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"Winespeak Weekend" - a hands-on workshop on wine words and terminology


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and those who have lost so much.



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 A % of the sales of the Winespeak Weekend will be donated to the Italian Red Cross pro L'Aquila fund



Our decision not to cancel was dictated by the belief that only by continuing to work and promote Abruzzo can we show our respect for the victims and contribute materially to the recovery of the region.    








Pictures of the event are now online - Click here to visit the gallery

(thank you to Nicola Nobili, Hristina Dojčinova and Darlene Kroon for the photos!)



See the weekend on video! Click here to watch the video




"Winespeak Weekend"



Friday 15 - Saturday 16 - Sunday 17

May 2009


Caldari, Ortona (CH), Abruzzo



A weekend dedicated to the vineyard, the wine, its words ... and wine tasting!








 Welcome to the Italian Winespeak Weekend!



Are you an IT-EN-IT translator specializing in wine texts or wishing to improve your knowledge and skills? Or are you just a wine-lover who wants to learn more, spend quality time with colleagues that share the same passion, and find out what really happens down on the winery? Then this weekend is for you!



Here's our initial programme (subject to adjustment):


Friday: (8.30pm) Park Hotel Primavera hosts the welcome dinner, serving a traditional Abruzzo menu with local wines. Our wine is offered by Tirabuccia, whose winemaker Andrea Veri, will illlustrate the wines he's chosen to pair with the seafood menu. A chance to meet one of Abruzzo's young wine entrepreneurs! A vegetarian menu is also available.




A morning stroll through the vineyards with Mr Aquilano, our agronomist

Back to work and our oenologist Mr Seghetti will start revealing the secrets of winemaking

Buffet lunch, with the winery's own products

Visit to the wine cellar and bottling plant



Coffee break with delicious Abruzzo delicacies to keep you going

Our evening closes with traditional Abruzzo fare, in a countryside location, La Berlocca, with wines offered by Franco D'Eusanio from his Franco will join us for dinner to talk about his unique wine-making approach.


Sunday morning:


Giles Watson, our keynote speaker and wine translation specialist will present the intricacies of winespeak, with specific reference to English and Italian.

Coffee included. Optional lunch.

Optional Sunday activity for those not involved in the English terminology workshop: a trip to Guardiagrele and the Sunday market. 


Event languages: Italian (targeting English terminology), but you can sign up just for the wine seminar on Saturday if you have different target languages.


The venue is the Dora Sarchese winery in Caldari (near Ortona), in the beautiful Abruzzo countryside.

Our hostess for the weekend is Signora Dora Sarchese, who welcomes us to her home and a winery that has been in the family for generations  ( ). 


 Travel info:

Nearest airport Pescara; nearest mainline rail connection Pescara; Bologna-Bari A14 motorway Ortona exit; nearest Rome coach drop-off Ortona/Pescara/Chieti Scalo/Lanciano

For travel concerns, we'll do our best to arrange car pooling and pick-ups.  Ortona isn't as remote as it looks - it's less than 2.5 hours from Rome!

Accommodation: Park Hotel Primavera, Contrada Santa Liberata, Ortona. Tel +39.0859066174.

Single rooms 60€; Double rooms 80€; Triple rooms 100€ - breakfast included.

The hotel is a new venture and doesn't have a website yet, but is a tried and trusted location. Views of Mount Majella and the sea from the guestrooms.

When booking, ask for the special rate for the wine weekend and give Angela Arnone's name. Anyone booking from abroad can email Angela if they prefer.






Event prices exc. accommodation:

Early bird 225 EUR

Regular 250 EUR

Last minute 275 EUR

Saturday only 190 EUR

Sunday morning session (limited numbers) 70 EUR







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