Around the middle of the 10th millennium B.C., ancient populations of farmers started filling up big wooden barrels with grapes growing spontaneously in the surrounding fields for conservation purposes. It is believed that thanks to the ensuing fermentation process of the grapes left in the containers our forefathers arrived at the accidental discovery of what we call nowadays wine.History has dedicated great attention to the evolution of this nectar, celebrating its culture with myths and fantastic stories as well as art, music and literature works. Times have changed but the most beloved drink in peoples glasses has remained the same a goblet of wine tells of thousand years of history.To better understand the world revolving around the sweet culture of wine, the event 2011 open Wineries will be celebrated on 28-29 May 2011. This is the most important wine event in Italy, held on the last weekend of May for the past 19 years.The event is organized with the patronage of the Agriculture, Food and Forestry Minister and will open the doors of more than 800 wineries in Italy (all members of the Wine Tourism Movement) to the general public. With its renowned wineries Veneto will join 2011 Open Wineries with the wineries from several areas, in particular the Prosecco and Merlot Treviso area and the Soave and Valpolicella Verona ones.The past editions have seen the afflux of many visitors and have entertained young couples, groups and individual travellers alike, who have all enjoyed the many artistic initiatives arranged in concomitance with this event. open wineries will give wine aficionados the opportunity to enjoy a rare and treasured weekend, spent whilst tasting the sophisticated flavours of the best wine products in Italy a real national heritage that must be promoted and celebrated.