18 February 2013

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Chinese buyers visiting the organic lands of Sicily


They are visiting food and wine Sicily far and wide. A tour that started from Marsala and will reach Etna. From Thursday 21st to 24th February a delegation of buyers from China, a nation that increasingly appreciates Sicilian organic agri-food production, is having the opportunity to visit the companies, tasting the productions live and learning about the various production steps.

The event was organized as part of the OFOM project, or Organic Food Organic Mood, created for the promotion of Italian organic farming products on the Chinese market. It was made possible thanks to the collaboration between associations, institutions, consortia and commercial entities, such as Federbio, Bioagricoop, Bioagricert, Regione Sicilia, IRVOS, Città di Marsala, Città di Vittoria, ONAV, Alt-Wines, Sicily Organic Wine, Sicilia Bio , Isola Bio Sicily, Città del Bio.


Wine, oil, jams, dried fruit, pasta, honey, vegetable and fish preserves. In short, the excellence of Sicilian production will be the true protagonist. Moreover, direct knowledge between producer and buyer certainly favors commercial discussions which could then lead to interesting economic agreements for the island.


The first stop was Marsala and in particular the IRVOS Experimental Cellar. Here the manager Dr. Giuseppe Russo showed buyers the various rooms of the cellar and the research and experimental work that the organization carries out. Following, a technical tasting by Giuseppe Genna of four experimental wines from the cellar: a Grillo, a Nero d'Avola and two Passiti, one from Pantelleria and one from Linosa. The Chinese buyers, together with a group of Japanese colleagues, had already been involved a few days ago in Bologna, as part of the same project, in an ABC of tasting organized by the Institute's oenologist Gianni Giardina. This was then followed by the tasting of organic Sicilian wines and oils.


Here is the program:


Thursday 21 February

Custonaci – Manfredi Barbera oil mill

Marsala – at the IRVOS headquarters

Meeting with the producers and tasting of organic wines (Az. Vasari, Tenuta Gatti, Az. Fenech, Masseria del Feudo)

Meeting with the authorities of the European City of Wine

Visit to the Colomba Bianca and Marchesi de Gregorio wineries


Friday 22 February


Poggioreale – Tamburello Company

Sciacca – Campo d'Oro&co. By Paolo Licata and Bonolio

Racalmuto – Isola Bio Sicilia Consortium (producers meeting and product tasting)

Naro – Az. Vinicola Bagliesi, Az. Bioalmond, Az. Cannavò Amaro BioBarocho


Saturday 23 February


Vittoria – Maggio Vini Group, Vigna di Pettineo, Lago Viveri, Villa Vittoria Meeting of organic producers in the Eastern Sicily area

City of Vittoria Authority Meeting

Organic Product Tasting (Fausta Mansio Company, Melauro Beekeepers, Olearia Berretta Company, Biosolnatura)

Massimo Maggio Agricultural Company

Linguaglossa/Etna – Az. Vinicola Scilio

Meeting with producers and tasting (BioBio beekeeper, Az. Agr. Gangi Dante, F.lli Caprino Nocciole, Food Energy)


Sunday 24 February


Catania – Arabicaffè

Organic Producers Meeting (Baglio dei Flamingo, Drago Conserve)

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