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Vignerons d’Europe 2009

Italy - 27 Oct 09

After the first meeting in Montpellier in 2007, Vignerons d’Europe is back, discussing the environmental, social and economical sustainability of vine-growing and winemaking in Tuscany from December 5 to 7, 2009, once again under the aegis of Slow Food. A thousand winemakers from approximately 20 countries, from France and Germany to Romania and Georgia, will exchange ideas and experiences assisted by experts and researchers in culture and agriculture. Vignerons d’Europe will launch a European network of winegrowers and will propose a European Manifesto for Sustainable Winegrowing and Winemaking. Sustainability in wine production is the central theme of the 2009 meeting, thanks to increased awareness about the global problems of climate change and pollution. The debate within the wine world is often disjointed, so producers participating in Vignerons d’Europe will be looking for a common direction to follow in the future. Seminars and debates will be held on December 5 and 6 at the Teatro Verdi (viale Verdi, 45) in Montecatini Terme, near Pistoia, hosted by the City of Montecatini Terme and the Province of Pistoia. At the end of each meeting the participants will be invited to contribute to the drawing up of a final document which will be presented on the morning of Monday December 7 in Florence, at the Salone dei Cinquecento in the Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria. Local winegrowers and Slow Food Tuscany will host the participating vignerons and Italian and international Slow Food members as part of the Terra Ospitale program. Vignerons d’Europe will also include a unique European wine market where it will be possible to taste and buy wines from producers participating in the event. The market will be held on Monday December 7 from 2 to 10 pm in the Piazza Santissima Annunziata in Florence. Vignerons d’Europe is part of the wine culture program of the Vignaioli & Vignerons event, organized by the Tuscany Regional Authority, the Sistema Toscana Foundation, ARSIA (Tuscany’s regional agency for development and innovation in agriculture and forestry) and Slow Food. Click here for further information and the complete program: