Collisioni – wine, food and rock – 19th and 20th of July in Barolo, Italy

Wine, cheese and hazelnuts from Piedmont will bring Neil Young and Deep Purple to the Barolo Literature and music festival at the first Italian Agri-Rock Festival, supported by the Piedmont farming world and many other participants.

Collisioni is the first Agri-Rock Festival born in Italy. The idea of Collisioni festival consists in bringing the great music and literature stars into the middle of the agricultural village of Barolo, the Mecca of the Italian wine. Barolo will this way become an enormous stage where tens of thousands people live together for a weekend among international concerts where they can meet writers and journalists from all over the world, take walks through the village streets together with wine, cheese and hazelnut producers and other Piedmont an Italian well-known producers who are supporting the festival.

Guests of the festival have been through the years between others Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Jamiroquai. In 2014 instead Neil Young and Deep Purple will attend the festival in their only Italian dates together with Elisa, Suzanne Vega, Caparezza and tens of musicians , writers, journalists from all over the world whose participation witnesses the deep cultural prominence of the event.

Collisioni is supported by the great Piedmont farmers’ Union without whose contribution it couldn’t exist. It’s an ideal place where shows, culture and agriculture meet and give birth to tourism. We usually link the great rock concerts to beer and wrapped rolls. in Barolo instead rock music will be enjoyed in the company of the great wine growers and cheese and hazelnut producers who are the pride of the “Made in Italy”.

The atmosphere is really unique , almost indescribable for those who have never taken part in the event. You can meet the greatest literature representatives such as James Ellroy, the Nobel Prize awarded Herta Muller, Jonathan Coe, Carlo Lucarelli, the filmaker Ferzan Ozpetek, musicians Francesco Guccini, Suzanne Vega, Piero Pelù, Francesco de Gregori, Mario Biondi and others with the possibility of tasting wine and many other italian food & wine specialities.



A rich program devoted to the culture of wine and food will be available in the frame of the festival. This year’s edition of Collisioni will be named “Harvest”, a clear homage to the best known album of the lonely rock rider Neil Young but also to Barolo, whose welfare and cultural identity is founded on grapes harvesting. It’s the harvest of agricultural produce and of good ideas, great novels and songs that differently from weeds, must be sown and cultivated with care.

Among its many stars the Festival will pay homage to the king of wines, the real host, and to the many wines that will be the protagonist of the meetings at Barolo Regional vintage wines stock and the tastings at the Tempio dell’Enoturista .

Wine will be one of the protagonists of this edition of Collisioni together with Piedmont cheeses, Cravanzana hazelnuts, famous Piedmont meats, signature pizzas and rolls and other street food created by the young talented chefs.

The Union “Made in Piedmont” that gathers more than 80 producers from all over Piedmont will represent Piedmont wines at the festival and will invite the audience to the wine-bars scattered through the town where people can have guided tours with experts, so meeting the King of Wines in the best way.

The great white wines from Friuli will be the festival’s official guests in a stand in the literature square , thanks to the support of Ersa, The Friuli Agricultural Institute and the twinning of Barolo and Great Friuli white wines , an initiative able to create common strategies, between the two regions for the import-export movements and cultural promotion abroad. The great sparkling wines ( Metodo Classico) from Oltrepò Pavese will be Collisioni’s Official Sparkles, thanks to the participation of Lombardia Region and its producers in the event.

The wine project in the Barolo Regional Vintage Wines stock will be renewed this year with the support of more than 60 producers from Piedmont, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Lombardia. There will be places where the audience at the concerts will be able to know the food and wine culture of the territory that hosts the festival, thanks to free tasting of wine, Piedmont D.O.P. Cheese, Hazelnuts, Alba summer truffle, San Daniele Ham , signature pizza and other excellent products.


The wine writers of International Wine Cellar, Stephen Tanzer, and Decanter, Ian d’Agata, the scientific advisor of Vinitaly and director of New Academy, has supervised this year’s series of meetings dedicated to wine project for the festival, a rich parterre of International critics and experts from all over the world engaged in meetings open to the public to learn how to know and discuss the great Piedmont and Italian wines Barbera, Barolo, Barbaresco, Dolcetto, Nascetta, Arneis, the other great Friuli white wines and sparkling wines from Oltrepò Pavese, under the supervision of numerous experts.

These are some of the great names at Collisioni 2014, the English doyen of wine , the Decanter Editor Steven Spurrier, Barnard Burtschy (Le Figaro, France), The Newyorker Master of Wine Cherles Curtis, Cathy Huyghe (Forbes Magazine).

A special importance will be given to the emergent countries such as China, Japan, Korea, Lithuania represented by Toshio Matsuura (Wands, Japan), Young Shi (Taste & Spirit, China), Gao Xiang ( Taste & Spirit, China), Arunas Starkus (Lithuanian Wine).

The guest chefs Davide Oldani, Enrico Crippa, Cristina Bowerman, Christian Milone, Eugenio Boer and Giuseppe Iannotti will be the protagonists of meetings in which people will be able to discover the new scenarios of International cuisine together with the food editor of Decanter Brian St.Pierre and numerous Italian journalists.

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