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The 33rd Edition on March 26th


New York, February 21 – The 33rd edition of GALA ITALIA will take place on March 26th in the Ballroom of one of the most prestigious hotels in Manhattan, as announced today by the Italian Wine & Food Institute.

The GALA ITALIA will feature the selection of great wines from some of the most important winemakers in Italy that was presented to the Ambassadors of the Member Nations of  United Nations Security Council on the occasion of the Italian presidency.

This new and unprecedented theme will give even greater appeal to the GALA ITALIA—the longest running promotional event for Italian wine in the U.S.—and stimulate the interest of the American wine press who will have the opportunity to both see the famous bottles on display and taste the same wines (although some of different vintages) that were donated to the Ambassadors of the Member Nations of the UN Security Council.

The 33rd edition of GALA ITALIA, which will be held under the patronage of the Italian Ambassador to Washington, will also be the platform for a major announcement by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and ICE Agency to the press: the upcoming, substantial promotional campaign in favor of Italian wines that will be conducted across the U.S.

During the GALA ITALIA, in the presence of the media and many Opinion Leaders and VIPs, Italian and American wine leaders who have made outstanding accomplishments in the industry will be honored with the prestigious “Wine Leader Awards” and the “Institute Gold Medals”.

Among the Italian producers awarded in the most recent editions of GALA ITALIA: Piero Antinori, Jacopo Biondi Santi, Pio Boffa (Pio Cesare), Matteo Lunelli (Ferrari), Chiara Lungarotti and Lucio Tasca.

Among the past awarded American Wine Editors: Adam Strum, editor and director of Wine Enthusiast; John Mariani, the well-known journalist and author of highly-successful books (including “How Italian Food Conquered the World”); Florence Fabricant, the famous New York Times journalist and an icon of American journalism; Joshua Greene, Editor of Wine & Spirits Magazine; Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW, director of the International Wine Center and the first American woman to become Master of Wine; Kevin Zraly, Author and Wine Educator at Windows on the World Wine School; and Marc D. Taub, President and CEO of Palm Bay International.

The restaurateurs who were honored at past GALA ITALIA editions include: Sirio Maccioni, who elevated Italian gastronomy to unprecedented levels; Gualtiero Marchesi and Giovanni Rana, both great champions of Italian cuisine; Fabio Granato, who, with Vittorio Assaf, brought Italian cuisine and wines to various countries across the world; and Piero Selvaggio, owner of the renowned “Valentino” restaurant in Los Angeles.

The GALA ITALIA will follow its classic formula: a Wine Tasting followed by a Gala Dinner reserved for the press. This year’s Gala Dinner will once again flaunt an exceptional Italian menu prepared by a famous chef and designed to pair exceptionally well with the fine Italian wines donated by the participating winery owners. The wine producers will personally come from Italy to present their wines to guests throughout the dinner.

The wines will be listed, with due emphasis, in the elegant program of the Gala.

The inclusion of these two new themes, which have required a complex preparation and a change of the event date, will allow for an elegant and prestigious re-launch of the great wines of Italy.

GALA ITALIA is organized by the Italian Wine & Food Institute with the support of the Ministry of Economic Development, in collaboration with the ICE Agency.

For more information, visit the Italian Wine & Food Institute’s website: or contact    the Institute (Tel.: 212-867-4111 – Email:


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Gala Italia Save the date- Mar 26 2018

Il consuntivo 2017 dell’Italian Wine & Food Institute


New York, 8 febbraio — I dati appena rilasciati dall’Italian Wine & Food Institute confermano che il 2017 si è concluso, come ampiamente anticipato, senza particolari variazioni rispetto all’anno precedente.

Secondo Lucio Caputo, presidente dell’Istituto, le esportazioni vinicole italiane verso gli USA nel 2017 hanno fatto registrare soltanto un nominale incremento dello 0,9% in quantità e dell’1,4% in valore, dovuto essenzialmente alla variazione del tasso di cambio Dollaro-Euro, restando sostanzialmente fermi sui valori raggiunti nel 2016.

Nel rendere noti i dati, Caputo ha sottolineato come, al blocco dell’espansione delle esportazioni italiane ha fatto riscontro un considerevole aumento delle esportazioni  dei vini francesi che hanno fatto registrare un ben più consistente e considerevole incremento del 15,7% in quantità e del 16,9% in valore. La Francia si è saldamente installata al secondo posto in valore, fra i paesi esportatori verso il mercato USA, tallonando sempre più da vicino l’Italia, nonostante esporti in quantità meno della meta dell’Italia.

Alla situazione di stallo delle esportazioni italiane ha fatto riscontro anche il notevole incremento delle esportazioni dall’Australia, secondo paese fornitore del mercato USA, che ha visto le proprie esportazioni aumentare in quantità di ben il 23,9% (anche se circa il 50% delle esportazioni australiane sono di vino sfuso) ed il buon andamento del totale delle importazioni vinicole americane salite del 7% in quantità e del 5,8% in valore.

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