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American wine magazine Wine Spectator revealed its selection of 103 Italian wine producers for OperaWine 2020 (Vinitaly’s grand opening event) during wine industry forum wine2wine in Verona, Italy, on November 25 2019. OperaWine 2020 is scheduled to take place on April 18 2020, in Verona. Wine Spectator Senior Editor Bruce Sanderson travelled to Verona to unveil the line-up of the selected producers in the presence of Giovanni Mantovani (CEO of Veronafiere), Gianni Bruno (Veronafiere Exhibition Manager Area Wine & Food), and Stevie Kim (Managing Director of Vinitaly International). At wine2wine, Sanderson also presented the results of a survey conducted among Wine Spectator readers about trends in Italian wine consumption in the United States.

Verona, Italy (December 12 2019) – During Veronafiere and Vinitaly’s annual business forum wine2wine (November 25-26 2019), Wine Spectator Senior Editor Bruce Sanderson announced the OperaWine 2020 line-up of 103 Italian wine producers chosen by the American wine magazine. The selected producers will be pouring their wines during Vinitaly’s exclusive gala, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday April 18 2020. The full list of Italian wine producers selected by Wine Spectator is available below and at the following link: https://www.vinitalyinternational.com/vincitori-operawine-2020/. OperaWine is the only tasting event that Wine Spectator organizes outside the United States.


Wine Spectator Senior Editor Bruce Sanderson (center-left) with OperaWine 2020 Italian wine producers and Veronafiere and Vinitaly representatives at wine2wine in November.

At the end of the first day of wine2wine, attendees gathered in the main auditorium for the official announcement of the OperaWine 2020 selected producers (the session was live-streamed on wine2wine Facebook channel). Veronafiere CEO Giovanni Mantovani opened proceedings by thanking Wine Spectator for their untiring work in supporting Italian wines and Wine Spectator’s senior editor Bruce Sanderson then called on stage the selected producers. In this year’s edition, Wine Spectator featured 11 new producers who will pour their wines for the first time at OperaWine 2020 and 10 wineries that will be returning to the event after a hiatus of a few years. In his opening speech at wine2wine, Sanderson commented on the rationale behind the compilation of the OperaWine list: “Lately, we have asked producers to pour older vintages, library selections, which we think make the event more interesting. Over the years we have also changed the line-up quite a bit. Probably each year we change about 15 to 20% of the producers and since the first edition we have had about 200 different producers participating in OperaWine.”

After the announcement, producers were called on stage to pose for the traditional group photograph and were given a personalized wine bottle to commemorate the inclusion in the OperaWine 2020 selection. The bottle was offered by wine2wine sponsor ATIU.

In another session at wine2wine, Sanderson also illustrated the results of an online survey conducted among Wine Spectator readers about wine consumption in the United States with a particular focus on Italian wine. Highlights of the survey include the primacy of Italy as the favorite among old world regions (59,17%) as well as interesting data regarding consumer habits, with women (57,66%) purchasing Italian wine according to grape varieties and men (66.15%) purchasing according to producer of winemaker. Sanderson’s presentation followed by Q&A is broadcast in full on the wine2wine Facebook channel.

OperaWine 2020 | Finest Italian Wines – 100 Great Producers Selected by Wine Spectator

ABRUZZO                            Binomio

ABRUZZO                            Masciarelli

BASILICATA                         Elena Fucci

BASILICATA                         Paternoster

BASILICATA                         San Martino

CALABRIA                            Odoardi

CALABRIA                            Vincenzo Ippolito

CAMPANIA                           Feudi di San Gregorio

CAMPANIA                           Mastroberardino

CAMPANIA                           Montevetrano

CAMPANIA                           Nativ

CAMPANIA                           Quintodecimo

EMILIA-ROMAGNA                Cleto Chiarli e Figli

EMILIA-ROMAGNA                Tenuta Pederzana






LAZIO                                 Famiglia Cotarella (già Falesco)

LIGURIA                              Terenzuola

LOMBARDIA                         ArPePe

LOMBARDIA                         Bellavista

LOMBARDIA                         Ca’ del Bosco

LOMBARDIA                         Nino Negri

LOMBARDIA                         Rainoldi

MARCHE                              Garofoli

MARCHE                              Umani Ronchi

MOLISE                               di Majo Norante

PIEMONTE                           Aldo Conterno

PIEMONTE                           Cavallotto

PIEMONTE                           Elvio Cogno

PIEMONTE                           Falletto di Bruno Giacosa

PIEMONTE                           G.B. Burlotto

PIEMONTE                           G.D. Vajra

PIEMONTE                           Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio

PIEMONTE                           Marchesi di Barolo

PIEMONTE                           Massolino

PIEMONTE                           Michele Chiarlo

PIEMONTE                           Nervi Conterno

PIEMONTE                           Paolo Scavino

PIEMONTE                           Produttori del Barbaresco

PIEMONTE                           Renato Ratti

PIEMONTE                           Roagna

PIEMONTE                           Vietti

PUGLIA                               Felline

PUGLIA                               Gianfranco Fino

PUGLIA                               Tormaresca

SARDEGNA                          Cantina Sociale di Santadi

SARDEGNA                          Tenute Sella & Mosca

SICILIA                               Benanti

SICILIA                               Graci

SICILIA                               Morgante

SICILIA                               Passopisciaro (Tenuta di Trinoro)

SICILIA                               Planeta

SICILIA                               Tasca d’Almerita

TRENTINO/ALTO ADIGE        Cantina Terlano

TRENTINO/ALTO ADIGE        Cantina Tramin

TRENTINO/ALTO ADIGE        Elena Walch


TRENTINO/ALTO ADIGE        Maso Martis

TRENTINO/ALTO ADIGE        Tenuta San Leonardo

TOSCANA                            Altesino

TOSCANA                            Antinori (Guado al Tasso & Castello della Sala)

TOSCANA                            Biondi-Santi

TOSCANA                            Boscarelli

TOSCANA                            Canalicchio di Sopra

TOSCANA                            Carpineto

TOSCANA                            Casanova di Neri

TOSCANA                            Castello Banfi

TOSCANA                            Castello d’Albola

TOSCANA                            Castello di Ama

TOSCANA                            Castello di Volpaia

TOSCANA                            Eredi Fuligni

TOSCANA                            Fontodi

TOSCANA                            Il Poggione

TOSCANA                            Le Macchiole

TOSCANA                            Lisini

TOSCANA                            Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi

TOSCANA                            Ornellaia

TOSCANA                            San Felice

TOSCANA                            San Filippo

TOSCANA                            San Giusto a Rentennano

TOSCANA                            Tenuta San Guido

TOSCANA                            Valdicava

UMBRIA                              Arnaldo Caprai

UMBRIA                              Lungarotti

UMBRIA                              Tabarrini

VALLE D’AOSTA                    Grosjean

VENETO                               Allegrini

VENETO                               Cesari

VENETO                               Gini

VENETO                               Le Colture

VENETO                               Leonildo Pieropan

VENETO                               Maculan

VENETO                               Masi

VENETO                               Mionetto

VENETO                               Nino Franco

VENETO                               Prà

VENETO                               Roberto Anselmi

VENETO                               Tommaso Bussola

VENETO                               Zenato

About Vinitaly:

The grand Vinitaly 2020 will be held from April 19 to 22. Every year, Vinitaly counts more than 4,000 exhibitors on a 100,000+ square meter area and 130,000 visitors from over 140 different countries with more than 30,000 top international buyers. The premier event to Vinitaly, OperaWine “Finest Italian Wines: 100 Great Producers selected by Wine Spectator” which in 2020 will be held on April 18, one day prior to Vinitaly, will unite international wine professionals in the heart of Verona, offering them the unique opportunity to discover and taste the wines of the 100 Best Italian Producers, as selected by Wine Spectator. Since 1998 Vinitaly International travels to several countries such as Russia, China, USA and Hong Kong thanks to its strategic arm abroad, Vinitaly International. In February 2014 Vinitaly International launched an educational project, the Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) with the aim of divulging and broadcasting the excellence and diversity of Italian wine around the globe. VIA this year launched the seventh edition of its Certification Course and today counts 215 Italian Wine Ambassadors and 15 Italian Wine Experts. Since its foundation in 2014, over 560 candidates from all over the world have taken VIA’s courses.

About Wine Spectator:

Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches around 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 15,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

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  1. Clearly the selection process is not based solely upon wine quality. How much money do these wineries have to pay to be included on this list? What do they pay to participate in such a tasting?


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