PORTO CERVO, — the hotels managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Costa Smeralda present the inaugural Porto Cervo Wine Festival, being held April 24 through April 26 in one of the most stunning locations in Sardinia. Festival activities will take place at the five-star Sheraton Cervo Hotel, located in the heart of Porto Cervo.
Ushering in the beginning of the 2009 Costa Smeralda season, the Porto Cervo Wine Festival will host the best Italian and international wine producers where top wineries will be selected by leading national and international wine critics. The festival showcases the natural beauty of this unique destination, from the emerald sea and pristine beaches, to the international glamour that distinguishes Costa Smeralda. The jet set elite will be in attendance as well wine lovers, mingling with the most well known experts of the field and wine label representatives. Festival workshops lead by influential Italian journalists and wine experts will take place at the Cervo Hotel Tennis Club from 10 am to 1 pm, followed by wine tasting in the Conference Center in the heart of Porto Cervo, from 3 pm to 8 pm. Guest speakers will discuss pertinent issues with leading industry figures with a focus on the development of the region through local wine and food production.
In addition, profits from entrance fees for the public wine tastings will benefit Wine For Life (www.wineforlife.com), a project founded by the Sant’Egidio community for the DREAM program, a campaign to fight AIDS in Africa. Renowned chefs will also be on hand to demonstrate recipes prepared with the use of the finest Italian wines. Gilberto Arru, a well-known journalist that writes for the food and wine guide Gambero Rosso, will present his latest book dedicated to traditional Sardinian pasta dishes.
Additionally, the five-star Cervo Hotel is offering an exclusive Porto Cervo Wine Festival Package valid from April 24 to the 26. Package starts at € 1,197 for a double room (€ 948 for single) and includes: Three nights accommodation Breakfast and dinner in the hotel’s restaurant Welcome gift Entrance to the Porto Cervo Wine Festival with additional wine degustation in the lounge Access to the workshops and to extra events of the Wine Festival Complimentary entrance to the fitness area of the Cervo Tennis Club 10% discount on all Scanu Living’s Health & Beauty treatments.