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The Anteprima of Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2016 celebrates the great oenologist Giulio Gambelli

During the Anteprima of Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2016, at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday the 16th of February, at Hotel Villa San Paolo, the Consorzio della Denominazione San Gimignano will be hosting the presentation of the book “Giulio Gambelli: l'uomo che sapeva ascoltare il vino” (Giulio Gambelli: the man who knew how to listen to wine), written by Carlo Macchi and published by Slow Food Editore, as well as the announcement of the winner of the “Premio nazionale Giulio Gambelli”, an award reserved for young oenologists under the age of 35, created by Aset (Associazione Stampa Enogastroagroalimentare Toscana – Tuscan Food-and-Wine Press Association) and IGP (I Giovani Promettenti, or Promising Youth, sector-specific blog network). Admission is free of charge and open to the public.
In the year of the fiftieth anniversary of the Vernaccia di San Gimignano denomination of origin, attained in 1966 (the first Italian wine to receive this acknowledgement), the 11th edition of the Anteprima of Vernaccia di San Gimignano, organised by the Consorzio della Denominazione San Gimignano, is enriched by two important appointments, both dedicated to the memory of Giulio Gambelli, the Tuscan oenologist who made Tuscany such a great wine region.
At 6.30 p.m., on Tuesday the 16th of February, at Hotel Villa San Paolo, the Consorzio della Denominazione San Gimignano will be hosting the announcement of the winner of the 'Premio nazionale Giulio Gambelli', an award given to young oenologists under the age of 35 who best embody the “Gambelli philosophy” in their work, created by Aset (Associazione Stampa Enogastroagroalimentare Toscana - Tuscan Food-and-Wine Press Association) and IGP (I Giovani Promettenti, or Promising Youth, sector-specific blog network). Now in its fourth edition, the Award has recorded a real boom this year, with over thirty candidacies from all over Italy, some proposed by journalists in the sector and others presented by the oenologists themselves. Of these thirty, nineteen had all the requisites for admission to the final, which was held at the Consortium headquarters on Sunday the 17th of January. At the end of the tasting, the ten members of the jury chose the young oenologist under 35 whose work best reflected the teachings of the Great Master – respect and enhancement of the typical characteristics of every single grape variety, of the characteristics of the territory and the peculiarities of the vintage. The winner’s name, however, will only be announced on the 16th of February, by the Chairman of Aset, Stefano Tesi, and by the Secretary of the Award, Paolo Pellegrini, together with the President of the Consorzio della Denominazione San Gimignano, Letizia Cesani, who says: “In his work, Giulio Gambelli always had an aim, and that aim was to bring out the authentic expression of the grape variety and the terroir in the wine. He did this especially when working with autochthonous varieties. It’s important for us to support this project, dedicated to his memory, because, as producers of Vernaccia di San Gimignano, an autochthonous grape variety par excellence, we completely identify with his lesson. The binomial grape-variety/terroir, along with respect for the grapes and the vintage, are the foundations on which our production philosophy is based.”
The winner will receive a cash prize of € 1,500.00, thanks to donations by some of the estates to whom Giulio Gambelli was both friend and consultant.
The other appointment scheduled for Tuesday the 16th of February at the Hotel Villa San Paolo is also dedicated to Giulio Gambelli. Food and wine journalist Carlo Macchi will be presenting his book “Giulio Gambelli: l'uomo che sapeva ascoltare il vino”, published by Slow Food Editore, together with Slow Food’s Fabio Pracchia: a book written for wine lovers and those with a passion for food, who want to know who’s behind the success of great wines like Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti Classico. The man responsible is Giulio Gambelli, the person who had the greatest influence on high-quality Tuscan wine from just after the Second World War until the early 21st century. A self-taught oenologist who was incredibly skilled in knowing, recognising and tasting wine, which, above all else, he listened to. The man who taught the whole first generation of Tuscan producers of quality.