Conference on Wine

The Taste of Wine: History, Fashions and Evolution from the Middle Ages to the Present

An International Conference Organized by the University of Gastronomic Sciences and CeSA


“Wine: varieties, social distinctions, history”
Saturday November 5 at 2.30pm in the Sala Rossa of the Agenzia di Pollenzo

The international conference “Wine: varieties, social distinctions, history”
will be held on Saturday November 5, in the Sala Rossa of the Albergo
dell’Agenzia hotel in Pollenzo. The conference has been organized by
the University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) in collaboration with CeSA,
the Anna Maria Nada Patrone Center for the Study of Food History and
Material Culture. Speakers include academics and experts from various
disciplines, united by the common theme of the history of wine.
The event will be opened by Alberto Capatti, Dean of UNISG, who will introduce the speakers. Allen J. Grieco (professor
at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in
Florence and at UNISG in Pollenzo and Colorno) will give a presentation
entitled “Wines, varietals and the evolution of taste in Italy”
which will deal with the evolution of tastes for wine in Italy from the
16th century to the end of the 18th century, illustrating in particular
how certain varieties of wine helped orient the market and determine
the choice of vinification techniques.
Jancis Robinson, the English wine writer, journalist and expert (author of The Oxford Comapnion to Wine, The World Atlas of Wine with Hugh Johnson and Guide to Wine Grapes, published in Italy by Slow Food Editore), will talk about “Fashions and favorites in the choice of grape varieties 1975-2000.” Robinson
will pass from the “discovery” of white wine in the 1970s to the craze
for Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1980s, up to the revaluation of
indigenous varietals at the start of the 2000s, providing an overview
of the history of modern tastes for wine.
Attilio Scienza of the University of Milan and the University of Gastronomic Sciences will give a talk entitled “New hypotheses on the origins of European varietals: the contribution of anthropology and molecular biology.”
He will explain his studies on the DNA of certain grape varietals,
which reveal a link between the Neolithic European vines and those of
Asian origin, carried by sea and over land by migrating populations
from the Orient (originally from the Caucasus) to Europe.
Rolf Sprandel, German historian and professor at the University of Würzburg specializing in the in medieval economic history, will talk on “Exportation of Italian wines to Germany in the Middle Ages,”
presenting his research into the wine market in medieval Germany and
the importing of the most fashionable Italian wines in the 15th and
16th centuries.
Humanists and scientists will thus come together to talk about a common
theme, that of wine, with the aim of organizing a large international
conference at the University of Gastronomic Sciences on the same
subject in 2006.

Entry is free, and simultaneous translation between Italian and English will be available.

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