Amidst Friuli Venezia Giulia’s Nature

The region in which the International Wine Tourism Conference 2020 takes place, Friuli Venezia Giulia, will show you what it’s really like to be in protected and unpolluted surroundings. There’s not just one, but many places where time seems to have stood still: parks, lagoons, nature reserves, mountains where silence reigns. If you long to be totally immersed in nature, then Friuli Venezia Giulia is the ideal place for you.

The perfect peaks reaching skyward from the Friulian Dolomites and the Julian and Carnic Alps form the ideal frame for the lush green valleys. Acting as the region’s natural frontiers, the Alpine chains preserve pearls of rare beauty, such as Sauris, a symbol of the excellent food (Proscuitto Sauris) and wines of Friuli, or the Resia Valley, where the language and traditions of an ancient Slavic race have survived in an unspoilt environment since the 7th century. Or the Tarvisio area, where three natural and cultural borders meet and enclose startling summits that climbers from all over Europe long to conquer.

But if you descend from the mountains to the sea you will discover the Grado and Marano Lagoons. Friuli Venezia Giulia offers 3 Natural parks, as well as about twenty biotypes and 13 nature reserves. From a rushing, tumbling mountain stream to the unhurried thrill of a climb, there’s always a new emotion to stir you. There are many walking trails you can take to truly experience nature’s beauty, some popular trails include; Friulian Dolomites Circular Trail, 4 stages for 4 mountain huts, a trekking route to complete against the splendid backdrop of the Regional Friulian Dolomites Natural Park. Another route is the Alpin way, the yellow trail that starts from Trieste, crosses the Karst, the Carnic and the Julian Alps before finally reaching the German Alps. If not, you can try the Alta Via Forni di Sopra, five days’ trekking between mountain and refuge huts immersed in the wilderness of Forni di Sopra’s wide valley.

Alternatively, you can take one of the many biking routes that range from the coast to the mountains. Also keep an eye out for birds, seeing as the region has 320 different species of birds, a birdwatcher’s paradise! Therefore, if you’re a nature lover who enjoys hiking along the mountains, plains or coast and of course great food and wine – then Friuli Venezia Giulia is the place to go!

Article: Jethro Swift

The IWINETC 2020 two day conference and one day B2B Workshop will take place from 24 – 26 March at Stazione Marittima Conference Hall, Molo Bersaglieri 3 – 34124 Trieste Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy) and is supported by PromoTurismoFVGRegistration open. For more information, visit: www.iwinetc.com

Secret Friuli Venezia Guilia

Exploring Friuli Venezia Guilia’s hidden corners in search of the best the countryside has to offer.

The breath-taking countryside that surrounds the venue for the International Wine Tourism Conference 2020 of Friuli Venezia Giulia gives you the chance to explore some of the most beautiful small towns in Italy. Boasting treasures of great historical and cultural importance. There is a whole world to be explored, one filled with food and wine tours, old crafts that have never faded, rural and medieval hamlets, castles and ancient mills.

Throughout the countryside, the region has a special kind of hospitality. A wide range of alternative accommodation are available to dive into authentic rural life. This includes the “Albergo Diffuso” – an innovative concept of accommodation developed in Friuli Venezia Giulia – that combines the service of a hotel with the freedom of a holiday apartment. Typically staying in ancient houses in villages which have been restored, decorated and equipped in the typical mountain tradition.

You can discover the 12 “Most beautiful Italian villages” in the countryside of Friuli Venezia Giulia. One of them is Sappada, which is a German-speaking linguistic island and a place where ancient traditions and architecture have remained over time.

Scattered throughout the countryside you can find medieval castles, including the land of castles in the Friuli hills, stepped in history and ancient manors. Castle Ragogna, which hosts Scriptorium Foroiuliense – one of the few schools teaching ancient art of calligraphy in Italy.

Of course, the wonders of the region’s countryside can be witnessed along the new Friuli Venezia Giulia Wine and Food Route. A single road connecting the coast to the mountains, networking the region’s agri-food and wine-growing resources, together with cultural and environmental ones. There are many private houses of winemakers, where you can taste typical, local, home-grown dishes at certain times of the year whilst being surrounded by absolutely breath-taking views of the countryside.

Geographically, the region is rich and diverse in land, from the tall-mountainous region of the Alps to the vast plateau that lead toward an outstanding coastline that borders the southern area of Friuli Venezia Giulia. This hidden geographical treasure will amaze everyone due to its many different landscapes, intertwining cultures, and ancient traditions. This is all enriched by the number of historical homes, manors, villas, castles and ancient villages that are located throughout. Friuli Venezia Giulia truly a site to be seen! IWINETC 2020 in Trieste not to be missed!

Article: Jethro Swift

The IWINETC 2020 two day conference and one day B2B Workshop will take place from 24 – 26 March at Stazione Marittima Conference Hall, Molo Bersaglieri 3 – 34124 Trieste Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy) and is supported by PromoTurismoFVGRegistration open. For more information, visit: www.iwinetc.com

Aspettando IWINETC

PromotorismoFVG, Agency of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) for Tourism, has undertaken to organise a one day education programme for FVG stakeholders titled Aspettando IWINETC (Getting ready for IWINETC) – a taster for the International Wine Tourism Conference (IWINETC) coming up in March 2020 taking place in the delightful city of Trieste. Aspettando IWINETC will take place at the Villa Dragoni in Via Florio, 18 a Buttrio (Udine) on 27 November 2019.

Speakers include Roberta Garibaldi, Erik Wolf, Alessandra Priante, Roberta Milano and IWINETC Director, Anthony Swift who will address a wide range of topics related to the wine and culinary tourism industry.

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The IWINETC 2020 two day conference and one day B2B Workshop will take place from 24 – 26 March at Stazione Marittima Conference Hall, Molo Bersaglieri 3 – 34124 Trieste Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy) and is supported by PromoTurismoFVGRegistration open. For more information, visit: www.iwinetc.com

Why Golfers Should Add Friuli Venezia Giulia to Their Wine List

The region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the host region for the International Wine Tourism Conference 2020, boasts seven 18-hole golf courses, nestled in the midst of varying terroirs. From the water-rimmed greens in Grado and Lignano, to the mountain forests of Tarvisio, from the gentle slopes of the hill district to the vineyards and castles around Gorizia. No matter which course you choose, golf in Friuli Venezia Giulia has the extraordinary taste of exploration and challenge. In a region where mountains, sea and hills cluster together in just over 100km, the seven golf courses are evenly distributed across the whole area enabling you to immerse yourself in a variety of incredibly beautiful nature settings. They also aim to enhance the national golf circuits under the “Italy Golf&More” project, by combining sports with other activities, such as food and wine, guided tours to famous art cities, excursions, rural tourism and much more.

The region’s seven golf clubs are as followed; Lignano Golf Club (6,345m, par 72), where lakes and bunkers appear, suitable for all. Grado Golf Club (5,746m, par 72), famous for the many water obstacles with the lagoon on the background. The club is situated in the splendid Primero Estate. Trieste Golf Club (5,810m, par 70), in a seemingly level but tricky green course with an unpredictable wind called bora. Castello di Spessa Golf Country Club (5,460m, par 71), deep in the rustic scenery of the Collio vineyards. Udine Golf Club (5,980m, par 72), for a course designed by the shade of the cherry trees and the gently rounded hills. Castel d’Aviano Golf Club (5,980m, par 72), in the nidst of centuries-old parkland. Lastly, Tarvisio Unlimited Golf Club (5,693m, par 70), designed by the well-known Canadian architect Graham Cooke, with wide fairways on the Alpine plateau, spacious greens and treacherous bunkers.

Hole Nº 18!

If you are interested in golf, whether you are a professional or beginner, Friuli Venezia Giulia is the place to go! Providing a diverse variety of courses in different terroirs – giving golfers unique experiences found nowhere else!

Article: Jethro Swift

The IWINETC 2020 two day conference and one day B2B Workshop will take place from 24 – 26 March at Stazione Marittima Conference Hall, Molo Bersaglieri 3 – 34124 Trieste Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy) and is supported by PromoTurismoFVGRegistration open. For more information, visit: www.iwinetc.com

Culinary Delights on the Friuli Venezia Giulia Wine & Food Route

Three great culinary trends – Central European, Venetian and Slav – merge in a cuisine that is unique to Friuli Venezia Giulia. In Trieste, hosting city of the International Wine Tourism Conference 2020 (IWINETC), and Gorizia, the gastronomy is an encounter of Habsburg and Slavic traditions.

Apart from making excellent wines, the Friuli Venezia Giulia region also produces other traditional products such as honey, Asino cheese, white Friuli asparagus, San Daniele ham, Tergeste extra-virgin olive oil, Italian Salamini and Brovada (pickled turnips).

Food and wine lovers can sip and taste all of its flavours and experience its aromas by travelling the new Friuli Venezia Giulia Wine and Food Route with its 6 different itineraries. A single road connecting the coast to the mountains, networking the region’s agri-food and wine-growing resources, together with cultural and environmental highlights. The region’s typical dishes differ in every city as they each have a different influence from its historical past and proximity to other cultures.

In the region’s capital, Trieste, seafood dominates the city’s dishes as well as its Slavic-inspired dishes. There one can find Jota (hotpot dish that originated from Slovenia), Trieste-style salted cod, scampi alla busara (large prawns in tomato sauce). One can end a busy day by taking a break in one of the many osmizzas (wine-taverns).

In the city of Gorizia, its proximity to Slovenia is evident in its dishes, typically one finds potato gnocchi with plums drizzled with melted butter and many ham dishes. Towards the interior of the region, Udine and Pordenone’s dishes are influenced by the plateau’s agriculture – dishes with white asparagus, white truffle, raw ham that is slightly smoked and a wide variation of cheese.

Overall, the region’s culinary dishes can be mostly categorised in sea and mountain dishes. However, as mentioned, each city has its own style and unique flavours – utilizing its surrounding and historical ingredients, combined with local traditions to create dishes found nowhere else in Italy. Friuli Venezia Giulia is truly a hidden gem in the culinary world that can be found nowhere else!

Article: Jethro Swift

The IWINETC 2020 two day conference and one day B2B Workshop will take place from 24 – 26 March at Stazione Marittima Conference Hall, Molo Bersaglieri 3 – 34124 Trieste Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy) and is supported by PromoTurismoFVGRegistration open. For more information, visit: www.iwinetc.com

Roving editor-in-chief of Meininger’s Wine Business International Felicity Carter Keynote Speaker at IWINETC 2020

IWINETC today announced Felicity Carter Editor-in-chief of Meininger’s Wine Business International, as the fifth of six exciting keynote speakers lined up for IWINETC 2020, which takes place in Trieste from 24-25 March.

It’s third time back at IWINETC for Felicity and for the 2020 edition of the IWINETC she will be delivering a talk titled: Turn your staff into your best advocates. Staff are the key to a successful wine tourism experience, whether they work in the cellar door or in marketing. But too often, staff training is limited to giving staff members information on the wines they’re selling and nothing more. Felicity Carter presents case studies of wine businesses that have improved their bottom line – and their visitor satisfaction – with better staff training”.

About Felicity

Felicity is a regular speaker at international wine events from ProWein to Wine2Wine, and she has spoken on wine tourism at a number of international conferences, including in Spain’s Basque Country, Hungary, South Africa and Portugal. A wine judge, Felicity has judged in Portugal, Germany, Bordeaux, Brussels and Georgia, and in 2015 formed part of the ‘empowerment of women in wine’ panel for Wines of Argentina. She is an international judge of the Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine List of the Year, and the China Wine List of the Year, and has been the international judge of the nationally televised German Wine Queen finals.

The IWINETC 2020 two day conference and one day B2B Workshop will take place from 24 – 26 March at Stazione Marittima Conference Hall, Molo Bersaglieri 3 – 34124 Trieste Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy) and is supported by PromoTurismoFVGRegistration open. For more information, visit: www.iwinetc.com

IWINETC 2020 announces Luxury Tourism Expert Cristina Mascanzoni as 4th Keynote speaker

IWINETC today announced Cristina Mascanzoni Kaiser Luxury Tourism Consultant, as the fourth of six exciting keynote speakers lined up for IWINETC 2020, which takes place in Trieste from 24-25 March.

Cristina will be delivering a talk titled What do luxury travellers want on a wine and food tasting tour? Defining the luxury traveller of today at the 2 day conference. The aim of the talk is to explore the concept of luxury wine tourism experiences and to understand the perceived importance of these specific type of experiences and markets to wine tourism businesses and to the destinations where they are located in. Experiences involving local products, such a wine and gastronomy are critical for the tourism sector and they have been growing in the last decade becoming key for increasingly demanding consumers.

About Cristina

Cristina Mascanzoni Kaiser is the Founder of WineHo, an Italian Academy providing high level education focus on wine hospitality. Teacher in the wine tourism Master in different Business Schools, as CUOA, Cristina published and presented her vision of wine hospitality and relevance of this activity in the future market in 2 summits: Atlas, held at Bergamo University in February 2018 and at Evora, held by Porto University in June 2019.

Cristina is an Italian/German Sommelier certified both by AIS (Italian Sommelier Association) and by WSET.

She studied law at Alma Mater studiorum University of Bologna and, after an experience in insurance business, she has developed her career for more than 20 years in hotellerie as Sales and Marketing Manager within international and luxury hotels (i.e. Munich Bayerischer Hof, Venice San Clemente, Rimini Grand Hotel, Verona Hotel Veronesi La Torre, and many others). She took a Marketing specialization at the Cornell University, NY.

As of 2017 she is as well the owner and founder of ClubAppeal a consultancy firm that provides top wineries, hotel and companies practical indications on how to leverage on one of the most relevant Italian assets: Tourism. In particular she manages to properly target the ideal customer/tourist and to build a product/service that fits his/her needs in the field of wine, oil and experiential tourism. Founding WineHo to create the Wine Hospitality Manager has been the natural step forward to manage the relevant request in the tourism industry.

The IWINETC 2020 two day conference and one day B2B Workshop will take place from 24 – 26 March at Stazione Marittima Conference Hall, Molo Bersaglieri 3 – 34124 Trieste Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy) and is supported by PromoTurismoFVGRegistration open. For more information, visit: www.iwinetc.com

IWINETC 2020 announces OTA expert, Peter Syme as 3rd Keynote speaker

IWINETC today announced Peter Syme, Adventure travel and digital transformation business addict and expert, as the third of six exciting keynote speakers lined up for IWINETC 2020, which takes place in Trieste from 24-25 March.

Peter will be delivering a talk titled Growing Your Wine Tourism Bookings Using OTA’s and Digital Distribution at the 2 day conference. In today’s digital era it is never been easier or cheaper for wine tourism operators to increase their bookings using a global distribution strategy combined with simple technology. This presentation will cover digital strategy including direct business via digital platforms like google and social media platforms. Indirect business via third party relationships with trade and the fast-growing impact global online travel agents are making and why wine tourism operators cannot ignore them. The simple technology required to develop an online digital distribution network will also be discussed.

About Peter

Peter operates his own inbound adventure activity business in Scotland and also an outbound global expedition business. He has also owned and operated inbound activity businesses in Spain and Morocco. He has travelled and operated in over 120 countries and his businesses have helped introduce over two hundred thousand customers to adventure. He is a regular speaker at travel events around the world on the impact of the digital era on small tourism businesses and what they can do to thrive with so much change happening. He is also a regular speaker at University MBA and executive leadership courses on Digital Transformation. His current passion is being a strategic advisor to several scalable digital startups in the tours and activities sector.

The IWINETC 2020 two day conference and one day B2B Workshop will take place from 24 – 26 March at Stazione Marittima Conference Hall, Molo Bersaglieri 3 – 34124 Trieste Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy) and is supported by PromoTurismoFVGRegistration open. For more information, visit: www.iwinetc.com

The Rare Welsh Bit, Kacie Morgan confirmed as second headliner for IWINETC 2020

We’re delighted to announce Kacie Morgan as our second confirmed keynote speaker at IWINETC 24 & 25 March 2020.

Kacie will draw on her almost decade-long experience as a Food and Travel blogger to deliver a talk titled: Will Travel for Food: the Increasing Appetite for Food Tourism in which attendees will discover the rising popularity of food tourism, how travel agents and tour operators can use this to their advantage and which destinations will be on the culinary agenda for 2020

About Kacie

Based in Cardiff, Kacie is one of Wales’ longest-standing bloggers. Established in 2010, her blog, The Rare Welsh Bit focuses on culinary travel and sightseeing, from Cardiff to the Caribbean. This includes recipes, travel destinations, attractions, transport, events, accommodation and more.

The Rare Welsh Bit has been featured by BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Radio Cardiff, Food 52, Mail on Sunday, Metro, Blogosphere Magazine, Sainsbury’s Magazine, Cardiff University Cardiff Connect alumni magazine, Made in Cardiff TV, WalesOnline, Western Mail, Cardiff Life Magazine and Co-Op Food Mag.

In 2018, Kacie received the Blogger of the Year award from Grenada Tourism Authority for her coverage of Grenada Chocolate Festival. The Rare Welsh Bit was also shortlisted as one of the top 10 UK food and travel blogs in the Post Office Travel Blogger Awards.

With a background in journalism and over 10 years’ experience in writing and editing, Kacie also writes on a freelance basis for the likes of Google’s new Touring Bird website, Visit Wales, Thomas Cook, icelolly.com, Sainsbury’s Magazine, Co-Op Food Mag, Around Town Wales Magazines, Cardiff Life Magazine and World Travel Market.

The IWINETC 2020 two day conference and one day B2B Workshop will take place from 24 – 26 March at Stazione Marittima Conference Hall, Molo Bersaglieri 3 – 34124 Trieste Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy) and is supported by PromoTurismoFVGRegistration open. For more information, visit: www.iwinetc.com

Harold Goodwin, WTM’s Responsible Tourism Advisor confirmed as key note IWINETC 2020

We’re thrilled to announce Harold Goodwin, WTM’s Responsible Tourism Advisor as our first confirmed keynote speaker at IWINETC, 24 & 25 March 2020. Harold will deliver a talk titled The Business Advantage of Responsible Tourism.

Talk abstract

There is a strong business case for Responsible Tourism, cost reduction, market advantage and reputation. Two major consumer trends are converging to move the market in favour of Responsible Tourism businesses. Many consumers are seeking authentic experiences and they are concerned about any negative impacts, social, environmental and economic that their trip may have. Experiences on the Wine Route in South Africa and Cava Country in Catalunya will be used to illustrate how the market moves on. More and more destinations are being identified as having an overtourism problem in the news and feature pages, although rarely in the travel pages. The terroir and the natural and cultural environment are fundamental to the production and consumption of wine and food in a period when local sourcing is prized. How can businesses make the most of these market trends and avoid the problems of overtourism.

The IWINETC conference talk programme is a key draw for attendees and continues to see increased attendance year-on-year. The full programme of sessions during the 2 day-long event covers five topical content themes (Research, Marketing & Branding, Grape Escape Destination, Professional Development & Network & connect) all aimed at inspiring and educating delegates with sessions that tangibly add value to their businesses and career development.

Register to attend IWINETC 2020 here

Harold’s career in tourism began as a tour leader and special interest tour operator.  He has worked on four continents with local communities, their governments and the inbound and outbound tourism industry including ABTA and the Association of Independent Tour Operators. He co-founded Responsible Travel with Justin Francis, selling his stake in the company when he moved into consultancy to avoid any conflict of interest. He took his practical experience into academia to enable to train at Masters level some of the next generation of tourism professionals and to undertake research on tourism, responsibility and local economic development.

Harold drafted the Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism in 2002, which laid the foundation of the movement.  He is Managing Director of the Responsible Tourism Partnership and chairs the panels of judges for the World Responsible Tourism Awards in London and the other Awards in the family, Africa, India and new in 2020, Latin America.  Harold is WTM’s Responsible Tourism Advisor, he puts together the flagship Responsible Tourism programme at WTM London which attracts 2000 participants each year, and the programmes run at WTM Africa, WTM Latin America and Arabian Travel Market.

The IWINETC 2020 two day conference and one day B2B Workshop will take place from 24 – 26 March at Stazione Marittima Conference Hall, Molo Bersaglieri 3 – 34124 Trieste Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy) and is supported by PromoTurismoFVGRegistration open. For more information, visit: www.iwinetc.com