A Friuli cooperative has launched a poetry competition focusing on wine.

Aspiring poets with a passion for wine are encouraged to submit original verse on wine, peace and multiculturalism, to the Filari in Versi, a contest sponsored by the Cantina Produttori Cormòns and now in its third edition.

‘A wine and its label can be a powerful means of communication as well as a piece of art,’ said Luigi Soini, cellarmaster of the cooperative.

‘We want to send a message of peaceful coexistence of different cultures, from the land where Latin, German and Slavic heritages converge.’

The poems can be in any language as long as they are accompanied by an Italian translation. The winning entry will appear on the back label of the cooperative’s Vino della Pace (wine of peace), a limited production wine made from grapes grown in a two hectare vineyard of vines imported from all over the world.

The front label of the Vino della Pace wine will feature a picture on a similar theme, created by an artist of such international stature as Yoko Ono, who designed the label for the 1998 vintage.

The deadline for the competition is the end of June, and the winner will be announced in December during the celebration of the cooperative’s 40th anniversary.

Written by Elena Di Luigi