Saturday, Nov. 26, 2023 at Principi Grand Hotel&Spa will see the unveiling of the 89 best Italian dry sparkling wines awarded “5 spheres” in the 21st edition of the “Sparkle 2023” guide published by Cucina&Vini.
With 23 awards given to the Franciacorta DOC appellation and 5 to the Oltrepò Pavese area, Lombardy surpasses Trentino with 22 awards given to the Trento DOC appellation. This is followed by 19 awards for the Veneto region, all Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG, except for one Lessini Durello; then Piedmont with 7 awardees, Alto Adige with 5, then Puglia, Abruzzo, and Lazio each with 2 awardees and Valle d’Aosta and Umbria each with one award respectively.
The guide presentation event and award ceremony will be followed by the usual Sparkleday open to visitors from 4 to 10 p.m.
“The conclusion of the work of the twenty-first edition of our guide urges, as always, reflection on the balance of a season. After more than one thousand five hundred tastings,” stresses Francesco D’Agostino, Director of Cucina&Vini, “the most effective synthesis is made at the moment of the final tasting, when the best expressions of the country meet, and we define the 5 spheres. The level of Italian bubbles is really very high, so much so that it requires great concentration to define the top wines. Many point to the incredible increase in quantity that has led our country to a production, from August 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022, of one billion one hundred and twenty million bottles, marking an increase of more than 13% compared to the same period between 2020 and 2021 (Icqrf data). However, we like to highlight how the bar has been raised in terms of quality, and this is not only in the traditional territories.”
All info on how to participate and list of participating companies being updated at www.cucinaevini.it.