An Italian outlook

Massimo Lanza has been working for Italy’s premium and most important wine publication Gambero Rosso since 1996.

Please tell us a little more about Gambero Rosso?

Gambero Rosso is the leading wine guide and magazine in Italy and is also a platform for content, training, promotion and consultancy for the Italian wine, travel and food sector. It is very well known and highly respected. It has now become a multimedia and multichannel publisher and broadcaster and has a range of magazines, books and guides.

VINEXPO IS A VERY IMPORTANT AND USEFUL EVENT. IT HELPS ME BETTER UNDERSTAND THE NEW COMMERCIAL WINE TRENDS THAT ARE HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD

What are you primarily looking for at Vinexpo?

Vinexpo is a very important and useful event. It helps me better understand the new commercial wine trends that are happening around the world and it is also a great opportunity to keep on top of what is happening. I am particularly interested in tasting and catching up with Bordeaux wines that are not readily available in Italy. At Vinexpo I try not to taste many Italian wines, but instead look to taste wines from other countries and regions like Burgundy, Champagne, Alsace, the Mosel in Germany, Wachau in Austria and Spain.

What are the key wine and spirits trends in Italy?

The Italian region that is attracting the most interest is Sicily and, in particular, the wines of the Etna region. In fact I would argue Etna is now producing some of the most interesting wines across the entire European wine scene due to its unique location sitting alongside the most active volcano in Europe. The centuries of eruptions, explosions and lava ows from the volcano has created a large mosaic of different mineral and stone soil types.

Grape varieties such as Grillo, Catarratto, Perricone, Nerello Mascalese, Frappato and Carricante are all producing excellent wines. There has also been a big improvement in the overall quality of winemaking in Sicily and a trend towards more elegant and stylish wines.

Outside Italy there is also a lot of interest in French wines from Burgundy and Champagne in particular. Gin is the most interesting spirits category.


Photo: Massimo Lanza Gambero Rosso