Barrio de la Estación tasting is awarded Best of as innovative experience

The annual awards honor the best tourism initiatives for quality and excellence

12 of November of 2015

Haro, 13 november.- The Bilbao-Rioja Regional Assembly of Great Wine Capitals initiative has awarded Barrio de la Estación Tasting with one of the awards as Best of innovative wine tourism experience. The international competition annually awards the wineries of each member city that have distinguished themselves in terms of excellence in various categories, from art and culture to sustainability in wine tourism and experiential innovation, and always sharing quality experiences with wine tourists.

The seven wineries in the neighborhood of the station were joined for the first time to organize a big event the last 18 and 19 September in Haro. A preview tasting of new vintages for the professional public, and wine tastings and tapas to final consumers were the focus of an event that transported the audience to the time of the founding of the quarter, half of S. XIX.

The event was created with the objective of consolidating itself as an essential annual event for wine lovers and is looking to relaunch the neighborhood as tourism destination globally exceptional, up to other wine regions such as Bordeaux (France), Tuscany (Italy) and Napa Valley (USA).

The first day (professional) began with an historic tasting Rioja introduced by anthropologist Luis Vicente Elías and directed by Master of Wine Tim Atkin; 14 wines in her twentieth and twenty-first century were tasted. After which the hundred journalists and more than 400 wine industry professionals (sommeliers, distributors, owners of wine bars, restaurants and bars, etc.) were able to visit the wineries of the Barrio to meet its winemakers and oenologists, new vintages to be launched soon.

On Saturday 19 (final consumer) was raised more playful way: tasting of seven warehouses (up to 21 different wines) and tapas made with Rioja quality products, street entertainment, live music, exhibitions photographs, sculpture, etc., dressage demonstrations or cask racking and visit several ancient drafts.

Great Wine Capitals Global Network 

The Great Wine Capitals is a global network of eight cities located in both hemispheres, sharing economic and cultural values: to be internationally recognized wine regions.

It is the only network that includes so-called "old" and "new" world of wine, and aims to promote tourism, culture and trade between the internationally recognized cities and regions of Bilbao-Rioja, Bordeaux, Cape Town -Cape Winelads, Mainz-Rheinhessen, Mendoza, Oporto, San Francisco-Napa Valley and Valparaiso and Casablanca Valley.




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