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Slow Wine: A Journey Through Artisanal Craftsmanship

Slow Wine refers to a coalition that strives to emphasize quality over quantity and to promote sustainable and organic practices in winemaking. Slow Wine is a celebration of artisanal craftsmanship, encouraging consumers to savor and appreciate wine as more than just an alcoholic beverage, but as a reflection of culture, terroir, and tradition. 

Central to the ethos of the Slow Wine Coalition is the concept of terroir, or the unique combination of soil, climate, and geography that imbues each wine with its distinctive character. By honoring and respecting the terroir, winemakers produce wines that speak eloquently of their origin, enabling exploration of the nuances of different regions and grape varieties. Slow Wine began with Italian wineries, but today, it has expanded to wineries across the U.S.

Slow Wine also advocates for transparency and accountability within the wine industry. While the Slow Food Movement began back in the 80’s, the first Slow Wine Guide was first published (in English) back in 2011 as an initiative in this regard. The latest guide for 2024 was just released! The Slow wine Guide was designed to highlight wineries, producers and areas of production, with a focus on their winemaking style and agronomic techniques. The guide was followed by the first Slow Wine Tour to major cities in 2012.  We recently attended the latest edition in New York. What a treat!

As Slow Wine is rooted in the heart of viticulture, it was quite clear that it transcends mere consumption, offering a profound appreciation for the artistry and dedication behind each bottle. I enjoyed learning and tasting the fruits of their labor from many of the slow wine producers. I also attended seminars for two Slow Wine regions: Oltrepò Pavese and Asolo. Stay tuned for the write up!

Ultimately, Slow Wine reminds us to slow down, to savor each sip, and to revel in the rich tapestry of flavors, aromas, and stories woven into every bottle. It is an invitation to rediscover the beauty of simplicity, the power of patience, and the profound pleasure of living well. Slow Wine is definitely a true testament to the beauty of patience, tradition, and craftsmanship. 

Planted, harvested and aged in NY. I have a background in education and marketing, with a love and passion for travel...and all things wine. In addition to writing about wine, I also maintain an online wine boutique (thewininghour.com) that caters to the winelover, as well as the weekly vinous winechat (#WiningHourChat) on Twitter (see page for more info).

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