Ian D’Agata, Creative Director of the Collisioni Wine & Food Project, Scientific Director of the Indigena Festival, and Director of the Italian International Indigenous Center for Wine & Food Studies (3iC) is a multiaward-winning wine writer and author of internationally renowned books, he is considered one of the leading experts in Italian wine, as well as wines from Alsace, Bordeaux and Canada.
Ian D’Agata has been writing and talking about wine for over 25 years. Author of very successful publications such as “The Ecco Guide to the Best Wines of Italy” (Harper Collins/Ecco’s), his “Native Wine Grapes of Italy” (University of California Press) won the prestigious 2015 Louis Roederer International Wine Awards Book of the Year, never won before by any Italian. A book that was also featured in the Top 10 Wine Books of the Year by the NY Times, the Financial Times and the LA Times. Ian is also an Italian correspondent of the Chinese magazine TasteSpirit, one of the most widely read wine and lifestyle magazines in the East.
In a recent past he was also Contributing Editor of Decanter and co-author for ten editions of the “Guide to the Best Italian Wines D’Agata & Comparini” for which in 2009 he received the International Association of Culinary Professionals Gourmand Award.
In 2018, Ian D’Agata was nominated a new member (as “Accademico Ordinario”) of the Accademia della Vite e del Vino. In addition to being awarded for a second time in 2012 as the best wine journalist in Italy, by the Grandi Cru d’Italia Committee; confirming its international reputation, in 2016 Ian was nominated in France as one of the eight most important wine writers in the world by Les Plumes d’Or, the prize awarded in Paris in France, and promoted by the most famous wine producers of France and the “Chefs des Grandes Tables du Monde” association (170 restaurants from 24 countries). Canada has recognized several awards for Ian’s work in promoting and disseminating quality wine, and in 2017 he awarded the Cuvée Award of Excellence and in 2018 the VQA Promoter Award – Out of Ontario category.
In 2018, Ian was honored by being named one of the first three founding members of the Association Internationale des Terroirs (AIT) at the Terroir Renaissance International Wine Symposium in Shangai, China, inducted by none other than Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.
In addition, Ian D’Agata has taught history of Italian food and wine culture at the master in “Food Sciences” of New York University, and wine marketing in several Italian universities. Finally, he is a lecturer who is invited around the world to talk not only about native vines, but also about the relationship between wine and health.
Ian is actively involved in the recovery and rescue of ancient, practically extinct native vines with the aim of making them vinified again.