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The Consortium for the Protection of Sicily DOC Wines partner of the Sicily branch of the Italian Sommelier Association in setting up the new school for competitions

A rich calendar of events for the new Sicily branch of the Italian Sommelier Association’s school which kicked off on June 3rd.
The project proposes a program made up of multiple insights into the various facets of the Sicilian wine heritage and other products of excellence
The eagerly-awaited School for Competitions of the Sicily branch of the Italian Sommelier Association has finally begun and the Consortium for the Protection of Sicily DOC Wines will act as a partner during the entire educational path, created with the aim of providing students with a base for more extensive knowledge, with a perfect mix of theory and practice. The School for Competitions will end on October 7th, to make way for the annual meeting of the Competition for the Best Sommelier in Sicily, which will be held on October 15th.
An important project that has found a strategic partner in the Consortium for the Protection of Sicily DOC Wines and that, in the logic of a “traveling” school, is hosted at five different wineries of Sicily DOC Producers. Each lesson will end with a blind tasting of five wines with as many focuses on native vine varieties and Sicily DOC blends.

The educational course will involve 3 national champions, Best Sommeliers in Italy, and two regional champions as Italian Sommelier Association teachers. Each lesson will include a theoretical part and technical-practical tests, also in English, and will be broadcast online with recordings that can also be used offline by participants. To date, 34 people have registered, coming from all the provinces of the island.
The first lesson took place on June 3rd at the Europa Winery and was held by the National Italian Sommelier Association Competitions Manager Maurizio Zanolla, Best Sommelier for Tuscany for 2005. During the first meeting various topics were discussed including: food/wine pairings with tangible examples of the transversality of Sicilian wines and a focus on the world of wine outside national borders, investigating both the international and European environments. During the lesson, 5 Sicily Doc wines of the native Catarratto variety were tasted. On June 5th, the Castellaccia di Duca Winery in Salaparuta was the host of the second lesson, held by Simone Loguercio, the Best Sommelier of Italy for 2018. Also on this occasion, the Sicily DOC wines were the protagonists with a focus on Grillo, and a tasting of 6 different expressions of the vine, from sparkling wine to the late grape harvest.
After the summer break, the program will resume in September/October, a period when students will be engaged in the last three lessons:
Monday, Sept. 11th, 2023, at Alessandro di Camporeale with Valentino Tesi Best Sommelier of Italy for 2019 who will be speaking about Trento Doc, Service and Communication, and will be responsible for an English-language tasting of five Sicilian Doc wines with a focus on the native Sicilian vine, Nero D’avola
Saturday, Sept. 30th, 2023, at the Gorghi Tondi Estates with Lusito Perrazzo, Best Sommelier of Italy for 2005 who will discuss beer, blends, tea, distilled spirits, cigars and chocolate, with the tasting of 5 Sicily Doc wines and with a focus on White Blends.
Saturday, October 7th, 2023, at Maccari Manor with Antonio Riontino, Best Sommelier of Puglia for 2017 who will deal with the written tasting, written and oral communication test, practical examples with the tasting of 5 Sicily Doc wines with a focus on the Red Blends.
The long-awaited final of the Competition for the Best Sommelier of Sicily will take place on October 15th, which will have an initial preliminary written test from which the finalists will be chosen. The final challenge will be open to the public and will end with a tasting of excellent Sicilian wine products. The winner will automatically enter the final of the competition for the Best Sommelier in Italy, set for next November, without going through the preliminary stages of the competition.
The regional and thematic competitions and above all the competition for the Best Sommelier in Italy are a recognition of the commitment made by the sommeliers who, with passion, talk about the world of Italian wine and become ambassadors of entire territories such as, in this case, Sicily. The Consortium for the Protection of Sicily DOC Wines is an actor and custodian of the island’s wine culture and the partnership with the Italian Sommelier Association’s School for Competitions is another important element in the story of the excellent wines produced in this unique winemaking area.
Consortium for the Protection of Sicily DOC Wines
The Consortium for the Protection of Sicily DOC Wines (siciliadoc.wine) came to life in 2012, with the aim of promoting Sicily DOC wines, via activities aimed at increasing the visibility of a brand that is a symbol of Made in Italy, as well as protecting the product with supervisory activities in defense of consumers and producers.
Nearly 8,000 winemakers and about 500 bottlers are promoters of the Controlled Designation of Origin, a recognition useful to representing them but also to enhancing and safeguarding the island’s wine production. Sicily is the largest organic wine-growing area in Italy: it represents 30% of the national surface area and with its over 42,000 hectares, it also holds the record among the regions that practice sustainable viticulture, subject to organic or integrated production regulations.