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THE BARRIO DE LA ESTACIÓN TASTING REVEALS THE WINES TASTED IN THE CONSUMERS' DAY

Gómez Cruzado Blanco 2014, Reserva 2009 and Pancrudo 2013 will be the wines offered by this boutique winery

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Haro, 5 de septiembre de 2015.- In the countdown of the first ever Barrio de la Estación tasting, an ambitious event in which seven wineries from this neighborhood of Haro joined forces to highlight this area as an international wine tourism destination, more details are revealed.

The first day is focussed on wine sector and specialised journalists and experts, and is by invitation only. The second day, Saturday 19th between 11:00-18:30, has been conceived for end consumers. Tickets for this day are available on www.lacatadelbarriodelaestacion.com and www.entradas.com. The organisers offer two ticket options: a regular ticket for 20 Euro, which includes 7 wines and 3 tapas; and the VIP ticket which enables participants to taste, in addition to the 7 wines and 3 tapas, a further 14 premium wines in areas of the wineries exceptionally opened for the event. During both days, the streets of the District will be closed to traffic to allow participants to calmly walk around the wineries and enjoy this magnificent setting.

High quality wine and tapas tasting

The end consumer day will provide the opportunity to taste up to 21 high quality wines. Depending on the ticket purchased, the following wines will be offered:

Regular and VIP tickets: 7 wine tastings (one per winery)
- Bodegas López Heredia Viña Tondonia: Viña Tondonia Reserva 2003
- CVNE: Cvne Crianza 2011
- Bodegas Gómez Cruzado: Gómez Cruzado Blanco 2014
- Bodegas La Rioja Alta, S.A.: Viña Alberdi Crianza 2008
- Bodegas Bilbaínas: Viña Pomal Crianza 2012
- Bodegas Muga: Muga Crianza 2011
- Bodegas Roda: Roda Sela 2012

Complementary wines with the VIP ticket: 14 wine tastings (2 per winery)

- Bodegas López Heredia Viña Tondonia: Viña Tondonia Reserva 2001 and 2002
- CVNE: Imperial Reserva 2010 and Real de Asúa 2011
- Bodegas Gómez Cruzado: Gómez Cruzado Reserva 2009 and Pancrudo 2013
- Bodegas La Rioja Alta, S.A.: Viña Ardanza Reserva 2007 and Gran Reserva 904 2005
- Bodegas Bilbaínas: Viña Pomal Gran Reserva 2010 and La Vicalanda Reserva 2009
- Bodegas Muga: Muga Reserva Especial 2010 and Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2006
- Bodegas Roda: Roda Reserva 2010 and Roda I Reserva 2008

In addition to the wine tastings, at each of the wineries, participants will have the chance to sample a different tapa made from premium quality Rioja products. These are being prepared by local restaurateurs in collaboration with Haro’s Hospitality and Commercial Association (ACCIRA):

- Rioja red been stew (Restaurant Asador Tinto).
- Charcoal-grilled Iberian pork shoulder with artisan caramelized onion jam from Rioja (Restaurant Asador Tinto).
- Warm corn bun filled with wine-infused chorizo (Restaurant Beethoven).
- Creamy Cameros cheese with pears from Rincón (Restaurant La Vieja Bodega).
- Filled pepper with meat and mushrooms from Rioja (Restaurant La Vieja Bodega).
- Griddled mushrooms (Restaurant El Jarrero).
- Iberian ham and cheese toastie (Restaurant El Jarrero).

Both ticket options on Saturday 19th include 3 tapas, but to enable participants to savour the entire range of tapas available at each of the 7 wineries, participants can purchase a voucher with 4 additional tapas for 10 Euro. Moreover, other Rioja culinary specialties and wines will be available for purchase in a food tent enlivened with live jazz music.

The programme's arrays of activities

The central purpose of the event is the wine tasting and food pairing; furthermore, each of the wineries will offer different activities included in both regular and VIP tickets:

- Bodegas López de Heredia Viña Tondonia: Photo exhibition “The District’s History: Viña Tondonia’s Collection”
- Cvne: Sculpture exhibition “Pozos” (“Wells”) by Cristina Iglesias
- Bodegas Gómez Cruzado: Street Art: live painting our history
- Bodegas La Rioja Alta S.A.: La Trasiega (the wine transfer)
- Bodegas Bilbaínas: Visit to the French winery and underground cave
- Bodegas Muga: Artisan cooperage: Taming the barrel
- Bodegas Roda: Roda’s old underground cave and balcony over the Ebro; the Station District’s prow over a sea of vines.

To reinforce the day’s festive nature, a series of live shows have been organised, including a Dixie Band, which will be moving around the Station District and wineries, and different Jazz concerts near the food tent from Dixie Cream Jazz Band and Biribay Jazz Swingers & Company. All of which have been organised in collaboration with La Rioja Capital as part of their Rioja and 5 senses festival.

With the collaboration of Ruta del Vino de Rioja Alta it will also be possible to see through the District’s streets a photo exhibition of the region’s vineyards.

Bringing the district closer to wine lovers

For all those who wish to anticipate planning their journey along the Haro Station District, a free app has been developed (available on both Google Play and App Store platforms) with all the information regarding the end consumer day’s programme and tastings, as well as useful practical information. Among other features, the app will allow users to track the occupancy at each of the wineries to better plan the visits to those less crowded.

Furthermore, to facilitate travelling to Haro, RENFE is offering a 30% discount on all regular line return tickets from every destination station in Spain. This offer is valid on both station and online purchases. Additionally, on Saturday 19th a special train will connect Logroño, capital of La Rioja, with the Haro Station District thanks to the collaboration of El Rioja y los 5 Sentidos (the price for a return ticket is 5 Euro and is available for purchase on www.entradas.com).

Exceptional tasting for trade and press

On Friday 18th the organisers have put together a unique programme aimed at expert professionals and journalists. On the one hand, a historic seminar will be introduced by Luis Vicente Elías, an anthropologist from Rioja, and led by Tim Atkin, Master of Wine, award-winning wine journalist and the ambassador of the 2015 Haro Station Wine Experience. The Haro Station District’s history will be presented from its inception in the mid-19th Century to the evolution throughout the 20th and 21st Centuries. To complement this historical overview, a tasting of both Century wines from each of the 7 wineries will follow. On the other hand, participants will have the opportunity to visit the century-old wineries and taste en primeur the new vintages under the guidance of the winery-owners and oenologists. Close to 400 journalists and viniculture professionals (e.g. sommeliers, distributors, restaurateurs) from around the world are expected to attend.

Haro station district

The Haro Station District, born out of the industrial revolution, is a unique and remarkable setting. Taking advantage of the advances brought on by railway communications, a number of wineries were set up around one of Spain’s first railway stations with international connections in order to facilitate the export of their wines outside Spanish borders. After more than 150 years, and albeit the disappearance of some, 7 wineries have continued to work and develop to become globally renowned as part of the Rioja appellation of origin and thanks to the outstanding quality of their wines: Bodegas Bilbaínas, Gómez Cruzado, La Rioja Alta S.A., López de Heredia Viña Tondonia, Muga, Roda y CVNE.
This event was envisioned with the objective to become an indispensable annual rendezvous for wine-lovers and to launch the Haro Station’s hitherto divided popularity into a District-wide preeminent wine-tourism destination worldwide and unique in Spain, such as those in other wine regions, including Bordeaux in France, Tuscany in Italy and Napa Valley in the United States of America.

 


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