Last weekend, November 12th – 14th, the Raisin team had the pleasure of attending the third edition of Vini Selvaggi , the independent natural wine fair in Bari, Italy.
The fair took place in the breathtaking Castello Normanno-Svevo, a Norman castle built around 1132, which offered two floors and an inner courtyard to discover the 50+ natural winemakers, a majority of which were Italian and local!
Vini Selvaggi works hard to promote dialogue between natural wine lovers, winemakers, and trade. The first day was dedicated to a debate about natural wine, and how it’s promoted. This debate was open to everyone, not just industry insiders. It really encouraged and represented the inclusiveness of the natural wine movement and welcomed the exchange of ideas.
The debate was followed with a delicious tasting guided by natural wine influencer and Raisin ambassador @marcel.de.cocq and the projection of two excellent wine documentaries; ‘Call It Amber’, and ‘Pre-British’.
Although one of the fairs aims is to highlight local winemakers, there were also a range of exciting producers from around Europe. This included Fabio Bartolomei who was presenting his School of Natural Winemakers. A unique project to train young winemakers in the practices of natural winemaking with respect to terroir, nature and biodiversity. We will share more on this project soon!
At Raisin it is always a pleasure to attend wine fairs filled with such passionate people, from the producers to the attendees. Vini Selvaggi was the perfect example of this, with its location being as beautiful as the exchanges and wines that were presented.
Don’t forget, you can find the best natural wine fairs, around the world, listed on the Raisin app and website now. We highly recommend attending (at least) one this year.