RADICI DEL SUD – 10th EDITION - Exhibition of wines from South Italian grapes – 9th-15th June 2015

The blind tasting- BtoB meetings- the Exhibition

“Radici del Sud” blind tasting is the event where the wines made by native grapes of Puglia, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria and Sicilia are compared. It has been designed by the ProPapilla Association with the aim of identifying those labels that best represent the typicity of the grape that they are produced from. ProPapilla’s mission consists of enhancing the South Italian oenology for the safeguard of that cultural heritage that makes agro-food products appreciated.

Under the name of Radici del Sud, the Association arranges all sorts of initiatives that support the production of wine from native grapes, with the aim of spreading the high quality of the South Italian labels, enhancing their profile and offering opportunities for visibility within both national and international markets looking for authentic products able to express the territory they come from.

The new 2015 edition of “Radici del Sud – Exhibition of South Italian wines” is taking place from 9th to 14th June 2015 at Rondò Hotel and on Monday 15th June at Masseria Corte di Torrelonga in Bari (www.rondohotel.it  www.corteditorrelonga.it).

On 10, 11 and 12th June the group made up of wine writers and buyers will join some press-tours and meet the producers at the Rondò Hotel learning something more about them and their history, starting possible  trade negotiations relying on the BtoB formula. As far the BtoB meetings the six sessions will be addressed to the first 90 entry forms received  (with entry form and bank transfer). We won’t accept further entry forms beyond this number.

On the 13th and 14th June the two groups of both national and international tasters will taste all the samples belonging to the wineries that will take part  in Radici del Sud, in order to select those labels that best represent the typicity of the grape they are produced from.

On the 15th of June from 11.00 to 8.00 p.m. at Masseria Corte di Torrelonga the Exhibition of wines from native grapes will be open to journalists, wine bloggers, wine buyers, restaurant and wine bar owners, sommeliers and wine lovers.


All the wines  produced in Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania and Sicily are allowed to enter the wine tasting of the Exhibition of South Italian wines, according to the categories mentioned in art. 3. 

The followings are allowed to participate: Wine growers who produce wine on their own; Wineries that manufacture, package and market their wine; Cooperatives and organizations of producers.

Wines entering the blind tasting

All the wines entering the wine tasting can be assembled with other native grapes on condition that 70% of the chosen grape prevails. Every category is composed of about 15 labels.  

When the category doesn’t include 12 labels, the wines will be put into the the mixed groups (white and red wines) where there are no percentages of grapes to fulfill. The participing vintage should be that on trade. All the wines whose vintages participated at the previous editions are not allowed in the competition.

The wines will be divided according to the grape, no longer based on their geographical region as in the previous editions. The aim is that of identifying the most relevant features of the different grapes regardless of the areas where they are grown and produced, thus strengthening the Radici del Sud brand  and making the product more recognizable once it is proposed on both foreign and national markets

The South Italian grapes allowed to enter  the blind tasting                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Bombino;


Coda di Volpe;





Group of mixed white wines from less popular South Italian grapes


Rosé wines from South Italian native grapes;

Aglianico (Falerno, Taburno, Cilento, Irpinia)

Aglianico del Vulture;


Group of mixed red wines from less popular South Italian grapes



Nerello (Mascalese, Cappuccio);

Nero D'Avola;

Nero di Troia;



Taurasi (Aglianico);

How the wine tasting is carried out 

Those wines entering the wine tasting will be tasted by the two juries: one made up of International journalists, wine experts and wine buyers and the other composed of both  local and national journalists, bloggers and wine experts. The tastings will be held on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June from 9.15 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. The names of the members of the two juries will be made public by the end of February 2015. 

How the wines are judged

The wine tasting by the two juries will be anonymous both as far the wines- which will be rigorously covered-  and the opinions and judgments expressed by both juries. At the end of the tasting, each jury separately- through the president-  will elect the first two wines for each category. Thus, the winners for each category will be four: two will be determined by the jury made up of international experts and two by that of local experts. The two juries will also declare the three most appreciated organic wines.

Proclamation of winners

The proclamation of the most appreciated wines of the tenth “Radici del Sud” Edition is taking place on Monday 15th June 2015  during the conclusive conference  from 6.30 p.m. at Corte di Torrelonga. On 15th June the event will be open to the public from 11.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. Guests will be given the opportunity to taste all the wines entering the blind tasting as well as dishes prepared by well known Apulian and South Italian chefs at Rondo Hotel and Le Giare Restaurant.

All news