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The San Pellegrino Young Chefs Academy Gala Dinner

Jan 23, 2023

Vinotria Italian Wine Importers & Distributors join efforts to support young chefs at the San Pellegrino Young Chefs Academy Competition and Gala Dinner 

On the 23rd and 24th of January, 2023, the city of Cape Town will play host to the San Pellegrino Young Chefs Competition Conference and Gala Dinner. The event focused on uplifting and celebrating young talent from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia is considered one of the most prestigious events in the regional culinary calendar.

Vinotria, one of the leading Importers and Distributors of Italian wines in South Africa, supported the vision behind this illustrious event that will bring together Cape Town’s culinary champions against the mesmerizing backdrop of Table Mountain at the Mount Nelson, a Belmond Hotel.

Roberto Bottega, co-founder of Vinotria alongside his partner, Pedro Estrada Belli, noted: “We are honoured to be a part of this event that supports young and passionate individuals that have dedicated their lives to culinary creativity and excellence in their field. We are also excited to be given the unique opportunity to share our passion for wines of Italian provenance, supporting the San Pellegrino team in this exceptional initiative.”

Vinotria ( was established in 2011 and has become a leader in the expert selection and careful curation of Italian wines, bringing in over 250 wines from 50 producers, covering the geographic areas of production from the Northern part of Italy with wines from Zenato through to the south of Italy, incorporating the warm and volcanic soils of Sicily, with producers like Donnafugata.

Pedro Estrada-Belli shared his selection for the gala celebration, “We have chosen two very special wines: a classy prosecco from the Veneto region, the Bellenda Prima Cuvee Prosecco DOC Treviso and the golden elixir of the Colosi “Passito” IGP  Terre Siciliane for pairing with dessert for the event.”

Tasting Notes

Bellenda Prima Cuvée Xtra Dry Prosecco Doc Treviso
A delicate, aromatic sparkling wine, made from Glera grapes cultivated on the hillsides of Treviso. In the glass, it is lustrous and brilliant, with a fine-grained perlage and generous mousse. Full and rich impressions of white peach and Golden Delicious apple, floral notes of wisteria blossom. It makes a wonderful aperitif thanks to its stylish, typical bouquet, a good all-rounder for many food preparations such as vegetable risotto, fried or raw fish.

Colosi Passito
The Colosi “Passito” (IGP Terre Siciliane) has a golden yellow colour with amber golden highlights, the nose offers a fruity bouquet with notes of apricot, dry figs, citrus , dates and honey. The taste is harmonious, sweet and delicate, fresh and gently alcoholic. A dessert wine based on Moscato Bianco grapes that goes perfectly with Sicilian pastries like cannoli and cassata, creamy desserts and ice-creams, blue cheese and fermented cheeses in general.




The annual ITALIAN FESTIVAL at IDIOM returns on the weekend of Sat 4th & Sun 5th March 2023, bringing together the best of the Italian lifestyle in the Cape. Join us again for an enogastronomic journey through Italy, discover new flavours and grape varieties in our Italian wine-tasting area, and taste the latest additions to our Vinotria imported Italian wine portfolio.

Sign up for one of our informative wine masterclasses.
Bring your shopping bag to fill up on specialist Italian deli products, and browse the Italian themed stalls.

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