Grandi Langhe opens its doors to 21 international sommeliers aged under 35
Grandi Langhe has always been an unmissable event for international buyers and wine merchants, but this year it will also welcome a group of young sommeliers from all over the world
Grandi Langhe 2019 is fast approaching and the Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Dogliani and the Consorzio del Roero has introduced many new features for the fourth edition of this Piedmont wine preview, due to be held in Alba on 28th and 29th January. The event, brought forward to the month of January, will introduce controlled designation of origin wines as well as the new Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero vintages, will be held in a unique location and will take place over two days. Grandi Langhe, which continues to focus on increasing the presence of top quality Langhe wines in international restaurants, will also feature the participation of 21 sommeliers aged under 35 this year, paying tribute to the important role they play in promoting and raising the profile of wine from Piedmont across the world.
“The 2019 edition of Grandi Langhe will be packed with new features – remarked Matteo Ascheri, Chairman of the Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Dogliani – such as this invitation to sommeliers, who play a key role as true ambassadors of wine across the world. Inviting them to the Langhe offers them the opportunity to discover our wines, but also our land, culture and gastronomic traditions and consequently the best pairings for our wines. This will enable them to continue to contribute to the success of our products, including in the world of international dining. To achieve this, we decided to focus on the new generation, which is why we have selected young sommeliers, all of whom are aged under 35.”
A truly international representation, sommeliers have been selected from all of the main markets, both within the European Union – Sweden, Finland, Poland, United Kingdom, Lithuania, Austria and Slovenia – and outside of it – Canada, United States and India.
However, that is not the only new feature being introduced for the fourth edition of Grandi Langhe, as the programme has also been enhanced with six workshops. Over the course of two days, the workshops, held by Edmondo Bonelli and Edoardo Monticelli, will explore the geology of the Langhe and take an in-depth look at the main characteristics of vines grown in the area.
Lots of new features to look forward to then for the next edition of Grandi Langhe, an important event for the Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Dogliani and the Consorzio del Roero and for visitors, who will have the opportunity to taste wines from over 200 companies participating in the event and presenting previews of their new vintages.