In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Italy’s restaurants rise up against social distancing
As many as 75,000 restaurants, bars and clubs in Italy have united in protest at post lockdown social distancing measures that could cause the closure of half the businesses in the country’s hospitality sector.
Italy named the world’s best wine country
Italy has been ranked as the best country in the world for wine lovers, beating France and Spain in a survey conducted by Lastminute.com.
Wine trade cyclists raise £35,000 for charity
A group of cyclists have raised as much as £35,000 for drinks trade charity The Benevolent following a four-day, 350km ride across Tuscany earlier this month.
Italy’s Prosecco hills added to UNESCO World Heritage List
Home to world-famous fizz Prosecco, Italy’s hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Where Winemakers Dine: Allegra Antinori
Allegra Antinori, co-owner and vice president of Marchesi Antinori in Italy, reveals her favourite place for red Burgundy by the glass and why she believes “the British are some of the most sophisticated people when it comes to wine”.
Tuscan producer pledges £1,500 to secure Italy’s first Master of Wine
A wine producer in Tuscany is sponsoring a second year MW student in an effort to give Italy its first Master of Wine.
Ornellaia celebrates ‘tension’ in 2016 vintage
Super Tuscan Ornellaia has commissioned Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat to “interpret” its 2016 vintage as part of the ‘Vendemmia d’Artista’ series.
Watch: 30,000 litres of Prosecco lost as fermentation tank bursts
A winery in Conegliano, Veneto has lost around 30,000 litres of Prosecco after an employee filmed one of the pressurised fermentation tanks exploding and spilling over last week.