For the second consecutive year, Italy is confirmed as the country with the highest number of companies in the FT1000, the annual ranking of the fastest growing companies in Europe, published by the Financial Times with Statista. In the 2022 edition, there are 235 Italian companies. Of these, 20 are among the top 100, and one conquers the top 10, c...

When one thinks of the great wine regions of Italy I’m sure the Lombardy wine region isn’t the first that comes to mind. If you’re a fan of pinot noir the Oltrepo Pavese is a region that one must seek out as it hosts one of the largest areas under vine for Pinot Nero. The Oltrepo Pavese is located along the 45th parallel where you also find the gre...

People who talk about wine rarely mention their conflicts of interest, so let me put mine front and centre: my first dinner date with my now wife included a bottle of Nero d’Avola. It was a wine that was somehow both supple and robust and met that most difficult of pairing challenges, working well with a curry. A series of coincidences had wines ma...

Gianluca Bisol has developed a taste for exotic wines close to his home in Italy’s Veneto region. After making his fortune in the Prosecco boom with his family’s historic winery in Valdobbiadene, Bisol has taken on some off-the-wall side projects with vineyard ventures in places few (or no) others dare to go. Fifteen years ago, he began his tiny Ve...

Strapped in tightly into the cramped cockpit, Barbara felt a jolt of exhilaration as the jet started to climb over 6,000 feet per minute and since this Aermacchi MB-339 jet was only going up to around 3,000 feet it took only half a minute to level off. Every bit of turbulence was felt due to the lack of cushioning on Barbara's seat but this lack of...

Benvenuto Brunello is the annual event, promoted by the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, which officially presents the new vintage of one of the most prized and appreciated Italian wines. The appointment that is held in the center of Montalcino – after more than twenty years has been moved momentarily from February, period in which this w...

If Made in Italy is a fundamental aspect of the Italian presence in America, not only from a commercial point of view but also from a diplomatic and cultural one, it is ICE (the Italian Trade Agency) that is mainly responsible for following the system of promotion and distribution of Italian products in the United States. ICE is present in America...

I’m in a misty wood on the sprawling grounds of Casa di Langa hotel with two young truffle hunters, Marta Menegaldo and Daniele Stroppiana. As the pair’s curly-haired Lagotto Romagnolo dogs Bianca and Luna dart off into the undergrowth, noses to the ground, tumbling over each other in their quivering search for that elusive scent, Daniele tells me...

In the rest of the country is al bar per l’aperitivo, but in Venezia, you go to the bàcaro for cicchetti. If you’re not familiar with them, you’re forgiven: neither was I until an old friend from Veneto, back in the days when I was young and living abroad, waxed lyrical about how great Venice’s cicchetti were. Anyways, yes: cicchetti, what are they...

As widely announced by Istat data in recent months, Italian wine trade in the world has reached an all-time record: 2021 closed with a 12.4% increase in value, for a total of 7.1 billion euros and a trade balance, one of the best-performing in the Made in Italy sector, with a surplus of almost 6.7 billion euros. This was announced by the UIV-Vinita...