From the great tastings of “Vinitaly 2022”, and not only, also more than 100,000 euros arrived in solidarity in favor of organizations such as the Italian Caritas for the support of Ukrainian refugees. All the proceeds from the Veronafiere tastings (80,000 euros) were donated to charity. As well as the 22,500 euros, collected in the charity auction...

VIA welcomed 18 students for two intensive days of tastings and masterclasses. With the support and patronage of ITA - Italian Trade Agency, the students tasted 38 wines under the guidance of VIA Faculty member Henry Davar, IWE. On Sunday the students submitted required video projects and faced the challenging 2.5-hour exam, composed of 2 blind tas...

On September 15th VIA certified three (3) new Italian Wine Ambassadors. Those newly appointed to join this passionate community are Limor Fikel, Michael Wyant and Enoch Ling. To date, there are now 90 certified Italian Wine Ambassadors and 3 Italian Wine Experts based in USA. Limor Finkel, a Northern California Sales Manager based in Mill Valley co...

Stevie Kim, Managing Director of Vinitaly International and the founder of Vinitaly International Academy, together with VIA faculty member Henry Davar, hosted media and trade for an exclusive happy hour tasting benchmark Italian wines and discovering the structure and impact of the VIA programme. During the event, Stevie Kim announced a new schola...

Verona residents are missing the city's Vinitaly wine fair, cancelled for a second year due to the coronavirus crisis. Writer Richard Hough asks whether such events will remain important in Italy - and tries a digital tasting instead. As I suggested in my last column, wine is the lifeblood of Verona and the cancellation of the Vinitaly fair, for th...

In a release sent to the drinks business yesterday, the decision by organiser Veronafiere to “postpone” Italy’s major national wine fair to next year was described as “painful” but “compulsory” due to the pandemic, with the country now entering a third lockdown due to the virus. However, Veronafiere said that its Operawine event would be going ahea...

News is coming for the Vinitaly International Academy (VIA), the gold standard of Italian wine education for foreign professionals. Created in 2014, the organization trains Italian Wine Ambassadors and Italian Wine Experts by delivering courses all over the world. This year, VIA had to adapt its activities to the new international situation caused...

After an attempt to postpone the trade show, Vinitaly 2020 has been eventually cancelled due to coronavirus crisis. The international wine fair will take place in 2021, from 18 to 21 April at Veronafiere, as scheduled, while extraordinary investments will be made on wine events abroad. This was officially announced by a statement from VeronaFiere’s...

The VIA team is working to stage the advanced-level Italian Wine Ambassador certification in Verona from 10-14 April 2020, shortly before Vinitaly. With five advanced Italian Wine Ambassador courses in Italy and 10 overseas held from 2015 to 2019, this year the VIA will run five Wine Ambassador courses, including one in Atlanta in June, Seattle in...

The Italian Wine School based in Miami, Florida is pleased to announce the first US school to offer the Maestro Italian Wine Course level of the Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) certification study program.  Designed for wine industry professionals and aficionados, the eight session course will distinguish itself from other wine certifications...