25ma GRAPPA FESTIVAL

Locality: Silvano D'Orba (Alessandria) Region: Piedmont
from: 24 October 2021
from: 24 October 2021

It is now the traditional event that attracts enthusiasts and not or why not, even simple curious, from all over Italy to Silvano d'Orba - where Piedmont still smells of Liguria - in the province of Alessandria - in a historic area of ​​the Alto Monferrato, recently included in the areas protected by Unesco together with the Langhe and Roero and where grappa is a local tradition, well established in this period distillery active since the mid-19th century, a place not only for enthusiasts but also for comparison where tradition and culture meet. Here, where time seems to have stopped, hospitality reigns supreme; in addition to the usual free tasting of the best grappas, you can be guided to discover the distillery, an ancient, fascinating place that brings with it a veil of magic that encloses distillation and that for the precious value of its stills and its unique structure at the world has already been a location of interest for the FAI days in 2015.An "art workshop" where authentic masterpieces come to life that deserve to be handed down to posterity. It is for this reason that the master distiller Luigi Barile - Gino for friends -, has submitted the candidacy for the protection of the distillery by Unesco as a cultural heritage, so that it becomes a source of inspiration and life teaching for the future generations. His principle has always been to "make quality not quantity" and in this distillery the master distiller, born in 1932,an authentic working-class gentleman with a tie sticking out under his overalls, using bain-marie stills that have now passed the century of life, heated with a wood fire, it produces a distillate of rare excellence, rich in flavor, complex and refined in aromas. In every bottle there is love and passion for his work: an artisanal and difficult job that gave him many satisfactions: his grappa donated to the Heads of State at the G8 in Genoa in 2001 and at the G20 in Canada In 2010.This fact, extremely significant and extraordinary for having been selected twice in this century to represent Italy at the highest world level of Heads of State, is the logical consequence of the very high quality achieved by this typically Italian distillate which has obtained of the flattering opinions of authoritative experts in the sector. It is worth mentioning the late Luigi Veronelli who wrote that "he had never drunk a grappa like this in his life. " and defined Luigi Barile, already in 2000,the best Italian distiller. It is no coincidence that this product enchanted the severe jury of the "Wine & Spirit Competition 2003" in London, earning the award considered the Oscar of the sector. Not to mention all the other awards and articles from the greatest experts in the field. The pride of the Barile grappa are the aged ones starting from 1976; last born the “OVER 40”, an extraordinary grappa aged 42 years, produced in a limited edition of 341 numbered bottles, with elegant case and certificate of guarantee, also including a DVD that tells the salient stages of grappa production. As per tradition, the 2021 Grappa Barile Awards will be awarded. This year the winners are: Dr. Gianni Barbacetto - Journalist and correspondent of Il Fatto Quotidiano - Prof. Maria Rita Gismondo - Director of the Clinical and Virological Microbiology Laboratory of the Hospital "Luigi Sacco" of Milan - Mr. Giorgio Dalpian - Entrepreneur and quality researcher - Guest of honor, who will deliver the Awards, will be Eng. Vittorio Malacalza The event, coordinated by Marina Marcenaro, will be presented by director-filmmaker Wilma Massucco - author of the documentary on the life of Luigi Barile entitled "Who would have ever said? " - while Virgilio Pronzati, a profound connoisseur of the terroirs of the wines of all the world, a great sommelier, food and wine expert, poet and teacher in hotel schools, will “tell” the flavors of the different Grappas. This last year and a half has been special but we want to leave again and do it with the many friends and enthusiasts who have been following us for many years now, through the scents and flavors of our grappas and the atmosphere of that ancient, fascinating place. Almost magical where tradition, authenticity and culture meet which is the ancient Barile distillery. As usual, a buffet will be offered by the prestigious company of Silvano d’Orba Bottaro & Campora Ricevimenti, which will prepare a mega-cake. The "honors of the house" will be made by the owners: Luigi Barile and his wife Saveria De Palo. The event will also take place in case of rain and in total safety in full compliance with the rules for containing the spread of Covid19.In this regard, we point out that admission will be reserved for green pass holders only

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