In the opening week of Expo 2015, the Sicilian producer does the honors in the pavilion dedicated to the countries of the Mediterranean and led by Regione Siciliana
José Rallo of Donnafugata is the first Patroness of the Bio-Mediterraneum Cluster, the thematic pavilion that sees the presence of Sicily, official partner of the Universal Exposition, and 10 countries: Albania, Algeria, Egypt, Greece, Lebanon, Malta, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia, Tunisia.
The Patroness – along with the commissioners of the countries belonging to the Cluster – has inaugurated the pavilion and will welcome the official delegations that will be arriving from all over the world. A role, of the women of wine, that Regione Siciliana wished to see alternating, rotating, between the island’s women producers, the first of them is José Rallo.
The project of the pavilion, inspired by the image of the Mediterranean city, is built around a large semi-covered piazza and hosts four structures dedicated to the distribution of enogastronomic products of the territories. The Cluster recounts the Mediterranean culture characterized by the values of “Beauty, Health and Harmony” and evokes an atmosphere of colors, tastes and aromas blended in a unique cultural experience.
For the countries of the Mediterranean basin – the crossroads of three continents, Europe, Africa and Asia – agricultural practices and food are among the founding elements of their cultural identity, and therefore will be protagonists of the Cluster program; the cultivation of grain, the olive and the vine can still be considered the symbol of man’s activity, and the Mediterranean diet an extraordinary and exemplary synthesis to ensure health, preserve the beauty of the landscape and the harmony of living together.
The program for the first week in the Bio-Mediterranean Cluster will be dedicated entirely to the territories of the minor Sicilian islands. Donnafugata will celebrate the heroic viticulture of Pantelleria with a Speakeasy – Mediterranean cultural aperitif centered on the themes of “agricultural creativity, biodiversity and landscape”. Costanza Pratesi, Head of Environmental Sustainability FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano (Italian Fund for the Environment) and Salvatore Gino Gabriele, Mayor of Pantelleria will be participating in the meeting, to be held Wednesday 6 May from 19.00 to 20.30 at the central platform in the Cluster.
Baldo M. Palermo [email protected] tel. 0039 0923 7242267
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