The second annual Vino in Piazza festival is bringing wonderful Italian wines to Montecasino from 22 to 24 November.

The Wines of Italy Festival is an appreciation of the essence of ‘la dolce vita’ through Italian food, lifestyle and culture – fittingly presented in SA’s very own Tuscan village on African soil – Montecasino.

Presented by the Consulate General of Italy in partnership with the Italian Embassy, the Italian Trade Agency and the Italian Chamber of Commerce and held as part of the International Week of Italian Cuisine, Vino in Piazza is an opportunity to experience the very best that Italy has to offer – without the cost of a plane ticket.

Exclusive Italian Wines on Show

Vino in Piazza will introduce over 20 exclusive Italian wine producers who will showcase 130 wines from 11 different regions located in the North, centre and South of Italy: Veneto, Piedmont, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Lazio, Umbria, Abruzzo, Puglia, Sardinia and Sicily to the South African market.

Visitors will discover never-before-tasted red, white, rosé and Prosecco or Spumante Italian wines decadently paired at chefs’ tables hosted by renowned Italian chefs such as Michelin Star Chef Alfonso Caputo from Napoli in Italy.

The Italian Embassy will also be hosting “The South African & Italian Wine Research Innovation Workshop”, presented by both Italian and South African Oenologists who will impart their knowledge and best practices in the science and study of wine as a means to pursue new collaborations between the two wine-making countries.

Fine Food and Wine Pairing

Famous for his typically napolitana fish-based cuisine, Chef Alfonso will be jetting into SA to headline the delicioza Italian food and wine pairing sessions.

He will be joined in the chefs table line-up by local Italian celebrity chefs such as Orazio Cremona Jr of Belfiore Deli, Ciro Molinaro of La Cucina di Ciro, Gianni Mariano and Paolo Scola from Mastrantonio.

Italian-styled pop-up restaurants and food stalls by O’vero Pizza, Nutella, Ferrero, Kinder, Grand Padano, Adriatic Italian food distributors and Lavazza, amongst others, will bring to life the quality and simplicity of Italian food, allowing you to indulge in the leisurely style of eating made famous by Italians, while the children are entertained in the Kinder Play Area.

Win Tickets to Rome

There are also some exciting prizes to be won: two return tickets to Rome courtesy of Alitalia valued at R30 000, two tickets for a three-day cruise to the Portuguese Islands in an Ocean View Cabin valued at R17 210 courtesy of MSC Cruises, Ferrari hampers valued at R2 000, three Lavazza coffee machines valued at R 1 500 each and Ferrero limited edition pyramids valued at R1 000 each.

Must-Know Info

Tickets are available from Tap Tickets. General access is only R160 per person and includes 20 wine tasting vouchers, a wine tasting glass, one wine-pairing session and a Lavazza coffee.

The Kinder Play Area includes child minders and games for children at R20 per child aged 3 to 12 years.

Why not get your friends together and take advantage of the group ticket special? With this deal you pay R1 200 for 10 tickets.

“The Tuscan way of life inspired the theming of Montecasino, and we strive to encapsulate the essence of Italian life at every touchpoint,” says Mike Page, Operations Director and Complex General Manager of Montecasino.

“This event allows us to extend this vision to the most authentic showcase of Italian lifestyle possible, and we invite everyone with a passion for la bella vita (the good life) to come and experience it in its truest form,” he concludes.