Vinibuoni d’Italia 2018 guide launched at Grand Hotel Portovenere

March 2018

Vinibuoni 2018

Launch of Touring Club Italiano’s Vinibuoni wine guide and tastings of some of Liguria’s best products.

Grand Hotel Portovenere, prestigious 4-star hotel located in the namesake UNESCO world heritage town, was chosen for the launch of Touring Club Italiano’s 2018 wine guide, which took place on Saturday, March 24.

The presentation was attended by curator Mario Busso, who awarded the ‘Golden Star’ and ‘Crown’ certificates to the Ligurian wines included in the guide.

This year,” said Busso, “Vinibuoni d’Italia wanted to strengthen its relationship with Liguria, a region that is taking important steps towards having a significant, quality, unique wine identity.”

The event also gave the opportunity to taste the best local wines, as well as a selection of delicious salumi. Alessandro Scorsone, Palazzo Chigi’s master of ceremonies, offered sparkling wines paired with Cooperativa Mitilicoltori Spezzini’s oysters.

In the evening, Francesco Parravicini, Palmaria Restaurant’s executive chef, offered a menu with local dishes paired with the Ligurian wines included in the 2018 Vinibuoni d’Italia guide.

(pictured: in the middle, Cristina Raso and Alessandro Scorsone, Grand Hotel Portovenere’s sales & marketing and Palazzo Chigi’s master of ceremonies respectively. On the left and right, two members of La Spezia’s Cooperativa Mitilicoltori)

The venue:
Grand Hotel Portovenere, located in the most fascinating spot of the namesake UNESCO world heritage town, has 2 meeting rooms and a sea-view, gluten-free friendly restaurant. Grand Hotel Portovenere is the only hotel with meeting halls in Portovenere.

Palmaria Restaurant, managed by executive chef Francesco Parravicini, has a breathtaking terrace that overlooks the sea. In 2017, Palmaria was certified gluten-free friendly by the Italian Society for the Celiac Disease (AIC), as it also offers gluten-free menus.