Wine Spectator’s selection of best Italian wine producers for OperaWine 2020 unveiled during business forum wine2wine

American wine magazine Wine Spectator revealed its selection of 103 Italian wine producers for OperaWine 2020 (Vinitaly’s grand opening event) during wine industry forum wine2wine in Verona, Italy, on November 25 2019. OperaWine 2020 is scheduled to take place on April 18 2020, in Verona. Wine Spectator Senior Editor Bruce Sanderson travelled to Verona to unveil the line-up of the selected producers in the presence of Giovanni Mantovani (CEO of Veronafiere), Gianni Bruno (Veronafiere Exhibition Manager Area Wine & Food), and Stevie Kim (Managing Director of Vinitaly International). At wine2wine, Sanderson also presented the results of a survey conducted among Wine Spectator readers about trends in Italian wine consumption in the United States.

Verona, Italy (December 12 2019) – During Veronafiere and Vinitaly’s annual business forum wine2wine (November 25-26 2019), Wine Spectator Senior Editor Bruce Sanderson announced the OperaWine 2020 line-up of 103 Italian wine producers chosen by the American wine magazine. The selected producers will be pouring their wines during Vinitaly’s exclusive gala, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday April 18 2020. 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, attendees gathered in the main auditorium for the official announcement of the OperaWine 2020 selected producers (the session was live-streamed on wine2wine Facebook channel). Veronafiere CEO Giovanni Mantovani opened proceedings by thanking Wine Spectator for their untiring work in supporting Italian wines and Wine Spectator’s senior editor Bruce Sanderson then called on stage the selected producers. In this year’s edition, Wine Spectator featured 11 new producers who will pour their wines for the first time at OperaWine 2020 and 10 wineries that will be returning to the event after a hiatus of a few years. In his opening speech at wine2wine, Sanderson commented on the rationale behind the compilation of the OperaWine list:

Lately, we have asked producers to pour older vintages, library selections, which we think make the event more interesting. Over the years we have also changed the line-up quite a bit. Probably each year we change about 15 to 20% of the producers and since the first edition we have had about 200 different producers participating in OperaWine.

After the announcement, producers were called on stage to pose for the traditional group photograph and were given a personalized wine bottle to commemorate the inclusion in the OperaWine 2020 selection. The bottle was offered by wine2wine sponsor ATIU.

In another session at wine2wine, Sanderson also illustrated the results of an online survey conducted among Wine Spectator readers about wine consumption in the United States with a particular focus on Italian wine. Highlights of the survey include the primacy of Italy as the favorite among old world regions (59,17%) as well as interesting data regarding consumer habits, with women (57,66%) purchasing Italian wine according to grape varieties and men (66.15%) purchasing according to producer of winemaker. Sanderson’s presentation followed by Q&A is broadcast in full on the wine2wine Facebook channel.

OperaWine 2020 | Finest Italian Wines – 100 Great Producers Selected by Wine Spectator

ABRUZZO – Binomio

ABRUZZO – Masciarelli

BASILICATA – Elena Fucci

BASILICATA – Paternoster

BASILICATA – San Martino

CALABRIA – Odoardi

CALABRIA – Vincenzo Ippolito

CAMPANIA – Feudi di San Gregorio

CAMPANIA – Mastroberardino

CAMPANIA – Montevetrano


CAMPANIA – Quintodecimo

EMILIA-ROMAGNA – Cleto Chiarli e Figli

EMILIA-ROMAGNA – Tenuta Pederzana






LAZIO – Famiglia Cotarella (già Falesco)

LIGURIA – Terenzuola


LOMBARDIA – Bellavista

LOMBARDIA – Ca’ del Bosco

LOMBARDIA – Nino Negri

LOMBARDIA – Rainoldi

MARCHE – Garofoli

MARCHE – Umani Ronchi

MOLISE – di Majo Norante

PIEMONTE – Aldo Conterno

PIEMONTE – Cavallotto

PIEMONTE – Elvio Cogno

PIEMONTE – Falletto di Bruno Giacosa

PIEMONTE – G.B. Burlotto


PIEMONTE –  Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio

PIEMONTE – Marchesi di Barolo

PIEMONTE – Massolino

PIEMONTE – Michele Chiarlo

PIEMONTE – Nervi Conterno

PIEMONTE – Paolo Scavino

PIEMONTE – Produttori del Barbaresco

PIEMONTE – Renato Ratti



PUGLIA – Felline

PUGLIA – Gianfranco Fino

PUGLIA – Tormaresca

SARDEGNA – Cantina Sociale di Santadi

SARDEGNA – Tenute Sella & Mosca

SICILIA – Benanti


SICILIA – Morgante

SICILIA – Passopisciaro (Tenuta di Trinoro)

SICILIA – Planeta

SICILIA – Tasca d’Almerita






TRENTINO/ALTO ADIGE – Tenuta San Leonardo

TOSCANA – Altesino

TOSCANA – Antinori (Guado al Tasso & Castello della Sala)

TOSCANA – Biondi-Santi

TOSCANA – Boscarelli

TOSCANA – Canalicchio di Sopra

TOSCANA – Carpineto

TOSCANA – Casanova di Neri

TOSCANA – Castello Banfi

TOSCANA – Castello d’Albola

TOSCANA – Castello di Ama

TOSCANA – Castello di Volpaia

TOSCANA – Eredi Fuligni

TOSCANA – Fontodi

TOSCANA – Il Poggione

TOSCANA – Le Macchiole

TOSCANA – Lisini

TOSCANA – Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi

TOSCANA – Ornellaia

TOSCANA – San Felice

TOSCANA – San Filippo

TOSCANA – San Giusto a Rentennano

TOSCANA – Tenuta San Guido

TOSCANA – Valdicava

UMBRIA – Arnaldo Caprai

UMBRIA – Lungarotti

UMBRIA – Tabarrini

VALLE D’AOSTA – Grosjean

VENETO – Allegrini

VENETO – Cesari


VENETO – Le Colture

VENETO – Leonildo Pieropan

VENETO – Maculan


VENETO – Mionetto

VENETO – Nino Franco


VENETO – Roberto Anselmi

VENETO – Tommaso Bussola

VENETO – Zenato


About Vinitaly
The grand Vinitaly 2020 will be held from April 19 to 22. Every year, Vinitaly counts more than 4,000 exhibitors on a 100,000+ square meter area and 130,000 visitors from over 140 different countries with more than 30,000 top international buyers. The premier event to Vinitaly, OperaWine “Finest Italian Wines: 100 Great Producers selected by Wine Spectator” which in 2020 will be held on April 18, one day prior to Vinitaly, will unite international wine professionals in the heart of Verona, offering them the unique opportunity to discover and taste the wines of the 100 Best Italian Producers, as selected by Wine Spectator. Since 1998 Vinitaly International travels to several countries such as Russia, China, USA and Hong Kong 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 seventh edition of its Certification Course and today counts 215 Italian Wine Ambassadors and 15 Italian Wine Experts. Since its foundation in 2014, over 560 candidates from all over the world have taken VIA’s courses.

About Wine Spectator
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