Taste workshops: beer and wine

14 August 2020

Let’s talk drinks specifically beer and wine, two of humanity’s finest liquid inventions and, naturally, the subject of Taste Workshops at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto.

So what are we exploring in Turin from October 8 to 12?


Before we go any further, an important reminder: while these events are going ahead in Turin, the great marketplace, the heart of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, is not happening this year, and we are not encouraging people to travel to Italy. This article is for information purposes only, to let you know what we’re doing. Participation has been rendered difficult, in some cases impossible, by the Covid-19 pandemic, and we look forward to being able to meet again in person soon. For the time being, this reduced program of physical events in Turin is what we’re able to organize, though there’ll be lots of digital events available all over the world.


Barolo vineyards in Piedmont, photo: https://www.istockphoto.com/

Where better to start than with Italian wines, the protagonists of two different Taste Workshops.

At Wines of the island, wines of the sea we’re diving into the oenology of the minor archipelagos, with their stunning landscapes and rich biodiversity. The relationship between the sea and the wine is the main theme of this Workshop, in a journey across six tastings that will take us along the coast from the north to the south of Italy, where winemaking is an integral part of the territory.

At Barolo 2010: the memorable year, we’re exploring a vintage that will be remembered not just as an exceptional year, with slender and solid wines that are both fine and profound, but also for the great success it enjoyed on the foreign market, particulary in America. It’s only been a decade, but already the sight of a bottle of Barolo 2010 is a rarity.


Widening our scope, we’re dedicating ourselves to two of the most noted European denominations.

Champagne, photo: https://www.istockphoto.com/

Champagne: a journey among the terroirs is a sparkling journey to the roots of Champagne to understand the different terroirs that compose this fascinating and multifaceted denomination, perhaps the most famous in the world. There’s only one way to do: to taste the terroirs! We’ll be tasting Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne, Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sezanne and Côte des Bar to discover the individual peculiarities and personalities of each one.

Meanwhile in Germany we take a journey with the King: Riesling along the Rhine and its tributaries. German winemaking is strongly connected to the presence of rivers which are home to some of the most celebrated and appreciated denominations. Moselle, Saar, Ruwer, Nahe, Ahr, and the Rheingau denomination of the Rhine: six rivers which together compose a mosaic of wine regions with few equals worldwide. The protagonist is the Riesling grape, the (almost) undisputed King of German wines.


There are two Workshops dedicated to the yeasts and fermentations of beer.

The Rodenbach brewery

In Mixed Fermentation: the sour beers of Flanders, we explore some highly unusual beers: the Flemish Red Ales, which belong to the historical tradition of West Flanders, in the heart of Belgium. The technical characteristics and elaborate aging process in oak barrels make them, according to many, a link betweeb beer and wine. Here we’ll explore the story and secrets of Rodenbach, a historic brewery in Roeselare that has been producing sour beer for almost 200 years.

In The importance of native yeasts, thanks to Slow Food Editor’es guide to Beers of Italy we take a deep dive into the world of small-scale, high-quality brewers. Many of the “Snail” awards of the latest editions have been given to businesses that work with mixed fermentation, often using native yeasts. Starting with Loverbeer, one of the first to explore the theme, we explore the contemporary panorama.

Let the good times flow!

by Silvia Ceriani, info.eventi@slowfood.it