Italian Trade Commission

Italian Trade Commission

October 21, 2015 08:32 ET

The Italian Trade Commission Highlights the 20th Annual "A Tasting of Wines From Italy™"

Over 100 wine producers visit Canada with exclusive tasting events in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Oct. 21, 2015) - For the 20th year, the Italian Trade Commission is hosting its annual "A Tasting of Wines from Italy" at exclusive trade events in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montréal. This year's anniversary event features wines from all over Italy, with a spotlight on Southern Italy including the regions of Calabria, Campania, Puglia and Sicilia.

« Canadians have been loyal consumers of Italian wine products for decades and Canada currently ranks 5th in global market sales of Italian wines, » said Pasquale Bova, Trade Commissioner, Italian Trade Commission, Canada. "We are very excited to be marking the 20th year of "A Tasting of Wines from Italy" where not only will we be showcasing the finest wines that Southern Italy has to offer, but will also be presenting wines to accommodate every taste and price range."

In Vancouver and Calgary, over 43 producers will be participating representing 16 regions and more than 200 brands. In Toronto and Montréal, 98 producers will be on site representing 16 regions and over 480 brands.

Italy ranks #1 in wine sales in Canada followed by the US and then France. In 2014, Canada imported $425-million (CAD) worth of Italian wines. Québec is the largest consumer of Italian wines at 36 percent, followed closely by Ontario at 31 percent and Alberta and British Columbia account for 15 percent and 10 percent, respectively.*

Open to the trade, the tasting events will take place in:

VANCOUVER, OCTOBER 27, 2015
THE TERMINAL CITY CLUB
837 WEST HASTINGS STREET
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
1:00 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M.
CALGARY, OCTOBER 29, 2015
THEATRE JUNCTION GRAND
608 1ST ST SW
CALGARY, ALBERTA
1:30 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M.
** TORONTO, NOVEMBER 2, 2015
ROY THOMSON HALL
60 SIMCOE STREET
TORONTO, ONTARIO
SEMINAR AND TECHNICAL TASTING - «Wines of the Viceroys» - The seminar will be presented by Mr. Attilio Scienza, internationally renowned agronomist and wine specialist.
10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
"A TASTING OF WINES FROM ITALY"
11:30 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.
** MONTRÉAL, NOVEMBER 4, 2015
MARCHÉ BONSECOURS
350, RUE ST-PAUL EST
VIEUX-MONTREAL (QUÉBEC)
SEMINAR AND TECHNICAL TASTING - «Les Vins des Vice-rois» - The seminar will be presented by Mr. Attilio Scienza, internationally renowned agronomist and wine specialist.
10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
"A TASTING OF WINES FROM ITALY/ UNE DÉGUSTATION DE VINS D'ITALIEMC"
11:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

*Source: Statistics Canada

About ITC:

The Italian Trade Commission (ITC) is an Italian government agency entrusted with the promotion and internationalization of Italian products and companies. ITC provides Italian companies with information, support and advice to export their products and services abroad, and provides foreign companies with information, support and advice to import products and services from Italy. Headquartered in Rome, Italy, ITC operates a worldwide network of Trade Promotion Offices linked to Italian embassies and consulates located in major cities that work closely with local authorities and businesses. ITC provides a wide range of services overseas helping Italian and foreign businesses connect with each other: consulting to identify business partners; bilateral trade meetings with Italian companies; trade delegation visits; official participation in local fairs, exhibitions and seminars with industrial and economic experts. For more information on ITC-Canada, please visit:
http://www.italtrade.com/countries/americas/canada_en/index.htm

MEDIA: Media will be given access to the events by contacting Melanie Thompson.

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