Vicepresident of Consorzio Valtenes
Mattia Vezzola was born on Lake of Garda, in Moniga del Garda, the city where the very first Rosè by viticultural vocation was created in 1896. A third generation vine grower, Mattia carries on the family tradition that was established in 1936 with the founding of Costaripa, the winery he owns and works at as a winemaker. In 1972, he started studying oenology in Conegliano Veneto. From 1974 to 1975, he was in charge of the Research Laboratory of the Italian Winemakers Association in Milan. Thanks to that, he participated to the Renaissance of the Italian oenology. From 1975 to 1981, he was the technical and commercial supervisor for the area of Northern Italy at Seitz – Italia, the most representative and important company on winemaking technology. From 1981 to this day, he is the head winemaker of Bellavista in Franciacorta. He always believed technology to be at the service of tradition. In 2004, the Italian Sommelier Association (AIS) voted him as The Best Italian Winemaker. In 2008, the Gambero Rosso awarded him the same recognition as The Best Italian Winemaker. In 2014, the Italian Sommelier Foundation (FIS) reelected him as The Best Italian Winemaker 2014. In 2015, the Deutschland Sommelier Association, during ProWein in Dusseldorf, voted him Best Winemaker in Germany.
"Italy facing the Rosé challenge, between new bubbles and markets"
The “third colour of wine”, which in recent years has become firmly established on markets all over the world as having its own defined identity and which eagerly awaits the much anticipated “Prosecco rosé”, (a new classification that have huge impact on the market share or pink wine) will be the topic discussed by market experts and producers during Wine2Wine. They will try to interpret what the future holds for this stye of wine in the post-pandemic market. Numbers and market analysis will be presented by Pierpaolo Penco (Wine Intelligence) and Carlo Flamini (UIV Wine Observatory). In addition, to better understand how the intricacies of Italian rosé, the discussion will include the president of Rosautoctono – Istituto del Vino Rosa Autoctono Italiano, Franco Cristoforetti, and the winemaker-producer Mattia Vezzola, vice-president of Consorzio Valtenesi. In addition it will be moderated by the director of Corriere Vinicolo, Giulio Somma. Rosé wines, the “theme of the year” in the weekly magazine of Unione Italiana Vini (UIV) during 2021, will also be matched in the title of the central conference of the next edition of Simei, comparing experiences in the vineyards, wineries and markets of major international producers. There will be a global comparison that will start in the pages of the newspaper with speeches by journalists from different countries and arrive at the world symposium of Simei, the most important international exhibition of technologies and products for oenology. This year, Simei will be intersected with “pink seduction”, a production and commercial frontier of great interest for the most advanced industry of the supply chain for our sector that will find, once again, large and rich representation.