Italy is one of the top three wine exporting nations worldwide and, while we’ve long been fans of Barolo, Chianti and Frascati, Australia is just beginning its love affair with lesser known wines from regions such as Sicily and Puglia. These sessions bring together leading wine authorities (producers, importers, writers, sommeliers) to lead you through a guided tasting of some of Italy’s most exciting wines, with the opportunity to ask questions, share your thoughts and learn about the regions that produce them.
Nick Caraturo is the NSW representative for Enoteca Sileno, one of Australia’s oldest importers of premium Italian wine. He has had a long career in Sydney restaurants, including as Head Sommelier roles at Banc, Buon Ricordo and The Park Hyatt.
Lara Caraturo has been a Sommelier in Sydney for 12 years. She has been Head Sommelier at Pilu at Freshwater since 2005, where she has developed a wine list that has won numerous awards, including ‘Wine List Of The Year’ in the 2010 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide.
Day pass to all 3 sessions $100 (includes parking at SFM) or $40/session; $35/session for CIRA members.
11am – 12.15pm
Wines of Sicily Code: 1WO
Featuring: Marsala, white, rosato, red and sweet wines. Grape varieties: Grillo, Inzolia, Carricante, Grecanico, Nero d'Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Frappato.
Presenters: Max Allen, Giorgio De Maria, Michael Trembath
12.45pm – 2pm
Wines of Puglia Code: 2WO
Featuring: Sparkling, white, red and sweet wines, and a vertical tasting of Rivera’s ‘Il Falcone Riserva’, one of Puglia’s greatest red wines. Grape Varieties: Bombino, Fiano, Falanghina, Primitivo, Nero di Troia, Negroamaro, Aglianico.
Presenters: Max Allen, Sabino Matera, Joel Pizzini
2.30pm – 3.45pm
Great Red Wines of Tuscany Code: 3WO
Featuring: Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Super Tuscan. Grape varieties: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Colorino, Pugnitello.
Presenters: Max Allen, Joel Pizzini, Michael Trembath