Ticino vintner wins best winemaker prize

Ticino's Claudio Tamborini was named Swiss winemaker of the year at the annual Swiss Wine Award ceremony held in Bern on Tuesday night.

Ticino vintner wins best winemaker prize
Swiss Wine Award winner Claudio Tamborini.

Tamborini, who heads a family-owned vineyard in Lamone, was honoured for the overall quality of his wines, particularly a merlot that was named best in class for this varietal.

Winning the prize for the first time, he succeeds Diego Mathier, from Valais, last year’s laureate.
Founded in 1944, the Tamborini vineyard is located on an estate where wines, grappa, olive oil and honey are produced.

Around 23 hectares are devoted to grape growing.

Tamborini’s SanZemo Costamagna 2009 was judged the best merlot in the country.

Valais wine-makers Fabienne and Michel Constantin-Comby won the Vinissimo prize, awarded annually for the wine with the best overall score, for a 2011 Johannisberg.

Bertrand Favre, from Geneva’s Domaine de Miolan, won a prize for the best organic wine for his 2011 Gamaret.

Organized by the Vinea association, based in Sierre (Valais), and Vinum, the Zurich-based wine magazine, the awards involved a competition among 600 producers offering 6,000 different vintages.

The top three wines in 12 categories were awarded prizes at the ceremony, while others of distinction were awarded gold medals.

A panel of judges tasted the wines in sessions spread over six days in June.

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Ticino officials ask government to reintroduce checks at Swiss-Italian border

With a number of cases of mutated coronavirus detected in a retirement home and middle school, the canton wants Swiss federal authorities to better monitor cross-border traffic.

Ticino officials ask government to reintroduce checks at Swiss-Italian border
Ticino wants better checks at the Italian border. Photo by AFP

About 70,000 workers from Italy commute each day to their jobs in Ticino, but “the significant cross-border flow appears only partially linked to professional reasons”, cantonal officials said in a statement released this week

Worried that people entering the canton from Italy will spread the new Covid variant, Ticino officials asked the Federal Council “to introduce systematic controls at the border and to close minor crossings, except for the crossings most used by health sector workers”.

The recent decree of Italy’s government limits travel between Italian regions but not towards neighbouring states.

Switzerland’s border with Italy has been open since June 15th, 2020, after being closed for three months during the first wave of the pandemic. At that time, only cross-border workers were allowed to come to Ticino.

READ MORE: UPDATE: Cross-border train service between Switzerland and Italy to continue running 

Since the re-opening, border checks have been random and sporadic.

Ticino authorities added that “it would also be desirable to systematically subject travellers returning to Switzerland from travel abroad, in particular from risk areas, to rapid coronavirus tests”.

The Federal Council has not yet responded to Ticino’s request. 

Entry into Switzerland from France, Germany and Austria is also allowed, except for the quarantine requirement that may be in place at the time of arrival.

From January 15th, travellers from Germany’s Land Sachsen and Italy’s Region Veneto must quarantine for 10 days upon entering in Switzerland. 

READ MORE: EXPLAINED: What are Switzerland's quarantine rules?