Slow Wine recognizes our winery and our Asolo Prosecco DOCG with its prestigious “Snail” award for a second year in a row.
For the second year in a row, the editors of the Slow Wine guide have awarded the Bele Casel winery with its “Chiocciola” or “Snail” award. And also for the second year in a row, they have awarded our Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG with its Snail award for “best every day wine.”
The Slow Wine guide is a branch of the Slow Food movement, which was founded in the 1980s to advocate for traditional Italian foods and wines, culinary traditions, and authentic Italian food products.
The founders used the word “slow” as an answer to the wave of “fast food” restaurants that began to open across Italy during the second half of that decade and beyond. Many point to the opening of the McDonald’s in Rome at the foot of the Spanish Steps (Trinità dei Monti) as the “straw that broke the camel’s back.” At the time, it was the biggest McDonald’s in Italy and it was striking to see it set against one of the most iconic views in the Eternal City as Rome is known. Today, there are fast food restaurants all over Italy, including other American fast food brands (which we really don’t need to mention here; if you’ve ever been to the U.S. or Italy for that matter, you’ve seen them in the cities and even in the countryside now).
We submit our wines to a number of Italian wine guides every year. And it’s always a thrill to see our wines and our winery being mentioned by their editors.
But it’s especially rewarding for us to see our name and our wine in the Slow Wine guide. In just a few years since its founding, it has emerged as one of the best guides to Italian wines (in our humble opinion). One of the things that makes it so special (and very different from the other popular guides today) is that the editors make a point of visiting the wineries that they review. They don’t just taste the wines blindly but also interact with the winemakers and grape growers to learn more about what they do and what makes their wines unique.
Thank you to the editors of the guide for including us again! And congratulations to you on your excellent work. You make the world of Italian wine a better place!