The book has become the definitive guide to small-scale artisanal winemaking in Italy today.
Slow Food was created in the late 1980s by its visionary, Carlo Petrini. The movement and its manifesto were founded to counter what he saw as a growing threat to the authentic and traditional foods and foodways of Italy: The advent of fast food there.
Back then there wasn’t a lot of fast food in Italy. And McDonald’s was just beginning to expand its presence. The opening of its huge restaurant at the foot of the Spanish Steps (Trinità dei Monti) became a sort of battle cry for lovers and defenders of Italian foodways.
The movement ultimately became a publisher of guides, books, and magazine, all intended to document and promote awareness of traditional Italian gastronomy and food products. It also championed the food producers themselves.
In 2009, Slow Food Editore (the publishing arm of the movement) launched its first wine guide.
It highlights small-scale wine production by people who have a connection to the land they farm. It doesn’t exclude conventional growers but the overwhelming majority of wineries profiled in the guide are organic and many of them are biodynamic.
Perhaps the most important thing about the guide, the editors have told us, is that they don’t just provide tasting notes for the wines the editors selection. But they also tell the stories of the wines, the wineries, and the winemakers themselves. In fact, before the first year the guide was published, the other popular wine guides only offered their readers scores and tasting notes, without any mention of the winemakers and grape growers themselves.
We have been included in the guide for many years and have even won some of the editors’ prizes. We have also participated in their grand tasting/preview of the guide. This year, that event will take place on October 13 in Montecatini in Tuscany.
We support the guide and its editors in their mission! And we hope to see you there!