting Hall
Press conference “Wine & Sicilian excellence: The Consortium for the Protection of Sicily DOC Wines and Le Soste di Ulisse united for the promotion of the heritage of the “Continent Sicily”
3:00 pm – Sicily DOC stand
Focus group on Grillo – Seminar and tasting with the Italian press and sector operators
4:30 pm – Sicily DOC stand
Focus group on Lucido – Seminar and tasting with the foreign press
Tuesday April 4th
10:00 am Sicily DOC stand
Encounter with Buyers from Mexico
12:00 noon Sicily DOC stand
Focus group on the Sicilian Vineyard, the largest Organic vineyard in Europe with Italian press and sector operators
4:30pm Sicily DOC stand
Focus group on Organic DOC Sicily wines, with foreign press
Wednesday April 5th
10:00am – Meeting Hall
“The identity of the Sicilian vineyard – The Paulsen nursery and the enhancement of Sicilian vine germplasm”
To register for scheduled events, please contact Laura Ruffato (info@ab-comunicazione.it)
Consortium for the Protection of Sicily DOC Wines
The Consortium for the Protection of Sicily DOC Wines (siciliadoc.wine) was established in 2012, with the aim of representing the wine of the Sicilian territory and promoting the Sicily DOC denomination, with activities aimed at increasing the visibility of this symbol of Made in Italy and at protecting and supervising the defense of consumers and producers.
Almost 8,000 winegrowers and about 500 bottlers are promoters of the Controlled Designation of Origin, a recognition helpful for representing them but also for enhancing and safeguarding the island’s wine production. Sicily is the largest organic wine area in Italy: It represents 30% of the national surface area and with its over 42 thousand hectares it also holds the record among the regions that practise sustainable wine growing, subject to the regulations regarding organic or integrated production practices.