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Slow Wine 2012 awards six of “our” producers

The producers we have the honour to represent show respect for nature which gave us the vine, for the work of hundreds of generations of men who created wine culture, for the landscape that nature and men shaped together in the vineyards. We don’t consider their work like a competition - faster, higher, stronger - and we shiver thinking of the damage that has been done by the rally for wine guides’ rating points. But we have sympathy for the ones trying to find a new road leading away from the unified international taste and towards terroir and naturality. Among those, we can mention Slow Wine.

Slow Food’s guide to Italian wines this year introduces their foreign editions in English and German. We can only wish good luck to this new adventure.

Among all Italian wine guides, Slow Wine distinguishes itself by the total absence of a point system to rate the wines. Instead, just three kinds of special mentions are used, both for the producers and single bottles:

Vino Slow: wines that ensure both an outstanding drinking experience and an extraordinary background of territorial, traditional and historical values.

Slow Food Snail Award: a winery able to impress the characteristics required for a Vino Slow to all of its wines. Only these producers are presented on a whole page in the guide. There are 160 of them in total and only 6 in Sicily.

Grande Vino: wines that stood out in repeated tastings.

Bottiglia Award: styles wineries which mantain such high quality standards through all their wines.

Vino Quotidiano: a wine with high value for money (reference retail price less than 10 €).

Moneta Award: given to wineries that ensure the Vino Quotidiano criteria for all of their wines.

While we are waiting for Slow Wine 2012 to be released, the special mentions have already been announced, and among these there are five producers from the Quincunx portfolio:

> I Vigneri di Salvo Foti

Slow Food Snail Award
Vinudilice 2010 – Vino Slow

> Ferrandes

Slow Food Snail Award
Passito di Pantelleria 2007 – Vino Slow

> Tenuta di Castellaro

Bottiglia Award
Bianco Pomice 2009 – Grande Vino

> Barraco

Bottiglia Award
Grillo 2009 – Vino Slow

Our special congratulations go to Nino Barraco, Salvatore Ferrandes, Massimo and Stefania from Tenuta di Castellaro, and, of course, to our friend Salvo Foti, oenologist of four priced wines (counting also Benanti’s Pietramarina) and for obtaining the „Cantina Slow“ approval for I Vigneri.

We feel proud and honoured to be allowed to work with independent men who are showing another time how important their work on their vines is, and we hope to be able to prove worthy of a similar portfolio.

Massimo and Thomas

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