Wine Spectator’s selection of best Italian wine producers for OperaWine 2023 unveiled during wine2wine Business Forum

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American wine magazine Wine Spectator revealed its selection of 130 Italian wine producers for OperaWine 2023 (Vinitaly’s grand opening event) during wine industry forum wine2wine in Verona, Italy, on 7 November 2022. OperaWine 2023 is scheduled to take place on 1 April 2023, in Verona. Wine Spectator Senior Editors Bruce Sanderson and Alison Napjus travelled to Verona to unveil the line-up of the selected producers in the presence of Federico Bricolo (President of Veronafiere), Maurizio Danese (Managing Director of Veronafiere) and Stevie Kim (Managing Director of Vinitaly International).

OperaWine 2023 selected producers

OperaWine 2023 selected producers

«This has been a wonderful collaboration between Wine Spectator and Veronafiere. It’s become a signature event at Vinitaly.»

During Veronafiere and Vinitaly’s annual wine2wine Business Forum (November 7-8 2022), Wine Spectator Senior Editors Bruce Sanderson and Alison Napjus announced the OperaWine 2023 line-up of Italian wine producers chosen by the American wine magazine. There are 130 wineries for the 2023 edition as in 2022, compared to 186 in 2021’s special 10th anniversary edition, 103 in 2019, and 107 in 2018. The selected producers will be pouring their wines during Vinitaly’s exclusive gala, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday April 1st, 2023. The full list of Italian wine producers selected by Wine Spectator is available below and at the following link: OperaWine is the only tasting event that Wine Spectator organizes outside the United States.

At the end of the first day of wine2wine Business Forum, attendees gathered in the main auditorium for the official announcement of the OperaWine 2023 selected producers. Stevie Kim opened proceedings with Maurizio Danese and Wine Spectator’s senior editors Bruce Sanderson and Alison Napjus, then called on stage the selected producers. In this year’s edition, Wine Spectator featured 10 new producers who will pour their wines for the first time at OperaWine 2023 and 10 wineries that will be returning to the event after a hiatus of one year. In her opening speech at wine2wine Business Forum, Alison Napjus commented on the 12th anniversary of OperaWine: «This has been a wonderful collaboration between Wine Spectator and Veronafiere. It’s become a signature event at Vinitaly.»

After the announcement, producers were called on stage to pose for the traditional group photograph. In another session at wine2wine Business Forum, Sanderson and Napjus also answered some FAQs and took questions from the audience. Topics ranged from wine submission procedures to Wine Spectator’s tasting method and editorial coverage. Guests were especially interested in how the wine producers are chosen and what is the process behind the selection and tasting of the wines.

OperaWine 2023 | Finest Italian Wines – 100 Great Producers Selected by Wine Spectator

Abruzzo    Masciarelli
Basilicata    d'Angelo
Basilicata    Elena Fucci
Basilicata    Grifalco della Lucania
Calabria    Librandi
Campania    Mastroberardino
Campania    Feudi di San Gregorio
Campania    Quintodecimo
Campania    Montevetrano
Campania    San Salvatore
Campania    Colli di Lapio
Campania    Terredora di Paolo
Campania    Salvatore Molettieri
Emilia-Romagna    Tenuta Pederzana
Friuli/Venezia-Giulia    Vie di Romans
Friuli/Venezia-Giulia    Marco Felluga
Friuli/Venezia-Giulia    Bastianich
Friuli/Venezia-Giulia    Livio Felluga
Friuli/Venezia-Giulia    Gravner
Friuli/Venezia-Giulia    Jermann
Lazio    Famiglia Cotarella (formerly Falesco)
Liguria    Cantine Lunae Bosoni
Lombardy    Guido Berlucchi
Lombardy    Ca' del Bosco
Lombardy    Conte Vistarino
Lombardy    Nino Negri
Lombardy    Bellavista
Lombardy    Arpepe
Lombardy    Rainoldi
Marche    Umani Ronchi
Marche    Garofoli
Marche    Bisci
Molise    Catabbo
Northeast    Masottina
Northeast    Nino Franco
Piedmont    Produttori del Barbaresco
Piedmont    Pio Cesare
Piedmont    Cavallotto
Piedmont    Giacomo Borgogno & Figli
Piedmont    Vietti
Piedmont    Paolo Scavino
Piedmont    Aldo Conterno
Piedmont    Marchesi di Barolo
Piedmont    Massolino
Piedmont    Elvio Cogno
Piedmont    G.B. Burlotto
Piedmont    G.D. Vajra
Piedmont    Oddero
Piedmont    Pecchenino
Piedmont    Renato Ratti
Piedmont    Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio
Piedmont    Falletto di Bruno Giacosa
Piedmont    Luciano Sandrone
Piedmont    Roagna
Puglia    Tormaresca (Antinori)
Puglia    Masseria Li Veli
Puglia    Leone de Castris
Sardinia    Agricola Punica
Sardinia    Argiolas
Sicily    Cusumano
Sicily    F. Tornatore
Sicily    Planeta
Sicily    Morgante
Sicily    Donnafugata
Sicily    Tasca d’Almerita
Sicily    Feudo Montoni
Sicily    Benanti
Sicily    Tenuta delle Terre Nere
Sicily    Graci
Trentino/Alto Adige    Cantina Nals Margreid
Trentino/Alto Adige    Elena Walch
Trentino/Alto Adige    Cantina Terlano
Trentino/Alto Adige    Ferrari
Trentino/Alto Adige    Tenuta San Leonardo
Tuscany    Tenuta San Guido
Tuscany    Tenuta Sette Ponti (Feudo Maccari)
Tuscany    Ornellaia
Tuscany    San Filippo
Tuscany    Castello Banfi
Tuscany    Siro Pacenti
Tuscany    Biondi-Santi
Tuscany    Casanova di Neri
Tuscany    Il Poggione
Tuscany    Poggerino
Tuscany    Barone Ricasoli
Tuscany    Rocca delle Macìe
Tuscany    Istine
Tuscany    San Felice
Tuscany    Lamole di Lamole
Tuscany    San Giusto a Rentennano
Tuscany    Tenuta di Trinoro (Passopisciaro)
Tuscany    Vecchie Terre di Montefili
Tuscany    Le Macchiole
Tuscany    Mazzei (Castello di Fonterutoli)
Tuscany    Petrolo
Tuscany    Altesino
Tuscany    Canalicchio di Sopra
Tuscany    Carpineto
Tuscany    Castello di Monsanto
Tuscany    Castello di Volpaia
Tuscany    Marchesi de' Frescobaldi
Tuscany    Valdicava
Tuscany    Boscarelli
    Castellare di Castellina (Rocca di Frassinello & Feudi del Pisciotto)
Tuscany    Fattoria di Fèlsina
Tuscany    Fontodi
Tuscany    Castello di Albola
Tuscany    Castello di Ama
Tuscany    Rocca di Montegrossi
Umbria    Scacciadiavoli
Umbria    Tabarrini
Umbria    Arnaldo Caprai
Umbria    Lungarotti
Umbria    Antinori /Castello della Sala
Valle d'Aosta    Les Crêtes
Veneto    Romano Dal Forno
Veneto    Tommasi (Paternoster)
Veneto    Masi
Veneto    Tommaso Bussola
Veneto    Zenato
Veneto    Tedeschi
Veneto    Allegrini
Veneto    Monte del Frà
Veneto    Gini
Veneto    Leonildo Pieropan
Veneto    Prà
Veneto    Roberto Anselmi
Veneto    Suavia
Veneto    Bertani
Veneto    Zymè

About Vinitaly:

The grand Vinitaly 2023 will be held from April 2nd to the 5th. Vinitaly 2022 counted 88,000 visitors of which 25,000 were top international buyers from 139 different countries. The premier event to Vinitaly, OperaWine “Finest Italian Wines: Great Producers selected by Wine Spectator” which was held on the 9th of April, one day prior to Vinitaly, united international wine professionals in the heart of Verona, offering them the unique opportunity to discover and taste the wines of the 130 Best Italian Producers, as selected by Wine Spectator. Since 1998 Vinitaly travels to several countries thanks to its strategic arm abroad, Vinitaly International. In February 2014 Vinitaly International launched an educational project, the Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) with the aim of divulging and broadcasting the excellence and diversity of Italian wine around the globe. VIA this year launched the 21st edition of its Certification Course. To date, there are 307 Certified Italian Wine Ambassadors of which 15 are also Italian Wine Experts.

About Wine Spectator:

Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches around 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (, mobile platforms, and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 15,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

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