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Gómez Cruzado joins Barrio de la Estación tasting that offers a magical tour of Rioja's golden mile

For the first time in history, all seven wineries comprising Haro's Barrio de la Estación join forces to organize a grand event on September 18th and 19th.

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For the first time in history, all seven wineries comprising Haro's Barrio de la Estación join forces to organize a grand event on September 18th and 19th. A premiere tasting of new vintages for wine sector professionals and wine tastings and tapas for the general public set the stage for this event to transport guests to the 19th century, when this Barrio was founded.

Haro's Barrio de la Estación is a unique and extraordinary place that came into being at the height of the Industrial Revolution. As Spain's first train stations were being constructed, winemakers decided to set up shop near the stations to take advantage of 19th century progress, and thus get their wine to international consumers at a faster pace.

Over 100 years later, some of these wineries have closed down, while others opened. Today, Haro’s Barrio de la Estación is home to a total of seven wineries: Bodegas Bilbaínas, Gómez Cruzado, La Rioja Alta S.A., López de Heredia, Muga, Roda and CVNE; all of which represent significant points of reference for Rioja’s Designation of Origin thanks to their high quality wines.

This upcoming event marks the first time that all seven wineries will work together on a joint project in their very own Barrio, which still maintains its 19th century charm. Its stone homes and buildings and modernist style have been impeccably preserved.

The 'Barrio de la Estación Tasting' will be held on the 18th and 19th of September in Haro's Barrio de la Estación, which will be closed to traffic to allow visitors to move freely among the wineries. Friday June 18th will be dedicated to wine sector professionals and Saturday June 19th is designed for the general public.

The event’s organizers expect over 5,000 people to attend. The train station which is the namesake of this Barrio has been chosen as the theme for the event.

Thus, the atmosphere and setting will adopt the costumes and customs of the 19th century, effectively transporting guests back in time to the Industrial Revolution.


World-class wine tourism destination

The goal is for this event to become an annual tradition for wine lovers and also to promote Haro's Barrio de la Estación as an exceptional and world-class wine tourism destination, on par with Bordeaux, France; Toscana, Italy and Napa Valley in the US. 

Friday June 18th will include a variety of activities for professionals in the wine sector (journalists, sommeliers, hotel and restaurant owners, wine bar owners, wine distributors, etc.). Friday's highlight will most definitely be the historical tasting with the event's guest host Tim Atkin, Master of Wine and award-winning international wine journalist. Guests will also attend a premiere tasting of the winery's new vintages, as well as an exclusive dinner served among vineyards. Friday's events are by invitation only and are not open to the public.

Saturday June 19th, on the other hand, has a full schedule designed for the general public from 11 am to 6:30 pm, including wine tastings at the participating wineries and tapas of the highest quality traditional Riojan products, street theatre, and more.

The Rioja Regional Government (Department of Agriculture, Ranching, and Environment) and specifically "La Rioja Capital" (an entity promoting wine-gastronomy) are collaborating in Saturday's events, which will be included in the "El Rioja y los 5 Sentidos" program and likewise advertised in its publicity. These groups will contribute in a variety of diverse activities and performances to energize and accompany the wineries’ event. The Tren del Vino (Wine Train) will also run connecting Logroño and Haro to provide wine lovers and enthusiasts with comfortable transport to and from this special event.

Tickets for the public events (Saturday June 19th) will go on sale starting 15th June on the event's website (www.lacatadelbarriodelaestacion.com) and at www.entradas.com, at a reduced price of 20€ for a standard pass and 40€ for a VIP pass. The standard pass includes all Saturday activities, a tasting at each winery (7 wineries), and three tapas, while the VIP pass includes access to exclusive areas of the wineries designated for premium tastings. Supplementary tickets will be available for purchase at the event for additional wine tastings and tapas.

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AVDA. DE VIZCAYA, Nº 6 · APDO. DE CORREOS Nº 34 · 26200, HARO, LA RIOJA (SPAIN)T. (+34) 941 312 502 · F. (+34) 941 303 567 · bodega@gomezcruzado.com

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