Sannio European Wine Capital 2019

The municipalities of Castelvenere, Guardia Sanframondi, Sant’Agata dei Goti, Solopaca and Torrecuso win the coveted award

With the candidacy of the territory ‘Sannio Falanghina’, the five municipalities of the Beneventano were awarded by Recevin, the Community Network of 800 Wine Cities.

Since 2012, Recevin has been assigning the role of capital of the wine culture of the old continent to a different country every year. The winner thus becomes a promoter of the culture, landscapes and territories of wine. And this will be the role that the five Samnite cities will play throughout 2019, through a busy program of appointments, events, cultural and food and wine events.

The entire “Valle del Calore”, where 40% of the entire regional wine production is grown, will benefit from the attention that the whole of Europe will pay to organized initiatives.

The aim of the competition is precisely to highlight the influence of wine culture and wine tourism in the society, in the landscape, in the economy, in the gastronomy and in the heritage at an international level.

The declarations of the mayors

After the officialisation occurred in Brussels by the european Parliament, Floriano Panza, mayor of Guardia Sanframondi, said: “This is an historic date, not only for the five municipalities but for the whole Sannio and the Campania region. In fact, the five cities have presented a detailed dossier to be recognized european Wine City 2019 by Recevin, the European network of Wine Cities, formed by the national associations present in the eleven member countries ( Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Spain, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Serbia) for a total of almost 800 cities across Europe.”

Equally pleased was Carmine Valentino, mayor of Sant’Agata dei Goti, who added: “A great chance, a great opportunity to anchor our territory to new opportunities and at the same time to raise the international knowledge of our land, our excellences and beauties. A unique challenge, to be grasped all the way. All together. With shared and innovative governance, with a strong and widespread prominence of good practices and the involvement of everyone, institutions, universities, agricultural world and associative one”.

This investiture represents for the whole Sannio a significant recognition of the historic connection of this land with the wine. It rewards the productions of excellence that arise from the sacrifices of passionate winemakers. Their work is fundamental not only for the production of excellent wines, but also for the valuable role of sentinels of a quality territory.

The ‘Sannio Falanghina’ project

According to the mayors of the cities involved, the project “aims to strengthen awareness activities for the culture and tradition of wine, involving enterprises, citizens and the whole territory in activities to promote the wine resource. And it aims to preserve natural and landscape resources through sustainable development of the territory.”

There are 120 actions and activities presented in a rich dossier by the network of municipalities. About twenty cities involved, including Benevento itself, for the implementation of events that will not only be promotional but also a driver for the development of the culture of hospitality.

The Sannio is a territory full of riches, with a great history that has left testimonies of ancient people. These include the Samnites, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Longobards and the Normans.

And the mayors, aware of the heritage guarded by their lands, say: “We must be good not only to make these riches known: we must open the doors of our territory, pamper the visitors, making them feel welcomed in a community that want to communicate their values, their culture, their way of life. Working in this 2019 will represent a turning point for our territory, for its development also in terms of tourism”.

Wine-related events

Waiting for the officialization of the events planned in the rich program presented on the occasion of the candidacy. We at Turismo Campano want to remind you about the historical events that in summer are organized by the five common winners and where the absolute protagonist is wine:

  • Castelvenere: La festa del Vino, also known as the “Sagra del Vino”, founded in 1977, and Cantine al Borgo which has as its location the Tufa cellars of the old town.
  • Guardia Sanframondi: Vinalia, a food and wine festival held in August in the streets of the characteristic old town, where dozens of wineries and farms make taste their products.
  • Solopaca: Festa dell’Uva, of ancient origins (17th century), is held on the second Sunday of September, and includes a parade of grape-lined floats set up in the country’s wards.
  • Torrecuso: VinEstate, formerly known as the “Sagra del Vino Aglianico”, is held in the first week of September and celebrates the renowned wines produced in Torrecuso accompanied by a tasty gastronomy of local products.
  • Sant’Agata dei Goti: Suoni di Terra, a multicultural festival that takes place between the last week of August and the beginning of September in the so-called “Perla del Sannio”.

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