DISTILLERIA BOTTEGA BECOMES BOTTEGA SPA
Starting from March 20th 2013 Distilleria Bottega changes its company name and becomes Bottega S.p.A, with an increase in share capital from € 1,404,000 to € 5,000,000. The passage from Limited Liability Company (srl) to Incorporated Company is not a random choice, but responds, legally and officially to the increased size of the structure and volume of business. The company fully maintains its family identity and shareholdings are exclusively owned by Barbara, Sandro and Stefano Bottega.
GERMANY: GOLD EVENING IN BREMEN
Bottega Gold warmed up a cold winter evening in the northernmost part of Germany on the 24th of January 2013. The event took place in Bremen during the annual meeting of Brand Compendium, which is one of our most important commercial partners in Germany thanks to its consistent agents' network. The scenery of the meeting was the glamorous Skybar located on the 20th floor of a building from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city. The event ended up with an Italian dinner during which the products Bottega, along with the new Crema di Limoncino were served.
SHANGHAI: NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY
Distilleria Bottega attended as qualified sponsor the New Year's Eve party, held in Shanghai, in the district of Xintiandi, the main pedestrian area of the city. This site, dedicated to shopping, dining and sophisticated entertainment, is an important showcase for China. On 31 December 2012, the owners and managers of Xintiandi offered their customers an exclusive party in a purpose-built location within the neighborhood. Distilleria Bottega, the only producer of wines and spirits during the event, offered Bottega Gold, Prosecco Doc and Petalo.
ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN ON MEDIASET GROUP TV
The advertising campaign Bottega, on Mediaset tv, is on air from 14th to 22nd December, during the week before Christmas. The unmistakable Bottega Gold bottle appears, introducing the New Year Eve atmosphere.Print this article
GRAPE HARVEST CELEBRATION
On September 14th 2012, the traditional grape harvest celebration took place in the vineyards surrounding Distilleria Bottega. For the fourth year, the event was a mix of tradition, fashion and fun. Grapes were harvested by actors from Compagnia de Calza of Venice, wearing 18th century style Venetian costumes. The grapes were immediately pressed by foot in the historical wooden vats, used especially for the event.Print this article
LITTLE ITALY: BOTTEGA PARTY IN BRUGHERIO
On September 12th 2012, Distilleria Bottega, organised at Controluce club in Brugherio, near Milan, the Little Italy party for the presentation of our products, featuring the Italian flag and a few symbols of the country, such as Vespa and Fiat 500. The party was a great success for the customers of Controluce.Print this article
MILAN: MAN OF THE YEAR 2012 PRIZE TO ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR ANDREA BATTISTONI
On September 10th 2012, the National Association Women in Wine awarded orchestra director Andrea Battistoni Man of the Year 2012. Andrea Battistoni is a young but well-known orchestra director, who is already experiencing international success. During the event Monica Lisetto, Woman in Wine of Distilleria Bottega, awarded Battistoni with a 3-litre blown glass bottle of grappa containing a treble clef.
AMARONE IL VINO DEGLI DEI: SILVER MEDAL AT MUNDUSVINI, GERMANY
Distilleria Bottega had a great success in the MundusVini enological competition: for two years, our Amarone Il Vino degli Dei was awarded the silver medal.
WINE ENTHUSIAST 2012 WINE STARS AWARD: BOTTEGA NOMINATION
Wine Enthusiast, a well-known American magazine, has recently announced the nominations for Wine Star Award 2012. Distilleria Bottega has been selected for the category “Distillery of the Year”, together with Appleton Estate Rum (Jamaica), Michter’s (Usa), Partida Tequila (Mexico) and St. George Spirits (Usa).
WINESTATE MAGAZINE: BOTTEGA MILLESIMATO AWARDED IN AUSTRALIA
Bottega Millesimato was awarded the “3 stars” prize from the famous WineState Magazine.
IWSC 2012: BRONZE FOR NERO BOTTEGA
Nero Bottega received the "Bronze Award" at the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2012. It is the first prize for our new dark chocolate liquor.
CORTONA MIX FESTIVAL: A SPECIAL GRAPPA FOR EMIR KUSTURICA
Distilleria Bottega sponsored the Cortona Mix Festival, bringing together music, literature, cinema and theatre. On August 1st 2012 the director Emir Kusturica and No Smoking Orchestra organised a rock concert in Piazza Signorelli, in the hearth of Cortona. Distilleria Bottega gave Kusturica a special blown glass bottle containing 3 litres of Prosecco grappa.
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: BOTTEGA GOLD IN MASERATI BOOTH
In August, the Durban Good Food & Wine Festival attracted 50.000 visitors. Maserati took part in the event with its own booth and along with a few “celebrity chefs” organized some cooking shows that caught the attention of the people attending the festival. The Maserati booth was decorated with a Bottega Gold display and was awarded the Gold Award for design also thanks to the refined packaging of our “glamorous sparkling wine”.
MONTENEGRO: GLAMOROUS EVENTS
Distilleria Bottega cooperates in Montenegro with Ntc-Distribucija. On August 2nd and 4th 2012, our products were introduced by the company in Budva and Porto Montenegro, during the presentation of the new book by Vesna Dedic, well-known Serbian writer and TV host.Print this article
SAMBUCA BOTTEGA AVAILABLE IN ROMA FIUMICINO DUTY FREE SHOP
Aeroporti di Roma Spa decided to list Sambuca Bottega, thus challenging the historical brands of this product that has a great tradition both in Rome and Lazio. The listing of our Sambuca is an extremely effective form of indirect advertisement.
MUNICH AIRPORT: PRIVILEGED DISPLAY
Munich Airport, is after Frankfurt, Germany's most important airport. Here, Distilleria Bottega has recently strengthened its presence. The Duty Free and Travel Retail store, located at Terminal 2, is where our company obtained a display area that assures maximum visibility.
OSLO AIRPORT: DISPLAY BOTTEGA
Oslo International Airport is the most important airport in Norway and Scandinavia. In its Duty free shop, Distilleria Bottega conquered an exclusive display area that offers good visibility of our sparkling wines.
THE ROYAL GOLD FAMILY
On the first week of May, a road show training involving British Airways hostesses was held in London Heathrow Airport. As the theme of the show was “Best of British”, Distilleria Bottega created an original image of Bottega Gold Family (20 cl, 75 cl, Magnum and Jeroboam), winking at the British Royal Family.
ESTONIA: DISTILLERIA BOTTEGA AWARDED BEST TALLINK DUTY FREE FAIR PARTNER 2012 PRIZE
On September 13th 2012 in Tallinn, Estonia, the shipping line Tallink (one of the most important in Baltic) hosted Tallink Duty Free Conference, where Distilleria Bottega was awarded Best Tallink Duty Free Fair Partner 2012 Prize. Fazer (chocolate), Pernod-Ricard, Procter & Gamble and Bacardi were also awarded.
NEW ZEALAND: WINTER PARTY WITH BOTTEGA GOLD
On July 14th 2012, in Auckland, Distilleria Bottega took part in Winter Social, the most important event of the season. This exclusive party, featuring 500 selected guests, was the occasion for tasting and discovering a selection of the best distillates and sparkling wines from all over the world. Bottega Gold was the only product to represent Italy.
HONG KONG: MISS ASIA NIGHT
On September 8th 2012 Asia Television Ltd. Organized Miss Asia Night 2012 in Hong Kong. Vino dei Poeti Rosè Bottega co-starred the event with a vast offer of our wines, supplied by Telford Hong Kong.
DISTILLERIA BOTTEGA RECEIVES 50 FERRARIS IN ITS MAIN OFFICES
Saturday 17th September 2011, Distilleria Bottega celebrated the beginning of distilling by hosting about 50 Ferraris in its main offices on the occasion of the “14th gathering of Ferrari lovers and cars”, organised by the Ferrari Club Prealpi Venete di Godega di Sant’Urbano (TV) Stable. When the participants arrived, they were welcomed by Stefano Bottega. There followed a visit to the distillery, with a special description of the process of transformation of the marc and a tasting of the Prosecco sparkling wine. In the evening during the convivial dinner with the Ferrari fans, Stefano Bottega awarded Ivan Capelli, former formula one Ferrari driver and now famous TV commentator, with the “Rosso Bottega” award, a beautiful blown glass bottle with a prancing horse inside it and containing 3 litres of Prosecco Grappa.Print this article
AMARONE AND DESIGN: A COCKTAIL FOR LIFE WITH ELISA
October is the month of breast cancer prevention and Sandro Bottega demonstrated his continuous dedication to the campaign by presenting the Amarone Prêt-à-Porter in Milan, the limited edition “glamour wine”, designed in collaboration with the designer Denise Focil. The exclusive evening was held at the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum on Thursday 20th October 2011. All the money raised during the event, which had singer Elisa as special patroness of the evening, went to Breast Health International (BHI), Italian non-profit organisation, which provides assistance to women suffering from breast cancer and to their families. Stefania Sandrelli participated in the event along with her partner Giovanni Soldati.Print this article
FRONTIER AWARDS 2011: BEST PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR THE WINNING BLEND OF OPERA MUSIC AND SPARKLING WINE FOR DISTILLERIA BOTTEGA
The prestigious Frontier Awards 2011, some of the main awards for the Duty Free and Travel Retail channel, were assigned during the TFWA Exhibition of Cannes (19th-23rd September). The Duty Free Shop of Puerto Iguazu (Argentina) and the Bottega Gold spumante won the “Best Partnership Initiative of the Year” award with the “Italian Drops” initiative, which created a blend between opera music and the premium glamorous spumante wine in one of the major duty free shops in Latin America. Top marks then to the collaboration between Distilleria Bottega and London Supply, one of the most important Latin America operators, which operates the Duty Free shop in Puerto Iguazu, the Argentinean city which is the access way to the famous waterfalls. This location was, indeed, the location of an innovative promotion during the course of 2011. The dynamic Argentinean operator created a way of entertaining and amusing the public inside the exhibition areas of the shopping centre and at the same time getting them to taste the Bottega products. The promotion centred on several musicians who played some of the most famous and immortal world opera pieces. The artists, dressed up as shop employees, visitors, tourists and security guards, mingled with the public and surprised the visitors, getting them to try the spumante Bottega Gold.
NICE AIRPORT: GOLD AND LIMONCINO
Nice airport is the second most important airport in France. In terms of volume of traffic, it comes second only to Paris' Charles De Gaulle airport. The gateway to the Côte d'Azur, it is an important regional hub for Mediterranean air traffic. Distilleria Bottega, which has been long represented with its products in the duty free shop, publicised Bottega Gold and the Limoncino in the luminous panels of the duty free shop.
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM: SPUMANTI BOTTEGA
Ho Chi Minh City, still better known under its old name of Saigon, is the economic heart of Vietnam. In this chaotic city our importer Cellier France Asie organised an event called Hit the Roof on 5th October 2001, at the club Cloud 9. Sandro Bottega, special guest of the event, presented Prosecco Doc, Rosé and Gold.
PROSECCO BOTTEGA: AD ON THE MEDIASET NETWORK
Distilleria Bottega focussed on Prosecco spumante for the autumn advertising campaign on the Mediaset networks. The ad lasting 10 seconds is based on the sparkling nature of the wine which fills the long stemmed glasses with a rich foam and is transformed into a liquid universe, in which the bubbles become the absolute protagonists. The Bottega Gold bottle appears with its unmistakeable golden plumage, introducing the party atmosphere of the New year's Eve toast. The ad is scheduled to appear between 20th November to 3rd December. The same campaign was also used last year.
HARVEST FESTIVAL WITH GRAPE PRESSING IN PERIOD COSTUMES
On September 9, 2011 Distilleria Bottega celebrated the Prosecco Doc grape harvest in its own vineyards which surround the company’s head offices. The bunches of grapes were harvested by the walk-on actors of the Compagnia de Calza of Venice, who wore 18th century historical Venetian costumes for the occasion. Immediately after, at sunset at summer's end, the same grapes distributed in two wooden vats from the last century were pressed by the feet of some beautiful girls. During the pressing and dinner the de Calza walk-on actors re-evoked the charms of the Serenissima Republic of Venice with poems singing the praises of wine and with erudite quotations. During the course of the evening, the "Procurator Grando" Luca Colferai bestowed on Sandro Bottega the standard of the Compagnia de Calza, to celebrate twenty years of friendship between the confraternity and the Treviso distillery.
FEAST OF THE REDEEMER IN VENICE
On July 16, 2011 Distilleria Bottega organised a boat party to celebrate the Redeemer, the most strongly felt of all the Venetian feasts. The evening began with pre-dinner drinks at sunset with the boat at full steam. Then after dark, dinner got underway accompanied by the tasting of our wines and grappa. After that the deck of the boat was turned into a privileged stage from which all the guests could watch the fireworks display which lit up the Venetian night with thousands of colours.
BOTTEGA NIGHT IN PADUA
On Tuesday 26 July 2011 at the restaurant and wine store Corte dei Leoni in Padua, Distilleria Bottega presented its spumante Bottega Gold and its Grappa Riserva Privata which won the Gold medal in the 2011 edition of the prestigious competition “Acquaviti d’Oro”, organised by the ANAG. After the aperitif and the dinner, the evening was enlivened by a jazz and lounge music space.
BOTTEGA GOLD AT CAVI DI LAVAGNA
On Sunday 31 July 2011 our spumante Bottega Gold stole the limelight at Beach Club Sol Levante in Cavi di Lavagna (Riviera di Levante, at about 50 km from Genoa). The event consisted of an “aperitif-dinner” at sunset, followed by a beach barbecue which was followed by music in the beach-side discotheque.
MILLESIMATO STEFANO BOTTEGA AT THE YES BANANA IN SPRESIANO
On July 27 2011 Distilleria Bottega presented its new spumante Millesimato Stefano Bottega in the restaurant Yes Banana in Spresiano (TV), during the party of Oikos, the Venetian company leader in the production of top of the range entirely Italian made armoured doors. The restaurant was embellished for the occasion with the exhibition of the spumante Bottega Gold and the new Millesimato Stefano Bottega.
FRONTIER AWARDS: BEST PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
The Duty Free Shop of Puerto Iguazu and our Bottega Gold won this prestigious prize with the “Italian Drops” initiative, which provided a link of opera music and our glamorous spumante in one of the major duty free shops in Latin America. The collaboration between London Supply and Distilleria Bottega was therefore given the main award.
AMARONE PRET-A-PORTER: SILVER MEDAL FOR PACKAGING
Amarone Pret-A-Porter was awarded the silver medal for innovating packaging by the prestigious Drinks International Travel Retail Awards 2011. The awards ceremony was held on September 20 in Cannes at the Bay Restaurant, inside the Palais des Festivals et des Congres.
AMARONE THE WINE OF THE GODS: SILVER AT MUNDUSVINI IN GERMANY
Distilleria Bottega had a successful participation in the wine contest MUNDUSVINI in Germany, obtaining silver medal for the Amarone Il Vino degli Dei. The International Grand Prix of Wine MUNDUSVINI is one of the most important wine contests on an international level.
TWO BOTTEGA WINES WIN AWARDS AT SELECTION WINE TASTING COMPETITION
Bottega's Vino dei Poeti Brunello di Montalcino, the Poets' Wine, and Recioto della Valpolicella were awarded the “3 sterne” (3 star) acknowledgement in Mainz in Germany during the Selection Wine Tasting Competition.
SINGAPORE: BOTTEGA GOLD STARS AT THE FULLERTON BAY HOTEL
On May 18th, 2011, in Singapore, Distilleria Bottega presented Bottega Gold, its “spumante glamour” which with its golden livery shows the very quintessence of luxury. The Asiatic city-state hosted “Bottega Golden Night”, organized by Sandro Bottega and by our importer Giorgio Ferrari. The Clifford restaurant was chosen for the evening. This restaurant, which reproduces the chic atmosphere of a Paris brasserie, is part of The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore. The many guests appreciated Bottega Gold, both as an aperitif and accompanying the dishes created by the Clifford chefs. The display of bottles, set out to make a large circle, and the appearance of four local beauties with flashing gold dresses, created a great expectation for tasting our top spumante.
THE WOMEN OF WINE REWARD RENATO BALESTRA
The fashion designer Renato Balestra won the First Man of the Year Award, called for by the National Association Le Donne del Vino (“The Women of Wine”). The ceremony took place at the port of Venice on May 14th, 2011, on the Magnifica, a splendid ship belonging to MSC Crociere. On board, our Petalo Moscato and Il Vino dei Poeti Rosé met with particular interest when they were served to the guests during a reception offered by MSC. Monica Lisetto and Anna Pesenti, both Women of Wine, took part in the event representing Distilleria Bottega.
BUENOS AIRES: FEAST OF THE REPUBLIC AT THE EMBASSY
On June 2nd, the Italian Embassy in Buenos Aires was the venue for the traditional Feast of the Republic; in this context, the celebrations were accompanied by our Prosecco Canevari. The organizer of the initiative was the very active distributor Wine Supply, which has developed a close partnership with Distilleria Bottega.
CROATIA: THE SPLIT AIRPORT
The airport of Split, the second largest city in Croatia, has expanded its business considerably in recent years. Inside the airport, the Duty Free shop managed by the Heinemann group has dedicated a special space to our top image products. It should be stressed that Bottega's are the only foreign wines to be found there. At the end of May, a large delegation from the airport Duty Free shop of the Dalmatian city visited our company.
FLORENCE, PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO: GOLD AND DIAMOND MEET JOHN MALKOVICH
During the event Pitti Immagine Uomo, Bottega Gold and Bottega Diamond, the two “spumanti glamour” of Distilleria Bottega, were presented in the course of the three day Eredi Chiarini Fashion Event, organized in Florence by the historic shop of the same name. The event (June 14th – 16th, 2011) saw the prestigious presence of John Malkovich, the well known US director and actor, who introduced his Technobohemian collection.
WISH FOR JAPAN
The employees of the Shangri-La hotel chain organized a charity initiative called “WISH.for Japan”, to support the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. For this purpose, the well known and prestigious five star Asiatic hotel group created special “WISH.for Japan” stay packages which include not only ad hoc menus and spa treatments, but also the sale of a bracelet and candies. Distilleria Bottega too decided to take part in the charity programme, creating a special bottle of spumante. Profits from the sale of the new product will be directed towards this cause. Bottles containing the Glera spumante wine are completely white and bear the logos Bottega and WISH.for Japan.
BANGKOK: GOLD PARTY AND BOTTEGA DINNER
Texica, our Thai importer, organized two evenings in Bangkok which met with wide acclaim in the media. The first event, called “Bottega Gold Party”, was held on May 20th, 2011 at Mello Yello, a well-known jazz club in the capital. The second evening was hosted on the following day by The Hamilton Restaurant at The Dusit Hotel. Both events were successful, showing the importance of matching consumption of Bottega products with the dishes of various countries.
THE ACQUAVITI D’ORO 2011 COMPETITION REWARDS GRAPPA RISERVA PRIVATA
Grappa Riserva Privata was awarded the Gold Medal in the 2011 edition of the competition “Acquaviti d’Oro”, organized by ANAG (Associazione Nazionale Assaggiatori Grappa, the National Association of Grappa Tasters). Grappa Riserva Privata was rewarded in the category of “Aged Grappas”.
IWSC 2011: BRONZE AWARD FOR RIPASSO AND ROSSO DI MONTALCINO
Ripasso Bottega and Il Vino dei Poeti Rosso di Montalcino were both granted the "Bronze Award", in the 2011 edition of the International Wine and Spirit Competition. This important achievement helps to consolidate the image of all the wines produced by the company.
PUERTO IGUAZÚ: OPERA MUSIC ENTERS THE DUTY FREE
The Duty Free in Puerto Iguazú, the Argentian city and gateway to the famous waterfalls, was the backdrop for an innovative promotion idea created by London Supply. This dynamic distributor of Distilleria Bottega products hired some opera singers who performed some of the most famous and immortal pieces from world opera. The singers, dressed as airport employees, visitors, tourists and security guards, mixed with the public to the enthusiasm of the visitors, encouraging them to taste Gold spumante and other Alexander and Bottega products. The initiative, entitled “Italian Drops” was repeated in the same location on no fewer than eight occasions in the first four months of 2011. Given the promotion's success, London Supply has decided to register with Distilleria Bottega for the “Best Partnership Initiative of the Year” in the 2011 Frontier Awards.
INDIA: BRUNCH IN NEW DELHI
Distilleria Bottega has given its full support to its Indian importer, Mohan Brothers, in its attempt to create new food and drink combinations. Recently some brunches were organised at the Sidewalk restaurant inside Hyatt hotel in New Delhi with this specific goal. At present the Mohan Brothers’ selection includes Bottega Gold, Rosé Pink and some juices from the Bottega line.
THAILAND: WINDOW FOR BOTTEGA GOLD AND ALEXANDER GRAPPAS
The annual party of the prestigious F&B Association of Thailand took place on 27 April 2011 at the Dummy Club in Bangkok. Texica, the Thai importer of Alexander and Bottega brands, took part in the event as sponsor. Arousing particular interest among the products that were presented were Bottega Gold spumante and Alexander grappas.
ROME AIRPORT: TASTING BAR
The partnership with ADR Rome airports group continues to be successful. In shop no. 13 at Fiumicino during agreed promotion periods we have a tasting bar that is customised by a back-lit Bottega panel. This space is run by the sales promoter and by a person assigned especially to our products. The bar has a refrigerator-dispenser for Limoncino and the other fruit liquors. The tasting also includes grappas and other bestselling products.
BOLOGNA AIRPORT: TOP PERFORMANCE BY BOTTEGA
The Duty Free and Travel Retail sales outlet at the airport of Bologna has recorded some extremely flattering figures for Bottega products. In the overall sales ranking, our Limoncino came in at 3rd place, after Marlboro Gold and Ferrero Rocher. Among the wines and liquors, the next product in the ranking was Aperol, in 39th place. Limoncè by Stock, our direct rival, came in at 59th place, recording less than one third of the sales figures of Limoncino Bottega.
ARMENIA: THE GATEWAY TO THE CAUCASUS
Since early 2010 Distilleria Bottega has increased its presence in Armenia through its partnership with two different importers which are both located in the capital Yerevan. Ar Bran distributes Fragolino, while Andako has chosen a selection of our grappas and liquors.
AUSTRALIA: DUTY FREE MARKET
Australia is a big country with a growing economy. Distilleria Bottega has begun a partnership in the duty free channel with Nuance Group Australia. The partnership has begun with the following products – Bottega Gold, Bottega Diamond and Petalo Pink Moscato – on the group’s list.
VINITALY 2011: DISTILLERIA BOTTEGA CELEBRATES THE UNITY OF ITALY WITH AN ITALIAN FLAG BOTTLE
On Friday 8 April 2011, Distilleria Bottega and Associazione Donne del Vino (the women in wine association) celebrated 150 years of the Unity of Italy at our stand in Vinitaly with Italian flag bottles containing a top selected lot of Prosecco grappa. For the occasion, the tenor Francesco Grollo gave a personal interpretation of the national anthem by Mameli. The chosen bottle, made of blown glass, encloses the Italian flag, which is made even more alive by the beautiful transparency and reflections of the liquor contained in it. Two Italian flag bottles, made in giant sizes, were on display at the Bottega stand for the whole duration of Vinitaly. On the same occasion, the company presented the biggest grappa bottle in the world, which won the Guinness World Record in 2010.
STEFANIA SANDRELLI INAUGURATES DISTILLERIA BOTTEGA'S NEW GLASS BLOWING WORKSHOP
On 2 April Distilleria Bottega inaugurated its new glass blowing workshop in Pianzano di Godega (Treviso) where it creates the famous blown-glass bottles for the Alexander brand. Stefania Sandrelli was present as patroness of the inauguration ceremony. After a short introductory speech by Sandro Bottega, who described the company’s special relationship with the world of glass, Leonardo Muraro, President of the Province of Treviso, and Aldo Adinolfi, Prefect of Treviso, cut the traditional ribbon to officially inaugurate the workshop. An hour later in the distillery’s headquarters in Bibano, the Bottega brothers gave Stefania Sandrelli a special award for her 50-year career in the film industry. She was given a giant bottle containing 3 litres of a selection of Prosecco grappa with a reproduction inside of the director’s clapperboard, the quintessential symbol of the film set.
UNITY OF ITALY AT FIUMICINO AND MALPENSA
Rome’s Fiumicino airport celebrated the Unity of Italy in great style. On display in the Duty Free and Travel Retail sales outlets was a celebratory column with the words “150° Anniversario Unità d’Italia – Let’s celebrate” (“150th Anniversary of the Unity of Italy – Let’s celebrate”), holding a selection of the best Italian products. Included among these were various Bottega products, which we created a special “I love Italy” label for. This special exhibition was planned for the whole month of March. Our products were also on display with the celebratory label in Milan's Malpensa airport, to create an additional purchase opportunity.
DORECA CONVENTION AT THE FRECCE TRICOLORI BASE
On 22 March 2011, the Doreca group, the big beverage distribution network, organised its annual convention at Rivolto (Udine) at the Frecce Tricolori – the Italian military aerial acrobatics team – base. Stefano Bottega was invited to take part as our company representative, following the success obtained by the Il Roggio brand grappas, which Distilleria Bottega has been producing exclusively for this group for over a year. The event, which opened with an acrobatic display by the Frecce Tricolori, ended with a gala dinner.
BIF&ST: ALEXANDER AWARD TO CARLO VERDONE
Distilleria Bottega took part as a partner in the 2011 Bari film festival, Bif&st. In order to pay homage to the world of cinema, together with Felice Laudadio, director and creator of the festival promoted by the region of Puglia, the company created the Alexander Award: a giant-size blown-glass bottle of grappa with a reproduction of a bunch of grapes inside. This special and prestigious prize, already awarded to the director Giuliano Montaldo in 2010, was given to Carlo Verdone in 2011, for his ability to represent the Italians’ good and bad sides, including their eating and drinking habits. The award ceremony was held at Teatro Petruzzelli on Monday 24 January.
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS CHOOSES BOTTEGA GOLD
South African Airways, the biggest African airline, has included our Bottega Gold spumante in its in-flight sales service.
GHANA AND UGANDA: EMERGING MARKETS IN AFRICA
Distillera Bottega has recently put together a partnership agreement in Ghana with the importer Forewin, based in the capital Accra. For the moment Bottega Gold is the only product on sale and is distributed in the port-side duty free channel. We are present in Uganda through the distributor Uganda Duty Free with wines, liquors and grappas both in the domestic market (restaurants and hotels) and in the Duty Free sales outlets at Entebbe international airport.
VENICE CARNIVAL 2011: PRIZE TO COMPAGNIA DE CALZA
On 27 February 2011, Distilleria Bottega actively took part in the official celebration of thirty years of Compagnia de Calza I Antichi. The Sale Apollinee in the Teatro La Fenice in Venice were the exceptional location for this playful and enjoyable event in the Venice Carnival. During the presentation, the Grand Prior Roberto Bianchin, the top authority of Compagnia de Calza, received the Alexander Carnival Award 2011.
CHARITY FOR HAITI
On 11 March 2011 the DFNI Buccaneer Charity Ball was held at the Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel in London. This year the Duty Free News International journal chose to support the Hand in Hand for Haiti project, set up in 2010 to provide aid for the earthquake victims on the Caribbean island, through this event. This year Distilleria Bottega, which took part in the project in 2010, offered some blown-glass bottles which were auctioned during the evening.
KYLIE MINOGUE TOASTS WITH BOTTEGA GOLD
Kylie Minogue, the famous Australian singer and actress, gave an interview to the Daily Mail newspaper. At the end the presenter gave his guest a bottle of our Bottega Gold. Ms Minogue greatly appreciated the gift and was visibly taken with the packaging. The video in question was put on the Daily Mail's web site, ensuring effective indirect advertising for our product.
PERUGINA NESTLE’ CATALOGUE
The Nestlé group has included our Limoncino among the Perugina catalogue of Easter 2011 corporate gifts. It is the only liquor to have been included in this publication which is aimed to give companies ideas for corporate gifts.
SPECIAL MENTION FOR PRIMO ASSAGGIO BARRIQUE
This year with its Primo Assaggio Barrique Distilleria Bottega was awarded a Special Mention at the Vinitaly International Packaging Competition.
HONG KONG: CHARITY BALL 2010
The ninth Charity Ball was organised on 9 October 2010 by the prestigious Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong, together with Po Leung Kuk, the city on the bay’s historic no profit organisation. The top event involved a group of sponsors with great international visibility. Distillera Bottega took part in the event for the second year running as a leading sponsor supplying wines, grappas and liquors. In addition, the company donated bottles of Grappolo Jeroboam and Alexander Platinum Jeroboam which were auctioned during the evening. All the proceeds from the event were used by Po Leung Kuk to finance aid and support programmes for the most needy children and families in the Asian metropolis. Sandro Bottega was present at the event, in a round of intense public relations.
MOSCOW’S DOMODEDOVO AIRPORT: VALENTINE’S DAY
Petalo Moscato Il Vino dell’Amore played the leading role in an important "Valentine's Day Promotion" held from 1st to 28th February in the Duty Free Store at Moscow's Domodedovo international airport. For the whole duration of the promotion, advertising boards of the product were on display at the security gate at the entrance to the store. A tasting bar was also put on for the occasion.
PETALO: VALENTINE’S DAY PROMOTIONS IN THE USA
Petalo Il Vino dell’Amore played the leading role in the USA on occasion of Valentine’s Day. On 7th February the “Today Show”, which is aired throughout America on the NBC channel, broadcast a special “Sexy Valentine’s Day Gift Guide”. Petalo was the first product featured in the guide. Instead in Texas an advertising page was published in the local newspapers, while the stores in the HEB chain exhibited a special display stand dedicated to the product.
SINGAPORE: THE EXOTIC APPEAL OF BOTTEGA GOLD
Bottega Gold has also carved out a niche for itself in the most exclusive stores in the Far East. Recently our importer in Singapore introduced this striking product to the Jim Thompson group, a chain of restaurants specialised in high quality Thai food.
POLAND: NEW IMPORTER
In Poland during 2010 Distillera Bottega sealed a partnership agreement with Exclusive Brands, one of the most important distributors in the country. This organisation, which has an agile and dynamic sales network, quickly introduced our products (above all wines and liquors) to some important gourmet chains as well as to Poland’s leading big chain store.
LIVIGNO: LA SGAMBEDA
The twenty-first “La Sgambeda”, the traditional cross country skiing marathon and first stage of the Fis Marathon Cup, took place in Livigno on 19th December 2010. Distillera Bottega took part as a sponsor in the event. At the end of the race, some magnums of Prosecco Vino dei Poeti were opened on the podium. During the prize-giving, the two out-and-out winners of the men’s and women’s categories received a 3-litre bottle of Grappolo Alexander. Finally, like every year, the “Enzo Savio Memorial” was awarded to the top of the table in the men’s over 50s category.
PUERTO IGUAZÚ: DUTY FREE AREA
Distilleria Bottega’s products have been present, through London Supply, on the shelves of the duty free shop in the big shopping centre of Puerto Iguazú (Argentina) for years. The constant commitment and numerous promotional activities have boosted the reputation of our products in the whole area.
FLORENCE: STEFANIA SANDRELLI HONORARY SOMMELIER
On 4 December 2010 on occasion of the Cena delle Eccellenze dinner in the exclusive Four Seasons Hotel in Florence, AIS Toscana dubbed Stefania Sandrelli an Honorary Sommelier thanks to her role as ambassador of the values of Tuscan wine in the world. The prestigious award was collected by Sandro Bottega, the Trevisan wine and grappa producer and man behind Stefania's passion for the world of wine.
CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS LAUNCHES DISTILLERIA BOTTEGA AS A HOLIDAY DESTINATION
Cathay Pacific, one of the most important Asian airlines, has expanded its partnership with Distillera Bottega. During 2010 the airline’s tourism division – Cathay Pacific Holidays - launched a new travel itinerary in Italy, offering a package with a visit to our distillery and a wine and grappa tasting session for its flights to Milan.
CANNES: PRESTIGIOUS FRONTIER BUYERS FORUM AWARD TO BOTTEGA GOLD
On 20 October 2010 in Cannes, Distilleria Bottega won the gold medal with its Bottega Gold spumante in the prestigious Buyers Forum Award organised by the Frontier magazine. This prize is very important as it is awarded on the basis of appraisals by buyers in the Duty Free and Travel Retail world on products from various goods channels which are assessed according to their sales performances. The silver medal went to Ray Ban glasses (Luxottica) and the bronze to the Kodak Pulse camera.
VENICE FILM FESTIVAL: BOTTEGA SPUMANTE AT THE EXCELSIOR
On 4 and 5 September 2010, during the Venice Film Festival, the Donne del Vino Association set up a prestigious exhibition space on the terrace at the Lido’s Hotel Excelsior. In this context, the Cantina dei Poeti (Prosecco, Rosè and Petalo) spumantes were particularly appreciated by film makers and visitors.
BOTTEGA GOLD AND PACO RABANNE
Distillera Bottega has set up a pleasing partnership with Paco Rabanne, the prestigious perfume and fashion accessories brand. Playing a leading role in this was Bottega Gold, a product with a strong impact which is perfect for co-marketing operations. In this connection during summer 2010 our "glamorous" spumante was reserved an exhibition and sales space in the Paco Rabanne store in Frankfurt airport.
LIMONCINO BOTTEGA: BEST SELLER AT FIUMICINO AND CIAMPINO
In its August issue, the Infly magazine, distributed free in all the main Italian airports, published an article devoted to “Good Buy Roma” shops in the Fiumicino and Ciampino airports. Its analysis of these sales outlets results concentrated on the best-selling products. In first place with an average of almost 120 articles per day was the “Bacio” chocolate bar by Perugina; and in second place our Limoncino Bottega with an average of almost 90 bottles a day.
ACINO D’ORO: “URBINO, UNESCO HERITAGE TOWN" STAMP
On 9 and 10 October, during the “Di Vino in Divo” event organised by the municipality of Urbino, Distilleria Bottega received the “Urbino, UNESCO Heritage Town” stamp for its Acino d’Oro Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG. It is reminded that this wine bears the names of Stefania Sandrelli and Giovanni Soldati.
SWITZERLAND: LINDT & PROSECCO
For a few years now Distilleria Bottega has been working alongside the Manor group, a prestigious Swiss department store chain which blends refined quality with impeccable service. Quite rightly earning its place among the new products for Christmas 2010 is a package designed by Manor with a combination of the famous Lindor chocolates and our Pronol Prosecco.
BOTTEGA GOLD ACCOMPANIES THE VENICE MUSIC AWARDS
Distilleria Bottega, with its exclusive spumante Bottega Gold, accompanied the Venice Music Awards, a great event held on July 20th at the Venice Lido, in the splendid venue of the Film Palace. The evening ended in the beautiful halls of the Excelsior Hotel, where the gala dinner of the event was held. In this context, Stefano Bottega delivered the Alexander Award to Mauro Pizzigati, president of the Venice Casino. This award has the shape of a blown glass bottle with a bunch of grapes inside, and contains 3 litres of Prosecco grappa. Bottega Gold was the star of the drinks and ritual toasts. During the evening, Renzo Arbore, Max Gazzè and Paola Turci were photographed, together with Stefano Bottega, holding the bottle which was the symbol of the event.
FEAST OF THE REDEEMER IN VENICE
On the evening of July 17th, 2010 Distilleria Bottega organized a boat party to celebrate the Redeemer, the most strongly felt feast in Venice. The evening began with a drink at sunset as the boat was sailing. Once the boat anchored, in the open water between Piazza San Marco and the island of San Giorgio, loud music made the party atmosphere even more felt. Dinner started as night began to fall, accompanying tasting of our wines and grappas. Then the deck of the boat turned into a unique stage from which all our guests could view the fireworks which were painting the Venetian night with a thousand colours. The day before, in the garden in front of the country house where the distillery has its offices, a dinner was served under the moon, which lasted well into the night with dancing and drinking.
WINE HARVEST FEAST: THE RITE OF GRAPE CRUSHING BY FOOT IN TRADITIONAL VATS HAS ENRICHED THE 2010 EDITION
On September 10th, 2010 Distilleria Bottega celebrated the harvest of Prosecco Doc Treviso in its own vineyards which surround the company offices. The grape bunches were picked by the actors of the Compagnia de Calza, strictly wearing historic 18th century Venetian costumes. Immediately after, following the peasant tradition, the grapes were pressed by foot by the “Antichi veneziani”, by some lovely girls wearing theme costumes and by children who were enthusiastic about the exciting atmosphere. A delegation of Japanese customers visiting Distilleria Bottega took an active part in the harvest and shared in the festive atmosphere, adding an international touch. September 10th, 2010 was also a historic date, since it was the first time that the Bottega family saw Prosecco sales exceed those of grappa.
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS AT TREVISO: THE BIGGEST BOTTLE OF GRAPPA IN THE WORLD
Distilleria Bottega has won the Guinness World Records for the biggest bottle of grappa in the world (height 186 cm; capacity 138 litres). It took 8 months to make the bottle including the feasibility studies and actual production. It employed 6 master glass-makers for a total of 200 hours of work. The diameter of the base measures 35 cm with a circumference of 110 cm. The event, called the Grantavolata, was held on Sunday 6 July and took place in the park of Sant’Artemio (the new headquarters of the Treviso provincial government). In this context, 34 chefs prepared a banquet for around 6,000 people, with a table measuring 1,534 metres long and a menu of typical Trevisan products. Appearing in Treviso on behalf of the Guinness World Records was Michael Sean Whitty, the judge sent from London, who certified both the size of the biggest bottle of grappa in the world, and of the longest tablecloth in the world (1,461 metres), made by Agotex owned by Davide Carraretto. It took about an hour to fill the bottle.
GERMANY, ISW AWARD 2010: GOLD MEDAL TO MAESTRI GRAPPA
With its Maestri Grappa, Distillera Bottega won the gold medal on occasion of the 2010 ISW international spirits competition, organised by the Mundusvini Internationale Weinakademie. The prestigious event, which 600 liquors and distillates from all over the world participated in, took place in Neustadt/Weinstrasse in Rhineland (Germany). The international jury comprises a team of expert oenologists who taste and assess the competing wines and distillates.
TEXAS: PETALO FOR MOTHER’S DAY
Petalo Il Vino dell’Amore has been distributed in Texas for some time now. In particular, the product is present on the shelves of the various sales outlets of the HEB group, the most important Texan chain specialised in the gourmet channel. In May, on occasion of Mother’s Day, HEB organised a successful promotion and special exhibition of our Moscato spumante in the whole state.
SEYCHELLES: BOTTEGA IN THE DOMESTIC MARKET
Distillera Bottega has been present in the Seychelles’ domestic market through the ISPC Fourcroy distributor since 2009. The range of products sold includes Petalo, Prosecco, Rosé, Limoncino, Pesca, Cabernet, Chardonnay, Fragolino and Sambuca. The distribution is concentrated in the various tourist resorts and in the small and elegant Fourcroy department store situated on the island of Mahé. In the duty free channel, the presence of our products in the international airport sales outlet is instead guaranteed by the Heinemann group.
BEIRUT: INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Distilleria Bottega, already present in the Lebanese domestic market, is also distributed in the duty free outlets in the international airport of the capital Beirut. The sales agreement with Pac Phoenicia – Aerianta Co., drawn up at the start of 2010, has led to the introduction of the following products to the shelves: Prosecco, Limoncino, Gianduia, Latte Macchiato, Petalo, Chianti, Amarone, Brunello and Alexander Prosecco grappa.
ROUND ITALY BY SAILING BOAT
“Città di Conegliano”, the boat belonging to the Conegliano sailing club, triumphed in the Ancona-Bisceglie stage of the Round Italy sailing boat challenge. The victory of the stage, which took place on 27 and 28 June, was celebrated with Il Vino dei Poeti Prosecco during the awards ceremony held on 30 June in Bisceglie, not far from Bari.
ARGENTINA: PROSECCO AND GRAPPA
Distilleria Bottega has built up its distribution of the Canevari Prosecco and Alexander Grappa in Argentina with particular success. The name behind this positive sales trend is our distributor Wine Supply of Buenos Aires, which has placed the products in the best hotels, restaurants and department stores of the capital.
PRESENTATION OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST BOTTLE OF GRAPPA BY THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS
On April 8, 2010, Distilleria Bottega presented, at their Vinitaly stand, the design of the world’s largest bottle of grappa, under the oversight of the Guinness Book of World Records. The TrevisoViva Merchant’s Association is organizing a huge table of 1.550 meters which will accommodate over 5.000 diners on June 6, 2010, in Treviso. This great festivity is highlighted by two world record attempts: the longest tablecloth (1.700 meters) and the largest bottle of grappa (120 liters). The tablecloth is being made by Agotex, while the technical group of Distilleria Bottega is working on the bottle. The special bottle will have the following dimensions: 2 mt height, 30 cm in diameter and 120 liters of capacity.
AL BANO CARRISI AND DISTILLERIA BOTTEGA HAVE PRESENTED THEIR "BACARO" WINE
Puglia and Veneto have joined forces at Vinitaly 2010 to present an exceptional wine that celebrates the history of the Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia. The chosen name "Bacaro" evokes the frequent commercial trading between the city of Dogi and Trani. This wine is a Primitivo di Manduria produced by Tenute Al Bano Carrisi in collaboration with Distilleria Bottega. On Friday, April 9, at our stand, the famous Italian singer, with the Bottega brothers, announced this commercial project, which comes from historical research and the desire to promote the enological excellence of our country. The term "bacaro" is used in Venetian dialect to indicate taverns.
VINITALY PACKAGING INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: GOLD LABEL FOR GRAPPA RISERVA PRIVATA
At the International Packaging Competition of Vinitaly 2010, Grappa Riserva Privata, a new product of Distilleria Bottega, was awarded the prize "Gold Label" in the category of distillates that come from grape, grape seeds, must and wine. The prestigious prize was granted unanimously by the jury, which appreciated the retro-style of the unique container, an enhancement to the tradition of the grappa. Particularly in the case of the Riserva Privata, the packaging has its strength in the square base bottle and in the newly conceived label. The case also reproduces the front of the bottle, made more appealing by a slight opaque effect. Stefano Bottega, creator of this product, wanted to develop a special grappa with a packaging of great character.
EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI: DONATION BY BOTTEGA
On January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, bringing death and destruction to the capital Port-au-Prince and its surrounding locations. Distilleria Bottega has joined with a donation of 3.000 dollars to the project “Hand in Hand for Haiti.” This initiative, promoted by the agents of Travel Retail and coordinated by DFS Estee Lauder Travel Retail and Martin Moodie of The Moodie Report, aims to rebuild a school in an area of the capital.
IL VINO DEI POETI GOLD IN THE VANCOUVER PARALYMPICS
Distilleria Bottega participated as a "technical sponsor" of the Paralympics, which took place in Vancouver and the surrounding Rocky Mountains from March 12 to March 21, 2010. They contributed by supplying bottles of sparkling wine, “Il Vino dei Poeti” (Prosecco and Gold) for the inauguration and representation dinners. The Italian Cultural Center was also operating in Vancouver, thus a wine bar with personalized Bottega logos was set up. In Whistler, at the Westin Resort & Spa, a Bottega banner and a bottle of “Gold” were displayed for the duration of the games.
EVENTS IN GUAM: THE DOOR OF MICRONESIA
The island of Guam, a territory administered by the U.S, is located in the Pacific East, a few hours’ flight from either the Philippines or Japan. The local airport has become an important international center with a steady in-flow of air traffic and tourists. Distilleria Bottega, already available in the domestic market for several years, thanks to a profitable cooperation with the importer PWS (Pacific Wine & Spirit), is further strengthening its presence on the island. In this regard, last March 18, 2010, Sandro Bottega conducted a tasting event organized by PWS in the prestigious halls of the Guam Hyatt Hotel.
In February 2010, inside of terminal C of the Dusseldorf airport, the Heinemann group reserved a big space for Distilleria Bottega, in which they could exhibit and promote their wines and liquors. The optimal sales performances have prompted administrators to grant a showcase exhibition free of charge for the entire month of March. During that time, the city of Westfalia has hosted the Prowein, a very important event for our business, in which we have participated with our stand.
PROSECCO: IL VINO DEI POETI IN PARIS
This is momentous news: Prosecco has arrived in Paris, the unequivocal homeland of Champagne. Our French importer has in fact informed us that two restaurants of the French capital have ordered 120 cases of Prosecco “Il Vino dei Poeti.” The prestige of our sparkling wine, which for nearly a year has carried the Doc (denomination of origin), is therefore confronted with its main competitor in Paris.
IL VINO DELL’AMORE CONQUERS LIMA
In Lima, our “Petalo Il Vino dell’Amore” seems to have found a wide range of admirers, thanks to the promotional activities of New Power International. They have aimed to give visibility to the product in trendy places and in situations that have immediate impact. Among the latest events to be remembered was an afternoon fashion show in one of the most popular clubs of the Peruvian capital.
BIF&ST: ALEXANDER PRIZE TO GIULIANO MONTALDO
For the first time, Distilleria Bottega was partner to the 2010 edition of BIF&ST, the Bari Cinema Festival, which is sponsored by the Puglia Region. To pay tribute to the cinema world, the company and Felice Laudadio (director and creator of the Festival), set up the Alexander Prize. It consisted of a gigantic 3-litre blown-glass bottle of a selection of Prosecco grappa, with a bunch of grapes produced inside. The awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 27th January 2010 at the Petruzzelli Theatre. Stefano Bottega presented director Giuliano Montaldo the Alexander Prize in recognition of his extensive knowledge of Italian wine and food culture.
MOSCOW: SAMPLER DINNER
On 22nd January 2010, Distilleria Bottega and its importer, Kazumian, organised a sampler-dinner in Moscow to promote its products in the Russian market. The event was held in the prestigious Cicco Club restaurant, in the most exclusive part of the city, and had the Kazumian staff and a number of Russian and Italian journalists among its guests. Sandro Bottega was the host of the evening, representing the company and offering tastings of Rosé, Prosecco, Amarone and Brunello.
BERMUDA: ALEXANDER BLOWN GLASS MARRIES RUM
For more than 200 years, Gosling’s Limited has been working as a leading producer of rum and liquors and local distributor of wines and spirits, on the Bermuda Islands. During 2009, for the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the archipelago, Gosling’s presented a limited edition of 400 special gift boxes which contained a selection of 4 different types of top quality rums, in-blown glass Alexander bottles that had been specially designed and made for the occasion.
LIVIGNO: LA SGAMBEDA
On 13th December 2009 the 20th edition of “La Sgambeda”, a traditional cross-country skiing marathon and first stretch of the FIS Marathon Cup, was held in Livigno. Distilleria Bottega sponsored the event. The race was won with an exciting rush to the finish line by Sergej Shiriaev, while the Ukrainian Valentina Shevchencko won the women’s category. The two overall male and female winners each received a 3 litre Alexander Grappolo, and the first “Over 50” male was awarded the “Memorial Enzo Savio”.
BAHRAIN: MANAMA AIRPORT
Distilleria Bottega has extended its presence further in the Persian Gulf. In fact, Aerianta International Middle East has included the following products in the Duty Free shops in Manama Airport: Il Vino dei Poeti Gold, Amarone Il Vino degli Dei, Il Vino dei Poeti Brunello di Montalcino, Acino d'Oro Chianti Classico DOCG, and Il Vino dell'Amore Moscato Petalo.
VANCOUVER: AN ALEXANDER BOTTLE FOR THE 2010 OLYMPICS
Distilleria Bottega made its contribution to the Vancouver Winter Olympics with an Alexander blown glass bottle containing a Maple Leaf, the symbol of Canada. This special bottle for the Olympics was listed by BCLDB, the monopoly of British Columbia, and was on sale in the main outlets in Vancouver. Air Canada also appreciated the initiative and included this unusual item in its “In-flight Sale” catalogue, because it immediately recalls the national identity of Canada.
GOLD: ROME AIRPORTS PROMOTION
In December 2009 and January 2010, Il Vino dei Poeti Gold was part of an extensive promotions campaign in the shops in Fiumicino Airport. The initiative led to some excellent sales, aided by the special product display on a counter that acted as the “Tasting Bar”. Travellers’ attention was captured by the bottle packaging enclosed in a gold mesh bag, and by the promoters’ dedicated work in illustrating the product’s special features.
COPENHAGEN: CLIMATE CONFERENCE
From 7 to 18 December 2009, Copenhagen hosted the “Climate Change Conference”, organised by the United Nations. The Danish capital was at the centre of a media event of global dimensions. In this context, of great visibility, the main Duty Free shop at Copenhagen’s Kastrup airport dedicated five different locations to the privileged display of our Amarone Il Vino degli Dei, in two of which a special promotional card announced “Christmas Wine of the Year”.
ALEXANDER MURANO: EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE ON ALITALIA
In October, the little blown glass hearts of the Alexander Murano line achieved excellent sales. The data transmitted from the airline company show that in the jewellery category our pendants were eighth position in value and fourth in number of items sold, out of a total of 24 different articles in the catalogue.
TAHITI: THE MAGIC OF THE SOUTHERN SEAS
Air Tahiti Nui operates in lovely Tahiti, connecting the islands of French Polynesia with the rest of the world. Following the blown black pearl and the set of olive oils, Distilleria Bottega has recently included Il Vino dei Poeti Gold in the Inflight Sales catalogue of this leading airline company.
ALEXANDER MURANO HEARTS ON VIRGIN ATLANTIC FLIGHTS
Virgin Atlantic has included Alexander Murano blown glass hearts in its Inflight Sales catalogue and 200 ml bottles of Cuore Alexander grappa. The two references were presented to the airline’s stewards and hostesses at the roadshow held in London on 1 October.
CYPRUS: AN EXPANDING MARKET
Distilleria Bottega is distributed in Cyprus by the Fortlink group, which opened a prestigious wine boutique in Limassol in April. Alexander and Bottega brand products are displayed in this sales outlet.
Finnair, the Finnish national airline, which relies on its own catering department, has recently listed our Limoncino and Latte Macchiato in the main shop in Helsinki airport.
QATAR: DUTY FREE IN DOHA
As from November Distilleria Bottega will feature in the Duty Free of the international airport of Doha with the following products: Limoncino cl 50, Il Vino dei Poeti Gold, Il Vino degli Dei Amarone, Il Vino dei Poeti Brunello, Chianti Acino D'Oro and Chianti Fonte al Cerro.
STEFANIA SANDRELLI VISITS OUR COMPANY AND CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF CHIANTI ACINO D'ORO
On 27 September 2008 Stefania Sandrelli and Giovanni Soldati paid a visit to Distilleria Bottega to get to know our company better and to boost a decade-long partnership. The occasion was the 15th birthday of Acino d'Oro, the Chianti Classico DOCG wine produced by Stefania Sandrelli and Distilleria Bottega. An important occurrence for a project, stemming from a friendship, to spend happy times in the splendid surroundings of the Tuscan hills.
TREVISO: ON THE PRESIDENT'S TABLE
Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano, visited the town of Treviso on 4 November 2008 on occasion of commemorations for the 90th anniversary of the end of the Great War. On the same day, while dining at the prefect of Treviso's home, the president and his staff tasted Vino dei Poeti Prosecco Gold and Petalo Moscato. To celebrate this moment we made two special blown glass bottles for the president, one with the Italian flag to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Italian Constitution and the other with a dove, symbol of peace and admonishment, to commemorate the end of the First World War.
LONDON: HALLOWEEN PARTY
Our Prosecco Vino dei Poeti Gold is starting to cut a figure in London too. Our English importers "Demonic Drinks Ltd" organised a novel "pre-Halloween party", held on 26 October 2008 at the famous "Botton Club - Temple of Darkness" in London. In addition to the actresses, models and TV stars present, 20-year-old Princess Beatrice (daughter of Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew) was also there. Served for the occasion was our Prosecco Gold.
VICENZA: GRAPPA AND JEWELS
Vicenza can boast a great tradition in gold and silver craftsmanship. Hence the Palladium town hosts two important fairs devoted to luxury and jewellery in March and September. On these special occasions, some jewellers in the historic town centre rounded off their window displays with two of our striking bottles: Alexander Platinum and Prosecco Gold.
THE GRINZANE CAVOUR AWARD
From 29 August to 7 September 2008 the Langhe region hosted the XIII Grinzane Festival, an on-the-road exhibition of literature and shows put on by the Grinzane Cavour Award. On 6 September, a grappa tasting area was set up in the hall of the splendid medieval castle in Santo Stefano Belbo (province of Asti). Our grappa enjoyed great success among the 300 guests.
ALEXANDER GRAPPA ON TUIFLY FLIGHTS
TUIfly is a low cost airline that is growing rapidly throughout Europe. At present it serves 80 destinations in 17 countries. Its headquarters are at Hannover airport. It is the third largest German airline after Lufthansa and Air Berlin. Recently the airline has begun to sell Alexander Grappa on board its flights, together with the most famous international liquors.
DISTILLERIA BOTTEGA IN KOSOVO
Kosovo became an independent republic in spring, creating another small political entity in the heart of the Balkans, the last piece making up the jigsaw of the former Yugoslavia. Distilleria Bottega already sells its Alexander grappas in the country, along with its Cantina dei Poeti wines and Cellini line. Behind this extension to our product distribution area is the Albanian importer Marketing & Distribution.
IWSC COMPETITION: SILVER TO AMARONE AND BRONZE TO ROSÈ
Distilleria Bottega won 2 medals at the 2008 International Wine and Spirit Competition. This competition, organised by Harpers Trade Journal Ltd. of London, only rewards quality and the members of the trade consider it to be one of the top competitions world-wide on account of its serious-mindedness and its awards' resonance. The prize-winners were Amarone Il Vino degli Dei, with a silver medal and Rosè Il Vino dei Poeti with a bronze medal.
IL VINO DEI POETI PROSECCO, APPEALED TO THE QUEEN OF DENMARK
We were thrilled to receive a letter from the Queen of Denmark through GL. KONGEVEJ VIN, our Danish distributor. The queen of this Scandinavian country expressed her approval of the special bottle of Il Vino dei Poeti Prosecco that she received months ago. We are particularly proud of this "royal" appreciation of our product's content and packaging.
ISCHIA: TIMOTHY GARTON ASH WINS THE ALEXANDER PRIZE
On 5th July, at Premio Ischia Internazionale di Giornalismo, Distilleria Bottega awarded the writer and journalist Timothy Garton Ash the traditional Alexander Prize consisting of a huge, blown-glass bottle. Timothy Garton Ash is the leader-writer of La Repubblica and The New York Review of Books. He also writes for The New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.
BRITISH AIRWAYS HAS INTRODUCED ALEXANDER SKY
On 1st September 2008 British Airways, the prestigious airways company that flies the Union Jack and connects the United Kingdom to the rest of the world, introduced our 20 l3 Alexander Sky bottle. This is good news and boosts our sales on leading world airlines.
CHINA: ROAD SHOW IN BEIJING AND SHANGAI AIRPORTS
Distilleria Bottega has teamed up with the top airways companies in the Chinese Peoples' Republic. In May, in partnership with Air China, we organised a road show day, i.e. the display and sampling of our products, at Beijing and Shanghai airports. The event, held in the airlines building on 19 May at Beijing International Airport and on 22 May at Hongqiao International Airport, involved pilots and stewards before their departure or immediately after their arrival.
RUMANIA: EXPANDING MARKET
Distilleria Bottega, which has been distributed in Rumania for some time, introduced some products into the 30 outlets of ANAPAN, a well-known, prestigious chain of delicatessens, which only chooses the very best.
NEW CELLAR OF DISTILLERIA BOTTEGA
The new cellar of Distilleria Bottega has been operating since May. For the moment, production is limited to Prosecco but its extension to other sparkling white wines is envisaged. As from the 2009 harvest, part of the Prosecco grapes required for production will originate from our own vineyards (about 10 hectares) surrounding the wine estate. The cellar has been equipped with the following costly instrumentation: 7 50 to 300 hectolitre stainless steel autoclaves, 1 latest generation tangential filter that enables very delicate wine filtration, a bottling plant in an isobar environment which guarantees 5000 bottles per hour at the maximum and a temperature-checking system inside autoclaves.
SAPORBIO: DISTILLERIA BOTTEGA BACKS ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
Distilleria Bottega joined in SaporBio, the second international Organic fair strongly desired by Marco Columbro. The fair, which was held in Versilia from 11 to 15 June, culminated in a gala dinner on 14 June at Una Hotel Versilia in Lido di Camaiore. On this occasion, Sandro Bottega awarded a special blown-glass bottle to the 7 famous event-winning chefs: Paolo Rossi, Bruno Barbieri, Igles Corelli, Pietro Leeman, Maurizio Marsili, Marco De Vincentis and Claudio Monconi. The original container's interior portrays the sun: organic agriculture's leading symbol.
COOKING WITH GRAPPA: THE PLEASURES OF FINE DINING
On 24 June, Distilleria Bottega and the Antica Posta restaurant in Milan (Corsico district) organised a dinner to sanctify grappa's espousing Italian cuisine. For the occasion, chefs from the up-and-coming Milanese restaurant reprocessed recipes to relish the palate. After dinner, Stefano Bottega led samplings of Grappa Alexander, Acquavite d'uva Uve d'Alexander and Grappa Vendemmia Tardiva.
PROVENCE: CHARMING SAMPLING
At the beginning of the summer season, guided sampling was held at Chateau de Berne's large wine estate near Draguignan in upper Provence (southern France). In this setting, Liquoristerie de Provence, our French importer, presented Italy's marriage to Provence, proposing Provencal delicacies and Alexander and Bottega products that were met with great enthusiasm.
SPOLETO: VINI NEL MONDO
From 30 May to 2nd June, "Vini nel Mondo" was held in Spoleto. The original fair, together with an exhibition of wines from hundreds of cellars, provided an opportunity for the public, the wine world and the performing arts to meet. On 31 May, Sandro Bottega, when invited up to the stage for a theme conference, offered some bottles for a charity auction in which Stefania Sandrelli and Lamberto Sposini also joined. Three bottles of Chianti Acino d'Oro Riserva were sold for 350 € each while Jeroboam Prosecco and Grappa Maestri went for 700 €.
USA: EXCELLENT SCORE FOR SAMBUCA BOTTEGA
The Spirit Journal, founded in 1991 by the journalist and critic F. Paul Pacult, is one of the most prestigious American journals for the spirits' market. Last June, this journal wrote up about Sambuca Bottega, which was rated number-one: Five Stars/Highest Recommendation. It was described as one of the best, if not the very best, Sambucas ever to have been reviewed by The Spirit Journal.
GERMANY: SILVER MEDAL TO GRAPPA CELLINI 10 ANNATE
Distilleria Bottega won a Silver medal at the 2008 ISW Mundusvini competition with Grappa Cellini 10 Annate. ISW Award is the top international wine competition held in Germany.
CIBUS: VIP VISITS TO THE BOTTEGA STAND
From May 5 to 8, we were in Parma, taking part in Cibus, the most important fair in the food sector. The absolute star, among the company products, was Elixir 0, the new non alcoholic bitter drink, which was greatly appreciated in combination with beer. During the event, Pippo Baudo, Gerry Scotti and Tito Stagno stopped over at our stand to taste grappa, wines and the latest novelties.
EUROPACINEMA: ALEXANDER AWARD TO VOLKER SCHLÖNDORFF
On April 18, Distilleria Bottega took part in the 25th edition of EuropaCinema, the prestigious film festival held in Viareggio and devoted this year to German cinema, assigning the Alexander award to the director Volker Schlöndorff. The ceremony, also attended by the director Margarethe Von Trotta, was held at Politeama Theatre in Viareggio.
OPEN CELLARS AT DISTILLERIA BOTTEGA
On Sunday, May 25, we took part in the 2008 edition of "Cantine Aperte" (Open cellars day), opening our new premises at Bibano di Godega S.U. (TV) to visitors. This event was a feast dedicated to wine and grappa which afforded enthusiasts and novices to get in contact with a world rich in fascination and charm.
HONG KONG: BOTTEGA EVENTS
After the Tax Free Asia Pacific fair, held in Singapore from May 12 to 15, Sandro Bottega stopped over in Hong Kong, where he organized a presentation of the company, inviting customers, opinion leaders and the press. Finally, a prestigious school for barmen called him in to deliver a lesson on how to use our products for cocktails and long drinks.
SINGAPORE AIRLINES: DINNER WITH PROSECCO CASA BOTTEGA
On May 6th, the Dfass group organized a dinner event for Singapore Airlines at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore. The executive senior operative managers of several airlines were invited to the evening. The convivial atmosphere was warmed by abundant draughts of our Prosecco di Casa Bottega.
ALEXANDER SKY ON EUROFLY FLIGHTS
Eurofly is an airline company which has strongly increased its activities, with charter flights between Milano Malpensa and some well known tourist locations, such as Cancun, Punta Cana, Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius and Sharm el Sheikh. Eurofly has recently added our Alexander Sky 20 cl bottle to its on board sales.
BOTTEGA PRIZE IN TAORMINA
On 16 February Distilleria Bottega has organized at the Hotel Villa Deodoro in Taormina an event dedicated to the grappa. In the Etnean area Sandro Bottega introduced the new Marsala grappa. After the gala dinner there has been an Alexander and Bottega mono-vine grappa sampling. Finally, time for the gala top moment, when Sandro Bottega assigned a special prize dedicated to those persons who excelled in the Sicilian oenological field. The prize consists in a precious blown glass bottle, carrying inside a three legged head, Trinacria emblem. This original Bottega Prize has been assigned to Giuseppe Castiglione, Sicilian member of the European Parliament in Brussels, to Gianni Giardina, president of Anag Sicilia, Franco Di Miceli, owner of the Cooperativa Patria di Linguaglossa wine firm, and to the journalists Fabrizio Carrera of Giornale di Sicilia and Stefano Gurrera of La Sicilia
VENICE, LA FENICE THEATRE: ALEXANDER PRIZE TO THE RUSSIAN EQUILIBRIST OLEG IZOSSIMOV
On the Saturday before Lent the Accademia degli Acquavitai (Italian for Grappa Producers Accademy) and Distilleria Bottega took part, for the second consecutive year, to Cavalchina Gala Ball, the Venetian Carnival top event that has been held at La Fenice theatre. The event great masters of ceremonies were the members of the Compagnia della Calza, strictly dressed up with traditional costumes. The night main exhibition has been carried out by the best circus artists of the world, following one another on the stage. At the end of the different performances the best Russian equilibrist Oleg Izossimov was voted and received the Carnival 2008 Alexander Prize in the foyer of the theatre. The original carnival style award is a special huge blown glass bottle having inside the "bauta", which is the Venetian mask par excellence, that was created to hide the face and allow men and women to go around incognito in Venetian narrow streets and small squares. The original bottle includes also three litres of Prosecco grappa.
THE SULTANATE OF OMAN OPENS ITS DOORS TO CELLINI BRAND
Oman, after Saudi Arabia, is the second country in the Arabic peninsula, due to its geographic extension. In Muscat, the capital city, there are big and luxury hotels that, together with the seaside resorts, make it a sophisticated travellers destination. Distilleria Bottega, being already present with Alexander brand addressed to some hotel chains, has started a cooperation with the Gulf Supply group. Since the end of 2007 this supplier distributes on an exclusive base Cellini brand all over the territory.
MANOR: GENEVE OPENING
Manor group is a Swiss prestigious department stores chain, combining sophisticated quality and impeccable service. Distilleria Bottega, from last June, started supplying to the whole group Alexander grappas, Creams & Liquors liqueurs and the Pronol line sparkling white wine. Geneva shop was opened last 29 November. The gala evening, to which Sandro Bottega took part, was visited by the city opinion leaders who had the chance to sample our products.
GRAPPOLO ALEXANDER PROTAGONIST IN AMERICAN GANGSTER MOVIE
During the movie a quite long shooting took the actor Denzel Washington during a conversation and next to him a 35cl bottle of Grappolo Alexander which is immediately recognized.
ISPY PRIZE AT DISTILLERIA BOTTEGA
ISPY (International Sale People of the Year) is an event dedicated to the airways companies world and particularly to flight assistants, who are the main protagonists of the sale activity on board. In this field our company has been awarded with the Highly Commended Supplier of the Year prize. During the gala dinner that took place on 31st January 2008, Peter Williams, Alpha group managing director, gave Sandro Bottega this award.
DISTILLERIA BOTTEGA: NEW ADDRESS
The municipality of Godega Sant'Urbano has passed the resolution that the road giving onto Distilleria Bottega be called Vicolo Aldo Bottega. The company's new address is thus: Vicolo Aldo Bottega 2 - 31010 Bibano di Godega S.U. (TV) - Italy
ALDO BOTTEGA: THE DISTILLERY'S FOUNDER
Aldo Bottega, founder of Distilleria Bottega, left a very precise mark on the world of distillation, giving it new freshness and innovation. Over the years, he was able to demolish some consolidated trends that made grappa a distillate designed and produced exclusively for the local area. Already at a young age he had started to develop a strong passion for this magical microcosm, which took him back to the alchemy of fairytales. He would often accompany his father Domenico, a wine trader in the whole of the Marca Trevigiana area, who, as part of his trade also visited the small distilleries in the district. In these steam-filled environments, the young Aldo was fascinated by the transformation process. Before his eyes, the solid marc became a transparent, crystal-clear liquid. Aldo Bottega, who founded the distillery in 1977, passed away in 1983.
CANNES: TFWA EXHIBITION
Like every year, we had a stand at the TFWA exhibition, the most important and prestigious fair in the Duty Free sector which took place from 22nd to 26th October at the Palais du Festival in Cannes. During the show, where we were able to meet the international clientele of this rapidly growing market, we presented Coco Bottega and the rosé Vino dei Poeti with the Breast Health Institute logo. Again on the Côte d'Azur, the Alexander and Bottega brands appeared among the main sponsors of the Heinemann Travel Value Golf Tournament which took place in Mandelieu on 21st October.
LUFTHANSA MILES AND MORE
Lufthansa, the prestigious German airline, has consolidated its partnership with Distilleria Bottega for its on-board sales service. In this connection, the Autumn-Winter 2007 edition of the Lufthansa Miles and More included the Alexander Top Five grappa selection.
IWSC COMPETITION: 3 MEDALS FOR BOTTEGA
On occasion of the 2007 International Wine and Spirit Competition, we were awarded another three important medals: silvers for Limoncino Bottega and Alexander Brunello Grappa and a bronze for Sambuca Bottega. We remind you that this competition, organised by the Harpers Trade Journal Ltd. of London, awards quality alone and is considered by those in the sector as one of the top in the world for seriousness and importance.
BAHREIN: NEW MARKET
Bahrein is a small archipelago in the Persian Gulf, situated in the bay formed by the Qatar peninsula. For a few years now, the small state, independent since 1971, has hosted the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Our products (Alexander, Bottega wines and Limoncino) are distributed on the duty free market by the Bahrein Duty Free group with HQ in the country's capital, Manama.
ACQUA QUARZIA IN HONG KONG
A lorry is roaming the streets of Hong Kong with the image of our Acqua Quarzia on the side. With its unmistakable design, this mineral water is not only reserved for the best hotels and department stores, it has also cut out a space for itself in home delivery services of the most sought-after Western gastronomic specialities. Our importer in Hong Kong has been Lorence & C. since 1999.
GREAT SUCCESS FOR VINCENZO BUONASSISI'S "VIGNETTE DI BUONGUSTO"
Great success, both with the public and critics, for the "Vignette di Buongusto" collection, an all-new show of comic strips from the personal collections of Vincenzo Buonassisi, the first great food & wine critic. On show for the first time at the Fiera Milano from 13th to 17th November 2007 on occasion of Simei and Enovitis, the exhibition obtained great success with the critics, and a remarkable number of visitors (51,760). Distilleria Bottega took part in the event with the rosé version of its Vino dei Poeti.
SINGAPORE: GRAPPA TASTING MASTER
On August 28, the first "Grappa Tasting Master" was organised in the Asian State-City in the rooms of the prestigious restaurant Garibaldi. A few journalists and several Food and Beverage managers of important hotels participated in the event, which saw the involvement of Sandro Bottega as tutor. The practical and theory lesson ended with the participants receiving the grappa tasting diploma.
AVIANCA: ALEXANDER SKY IN THE SKIES OVER LATIN AMERICA
Avianca is the Colombian national airline and guarantees domestic flights between the most important cities in the country. This airline has also intensified its flights to various destinations in the Caribbean area, Central America and South America. Distilleria Bottega has recently defined a commercial agreement with Avianca for sales on board of Alexander Sky.
WESTERN BALKANS: NEW DISTRIBUTOR
We have concluded a collaboration agreement with the Amec group. The new distributor, whose registered offices are in the Istrian city of Rijeka (Fiume), is the exclusive licensee of the brands Alexander and Cantina dei Poeti for the Slovenian, Croatian and Bosnia Herzegovina markets. The three countries coming from the division of the ex Yugoslavia, maintain a similar commercial logic, even though they are characterised by a profoundly different economic development.
MONTEZEMOLO DRINKS A TOAST TO FERRARI WITH OUR PRODUCTS
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo is predestined and has an enviable curriculum and an almost infinite series of offices. Chairman of Ferrari since 1991, in 2003 he was elected chairman of Confindustria (the confederation of Italian business entrepreneurs). We were delighted to receive a letter of thanks from him for having sent some samples of our products.
VENICE: DISTILLERIA BOTTEGA CELEBRATES THE FESTIVAL OF THE REDENTORE
On the evening of 14th July, Distilleria Bottega organised an on-deck party to celebrate the Festival of the Redentore, the best loved of Venice's festivals. The evening, which saw some of the most important international clients take part, started with an aperitif at sundown out on the water. After dark, the multi-course dinner began in the large, specially prepared cabin. At 11.30 all went on deck for the magical fireworks that coloured the Venetian night-sky in one thousand hues.
ISCHIA: ALEXANDER PRIZE TO DAVID GROSSMAN
On 7th July, on the occasion of the Ischia International Journalism Prize, Distilleria Bottega awarded the now traditional Alexander Prize, consisting of a huge blown glass bottle of grappa, to the famous Israeli writer David Grossman. The award ceremony for the unusual and classy object, with a reproduction of a quill inside, was held in the conference room of the Hotel Regina Isabella in Lacco Ameno after the press presentation conference.
BLUES IN VILLA: GUIDO TOFFOLETTI MEMORIAL
Distilleria Bottega supported the 4th Guido Toffoletti Memorial, dedicated to the Venetian singer who brought the blues to Italy in the 1970s. The event, organised by the Blues in Villa cultural association, was part of the "9th Blues in Villa". During the occasion, on 9th July 2007 Stefano Bottega presented Luciano "Lucky" Gherghetta and his band Mr Lucky & Sen-Sa-Shun Band, winners of the competition, with a prestigious blown glass bottle.
VIAREGGIO: SAPORBIO 2007
Distilleria Bottega participated in Sapor Bio, the first international organic food event, which took place in Viareggio from 21st to 24th June 2007. Produced specially for the event, organised by the Italian anchorman Marco Columbro, were some blown glass bottles containing a reproduction of the sun, the symbol of organic farming. On the evening of 22nd May 2007, in the halls of the prestigious Hotel Principe di Piemonte, five great chefs (Bruno Baschieri, Igles Corelli, Pietro Leemann, Raffaello Mazzolini and Paolo Rossi) prepared a strictly organic dinner and were then awarded by Distilleria Bottega with a bottle of Jeroboam Server Alexander.
IWSC COMPETITION: BRONZE MEDAL TO THE VINO DEI POETI PROSECCO
With its Vino dei Poeti Prosecco Brut, Distilleria Bottega won the prestigious Bronze Award on occasion of the 2007 International Wine and Spirit Competition. This competition, organised by Harpers Trade Journal Ltd. of London, exclusively awards quality and is considered by those in the business as one of the top in the world in terms of the calibre and renown of the prizes.
VIETNAM: A RAPIDLY EVOLVING MARKET
Distilleria Bottega products are distributed in Vietnam by Les Celliers d'Asie, a French-style importer particularly active in Indochina. At the moment, the company products on this market are: Il Vino dei Poeti Prosecco, Limoncino, Alexander grappas, and Alexander cognac. Among the most significant initiatives in recent months was the cocktail promotion at Nikko Hotel in Hanoi which saw Alexander grappas play a leading role as a mixer. Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (previously Saigon) instead held a free tasting session of Il Vino dei Poeti Prosecco and oysters.
AMERICAN AIRLINES SELECTS ALEXANDER SKY GRAPPA FOR ITS INFLIGHT DUTY FREE OFFERING
American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, is pleased to offer one of the beautifully distinctive bottles from the Alexander Grappa blown glass collection as part of its onboard duty free shopping experience. Distilleria Bottega is proud to be included in American’s inflight sales catalogue since the beginning of 2007 and is encouraged by strong sales as it continues to expand its onboard duty free business. The Alexander product selected by American Airlines is “Alexander Sky”, a special blown-glass bottle of great charm containing 200 ml of Prosecco grappa and featuring a small glass replica of an airplane within the bottle.
DISTILLERIA BOTTEGA: AN ALL-ROUND ECO-FRIENDLY COMPANY
Distilleria Bottega's new headquarters in Bibano di Godega (Treviso) has been designed following 100% ecological criteria. The 19th-century farmhouse has been painstakingly restructured to preserve the original architectural characteristics and to fit in with the backdrop of 30 hectares of vineyards that are part of the property. The company's desire to save energy and use renewable sources resulted in the choice to invest in highly sophisticated systems, meaning it can generate almost all its own energy. Add this to Distilleria Bottega's choice to adopt the principles of recycling and organic farming, and you get a totally eco-friendly company.
DISTILLERIA BOTTEGA AT VITIGNO ITALIA: HOMAGE TO GUALTIERO MARCHESI AND PRIZE TO THE BEST UP-AND-COMING CHEF IN SOUTHERN ITALY
Distilleria Bottega has taken part in Vitigno Italia for the second year in a row, with its own area, called Cooking & Wine, in the large and elegant Luigi Cremona lounge. A gastronomic exhibition was held in this special area involving personalities of the calibre of Heinz Beck, Enrico Derflingher, Alessandro Circiello and Ernesto Jaccarino. In addition, a competition was held between the best young chefs in Campania, Puglia and Sicily. On Tuesday 22nd May, the Sicilian Vincenzo Candiano (Locanda Don Serafino - Ragusa Ibla) won the cooking challenge to be proclaimed best up-and-coming chef in Southern Italy. As a prize from Distilleria Bottega he was awarded a giant-size blown glass bottle containing 3 litres of a special selection of Venetian grappa. This unusual award contained a spoon, a fork and a knife in it. The same day, chefs, restauranteurs and catering industry workers from the whole of Southern Italy paid homage to Gualtiero Marchesi in which Stefano Bottega gave the great master an artistic creation designed to contain grappa and celebrate the art of cooking.
DISTILLERIA BOTTEGA AT SLOW FOOD'S "GIOCO DEL PIACERE"
Distillera Bottega took part with its grappas in the third "Gioco del Piacere" event. The initiative, organised by the regional Slow Food associations, took place on 24th May in around 80 Italian osterie and restaurants (from Sicily to Veneto). The pleasant evening of good food attracted between 30 and 50 connoisseurs to each location. At the end of the dinner they served Alexander Cru, Alexander Platinum and Vendemmia Tardiva grappas. The three distillates, each with their own particular personality, were praised by the diners.
GOLD MEDAL AT THE CONCOURS MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES
Distilleria Bottega won a prestigious gold medal in Belgium, on occasion of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. The competition, without doubt one of the most important on an international level, brings together more than 220 vine and wine experts every year from all four corners of the world (representing 45 nationalities) to judge almost 5,800 wines and liquors from all five continents in optimal conditions. Distilleria Bottega won the sought-after prize with one of the products that are the pride and joy of its range: Alexander Brunello di Montalcino Grappa.
DECANTER PRIZE TO THE VINO DEI POETI PROSECCO
Every year the magazine Decanter, one of the most prestigious magazines in the sector on the Anglo-Saxon market, organises an oenological competition entered by wines from all around the world. In the 2007 event, Distilleria Bottega was awarded a commendation with its Vino dei Poeti Prosecco Brut.
"GRAN TOUR DELLA QUALITA' ALIMENTARE" PRIZE
With its Cellini Barrique Grappa, Distilleria Bottega obtained a prestigious prize in the "Gran Tour della Qualità Alimentare" event. The prize, awarded by ONAV (National Organisation of Wine Tasters), was presented in Milan on 25th May.
VINITALY 07: ALCOLTEST AT THE BOTTEGA STAND
For Vinitaly the Bottega distillery and SILB, the association that represents night clubs and discothèques, gave visitors to the Vinitaly fair the chance to see how much they'd had to drink in the last few hours. In fact, some alcoltests of the latest generation were available at the Bottega stand so you could see the percentage of alcohol present in your blood in real time. In order to promote the culture of moderation, the same alcoltests will be distributed as part of a promotional campaign to the company's customers in the following months. Furthermore, the Treviso company presented Elixir 0°, the very first alcohol-free bitter, that gives people who don't drink the chance to taste this delicious digestive.
VINITALY PACKAGING 2007 SPECIAL PRIZE
The Bottega distillery won the "Packaging 2007" Special Prize, awarded by Vinitaly, for the International Packaging Competition. The jury, chaired by the director Lina Wertmûller, awarded the prestigious prize to the company from Treviso for the excellent result of the products that had been entered in the competition, which swept the field of the competition.
GRAPPA VENDEMMIA TARDIVA WINS THE 2007 EDITION OF THE VINITALY GRAPPA TASTING AWARD
Grappa Vendemmia Tardiva won the Vinitaly Grappa Tasting Award 2007. The prize was awarded on the basis of the data gathered at "Grappa & C. Stratus Tasting" the tasting table where visitors tasted approximately 7,000 products at Vinitaly 2006. An index was drawn up for each product tasted by the visitors, based on two key factors: the character (the innovative capacity, the use of popular raw materials or characteristic packaging) and the sensorial evaluation of the public (competence in production).
CERVIA: THE PARTESA EVENT
On the 12th of March in Cervia the Partesa group organised an exhibition and tasting inviting major suppliers to participate, at the old "Salt Works".
AIRLINES NEW LISTING ON AIR TRANSAT AND TAM
The Bottega distillery is expanding its presence in the particular market of in-flight sales. The Alexander Sky 20 cl bottle will be on sale from the first of May on Air Transat flights, a new Canadian airline, and from the 1st of July on TAM (Transporte Aereo Mercosur) flights, a Brazilian airline operating in the south of the South-American continent.
TURKEY: NEW MARKET
The Bottega distillery has signed an agreement for collaboration with the Tradera group. This importer is based in Istanbul, the economic capital of Turkey, and recently made the first order for the Horeca channel. The following products were ordered: Grappa Cellini Bianca, Grappa Cellini Ora, Gianduia and Limoncino.
VENICE, LA FENICE THEATRE: ALEXANDER AWARDS AT THE CAVALCHINA CARNIVAL BALL
On Saturday 17th February, the Accademia degli Acquavitai liquor makers' academy and Distilleria Bottega took part in the Cavalchina great ball at the La Fenice theatre in Venice. At the event, the company from Treviso gave the dancing a further boost by offering some prestigious Alexander blown-glass bottles containing a selection of Prosecco grappas as prizes. The masters of ceremonies were the members of the Compagnia della Calza carnival association, all strictly dressed in traditional costumes interpreting the colourful range of personalities that populated Venice during the era of the Serenissima republic. In the role of Gastaldo (steward) of the Accademia degli Acquavitai, Sandro Bottega awarded the most sensual and elegant costume a special giant bottle with a reproduction of a Venetian mask inside.
BIBENDA: HIGH SCORE FOR PROSECCO VINO DEI POETI
In its 23rd issue on sale in February, the magazine Bibenda, the official organ of the Italian Sommeliers' Association (AIS), published a special feature on Prosecco. This Italian sparkling wine has also gained such international prestige that in some markets it has become a real alternative to champagne. As a result, the AIS experts held a guided tasting session of around fifty bottles from the main companies in the sector. At the event, Distilleria Bottega's Prosecco Vino dei Poeti obtained a high score (82/100), ranking our wine in the prized top category.
DIPLOMATIC SUPPLY SERVICE
For several years, Distilleria Bottega has had a consolidated business relationship with the Diplomatic Supply Service, a Spanish company specialised in diplomatic supplies. The following products from our company were included in the last edition of the special Duty Free Shopping Guide: Grappa Alexander, Alexander Spray, Grappolo, Limoncino and Vino dei Poeti Gold. The catalogue in question was distributed to all the embassies, consulates and international organisations with headquarters in Brussels, Lisbon, Madrid and Paris, as well as to all the Spanish embassies around the world.
MALAYSIA: KUALA LUMPUR AIRPORT
Distilleria Bottega has been present in Malaysia on both the domestic and duty free markets for several years. In the latter sector, the consolidated relationship with the Ereman group has resulted in various business initiatives. The most recent is the creation of a prestigious Alexander display in the new KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) sales outlet, equipped with a video system to broadcast our company videos. The exclusive shop is reserved solely to liquors and cigars costing over 60 US$.