For Marco Sabellico, one of the three curators of Vini d’Italia, sustainability is significant for the quality of a wine: “Winelovers want drinkability, authenticity, and faithfulness to a zone/territory.” That is why since its first edition in 1986, the Vini d’Italia wine guide has contributed substantially to the fact that top-quality Italian wines are also extremely popular outside of Italy.
The respect of nature, the least possible human and chemical interventions, and the authentic terroir character in a wine receive the attention and support of Fabio Rizzari and Ernesto Gentili, the curators of "I Vini d’Italia" from the L’Espresso publishing group. With the Italian wine guide, they awards the top products in winemaking with Cinque Bottiglie [Five Bottles].
Daniel Thomases of I Vini di Veronelli likes wines that express the character of the land from which they originate. Along with Gigi Brozzoni, he puts international wines under the magnifying glass and edits the wine guide I Vini di Veronelli. Since 1988, the two of them have been awarding the Super Tre Stelle [Super Three Stars] rating to their favorite wines.
The evaluation criteria of the Italian Association of Sommeliers (AIS) are strictly followed with the selection of the wines for the wine guide “Bibenda”. In fact, this is the reference from which all professional sommeliers in the AIS get their information. Wines that make it in “Bibenda” will sell well, and not just in Italy . For that reason, the “Cinque Grappoli” (Five Bunches of Grapes) are an important distinction for Alto Adige wines.
This wine guide Vini Buoni d’Italia crowns the best red wines and white wines with Le Corone. The wines that are evaluated are only those of indigenous grape varieties. In so doing, the “Touring” publishing house wishes to give particular significance to the Italian heritage. Wines that are capable of presenting the authentic virtues of the peninsula, wines that are rich in history and personality, receive recognition here.
With the Slow Wine wine guide, the main focus is on the winegrower and his winery. Using its Slow Wine wine guide, the “Slow Food” publishing house pursues a different vision for winemaking. What counts is the soul of the wine and its history. Respect for nature, the environment, and territorial identity have an influence on the assessment. To do this, employees of the wine guide personally convince themselves on site of the work in the vineyards and in the winery.
The magazine Cucina & Vini dedicates this distinction to Italian sparkling wines, thus causing wine lovers to always wait impatiently for the issue. Remaining equally popular with both the Italian and foreign public, director Francesco D’Agostino knows that this can be traced to the fact that sparkling wines have been affected by a drop in consumption much less than other products. It is simple to filter out which sparkling wines are of top quality with the help of the Cinque Sfere [Five Spheres] distinction.
No longer a complete encyclopedia, but rather a selection of the most important wineries of Italy was the editorial aim of the new guide by Daniele Cernilli. The "faccini" of Doctor Wine are awarded to the best wines of the year determined by team of tasters, including Dario Cappelloni for the Alto Adige region. Regarding the enological territory of the Bolzano province, the guide underlines that, thanks to its microclimates, it is able to interpret the most important northern vines, "giving birth to wines which often have nothing to fear from their best French or Californian cousins".
The new AIS guide is the fruit of collaborative work of the entire territory of the association and therefore the task of evaluating the Alto Adige production has been led by the Alto Adige AIS president, Christine Mayr. The symbol of excellence for individual labels has been awarded to a small selection of Quattro Viti.