In an exciting convergence of expertise and passion for Italian wine, Prof. Attilio Scienza and Andrea Lonardi MW are set to illuminate the deep-rooted traditions and evolving culture of Italian viticulture at Vinitaly 2024. Their collaborative masterclass, focusing on “Contemporary wines from old grape varieties,” promises to be an enlightening journey through the history, terroir, and genetic intricacies that shape Italy’s renowned wine landscape.

At the wine2digital premises in Palaexpo on the 15th of April, attendees will be treated to a session that delves into how historic viticultural practices and varietal genetics influence modern Italian wines. This seminar is notably well-timed, given the growing interest in the authentic and often untold stories behind some of the world’s most cherished wine varieties.

Prof. Attilio Scienza brings a wealth of knowledge to the discussion. As a respected full professor at the University of Milan, his specialties lie in genetic improvements to vines and viticulture. Scienza’s esteemed career includes over 350 publications and the direction of the prestigious Istituto Agrario di S. Michele all’Adige. His expertise is not only recognized academically but also celebrated with numerous awards, highlighting his pivotal role in expanding the understanding of vine genetics and the historical context of Italian wine varieties.

Joining him is Andrea Lonardi, who, after a dynamic career overseeing product development and operations in the Italian wine industry, achieved the prestigious status of Master of Wine in 2023. Lonardi’s extensive experience across Italy’s diverse wine regions equips him with a nuanced perspective on the geographical and environmental aspects that distinguish Italian wines on the global stage.

Their seminar marries the theoretical and practical aspects of winemaking, with Scienza exploring the origins and genetics of native grape varieties and Lonardi leading a curated tasting of Italy’s most iconic grapes. This dual approach ensures that participants gain a comprehensive understanding of Italian wine, from the scientific foundations to the sensory experiences that make each variety unique.

Vinitaly 2024, set to run from April 14th to 17th in Verona, continues to serve as a paramount event for wine professionals worldwide. Following the success of Vinitaly 2023, which attracted 93,000 visitors, including 29,600 top international buyers from 143 countries, this year’s event promises to be as impactful, if not more so. The evening before the official start, OperaWine will showcase the wines of 131 Best Italian Producers selected by Wine Spectator, further highlighting the global appeal and prestige of Italian wines.

Since its inception in 1998, and with the launch of the educational Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) in 2014, Vinitaly has been instrumental in promoting Italian wine worldwide. The upcoming masterclass by Prof. Scienza and Andrea Lonardi MW, accessible upon registration, represents a unique opportunity within this broader mission. It offers attendees a chance to connect with the roots of Italian winemaking and understand the complexities and beauty of wines that continue to captivate wine lovers across the globe.