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Global scope of Haro Station Wine Experience rewarded by Wine Routes of Spain

ACEVIN 4th Wine Routes of Spain Wine Tourism Awards recognise the quality of the event jointly organised by the seven wineries comprising the iconic Haro district.

The Haro Station Wine Experience has been given the Best Wine Tourism Initiative prize at the fourth Wine Routes of Spain Wine Tourism Awards, organised by the Spanish Association of Wine Cities (ACEVIN), with the support of the Spanish Secretariat of State for Tourism and Turespaña. This activity, whose third session was held last June, was given the award “for the cooperation of a group of Rioja Alta wineries, located in an iconic district full of history, in organising an event of global scope that combines tradition, premium wine tasting, the cuisine of renowned chefs, unique proposals in each winery and a festive and playful atmosphere around wine culture.”

This recognition is the result of the decision of a jury panel consisting of a score of experts from the wine tourism industry. They represent the organising associations as well as professionals from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, the wine industry, including the Spanish Wine Federation, the Spanish Conference of Wine Control Boards and the Spanish Wine Market Observatory, the wine tourism industry, including the Spanish Association of Wine Museums, the Spanish Wine and Food Tourism Association, in addition to renowned critics, writers and trade journalists.

The Haro Station Wine Experience thereby collects a new addition to its list of achievements which includes 2016 Rioja Capital Award for a Unique Initiative Linked to Food and Agriculture Resources given by the Government of La Rioja, the Best Wine Tourism Experience at the 2016 International Wine Challenge Awards Spain and the 2015 Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences Best of Wine Tourism award granted by the Great Wine Capitals network.

The prize-giving ceremony is to be held on 16 November at an event held in the Royal Tapestry Factory, Madrid, to be attended by the Secretary of State for Tourism as well as, possibly, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

Haro Station Wine Experience

With three successful events behind it, the Haro Station Wine Experience has been consecrated as one of the great wine and wine tourism events in Spain, where wine lovers and professionals come from all parts of the world to experience first-hand a great wine festival sponsored by the seven renowned wineries that comprise this district in Haro, the cradle of Rioja wine: López de Heredia Viña Tondonia, CVNE, Gómez Cruzado, La Rioja Alta, S.A., Viña Pomal Bodegas Bilbaínas, Bodegas Muga and Bodegas RODA.

Success of the most gourmet edition of the Haro Station Wine Experience

The third edition of the Haro Station Wine Experience, the most exclusive and gourmet edition, will close its doors after a successful first day. On a sunny, festive day in Haro, around 3,500 people, including end consumers and the press, have enjoyed a journey through Spanish wine growing history where the best wines from the La Rioja region, along with the most prominent local cuisine, have been the main players in an unforgettable experience.

“Wine and its culture have triumphed today, driven by the vivid movement which is that of the Haro Station Wine Experience,” Agustín Santolaya, the rotating president of the Station Wine Experience and Managing Director at Bodegas RODA stated.

“It has been amazing to see how the public has enjoyed the experience, enveloped in a magical surrounding filled with parties and happiness. Great La Rioja cuisine, put on by true artists like Francis Paniego, Carlos Echapresto and Juan Ángel Rodrigálvarez, went perfectly with the 14 splendid wines that we have tasted.”

The seven host wine cellars, López de Heredia Viña Tondonia, CVNE, Gómez Cruzado, La Rioja Alta, S.A., Viña Pomal Bodegas Bilbaínas, Bodegas Muga and Bodegas RODA, have offered a careful selection of 14 internationally renowned wines throughout the day, which have been tasted in a specially selected glass for this unique day, that the guests have taken away as a souvenir. Wines that have been perfectly combined with seven dishes from the best local cuisine, created for the occasion by the La Rioja Michelin Star chefs Francis Paniego -El Portal del Echaurren- and the Echapresto brothers – Venta Moncalvillo-.

Creations that have fused the renowned traditional yet innovative La Rioja cuisine with a proposal to delight the fans: “Echaurren ham and chicken croquettes” with Viña Tondonia Red Reserva 2005 and Viña Bosconia Red Reserva 2006 from López de Hederia Viña Tondonia winery, “Pork rib toasted brioche with honey sauce, spicy ‘alegría riojana’ chillies and pickled aubergines” with Viña Ardanza 2009 and Gran Reserva 904 2009 from La Rioja Alta, S.A., “Tail cuts with red wine over a creamed potato and its own sauce” with Muga Reserve Special Edition 2012 and Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2004 from Bodegas Muga winery, “Migas del pastor (breadcrumbs) with cooked meats from La Rioja, grapes and egg yolks” with Monopole Clásico 2015 and Imperial Reserva 2014 from CVNE, “Alubias pochas (succulent beans) with lightly fried vegetables and chillies in oil” with Honorable 2014 and Pancrudo 2016 from Gómez Cruzado, “Glazed cod with La Rioja sauce” with Viña Pomal Compromiso 2015 and Viña Pomal Gran Reserva 2011 from Viña Pomal Bodegas Bilbaínas winery and “Beef snouts stewed like ‘the boss’ showed us“ with RODA I 2010 and RODA 2013 from Bodegas RODA winery.

“After months of preparation, it has been very rewarding to see how the guests enjoyed each of the featured pairings. It is our duty to show the public the great culinary potential that La Rioja has, which is unbeatable when it is accompanied by the wines from the Station Wine Experience, and events like this are the perfect chance for that,” Ignacio Echapresto, a chef at Venta Moncalvillo stated. “It has been an honour for us to be part of such an ambitious project and to contribute to positioning our region amongst the best in the world,” added Paniego.

Also, the master confectioner Juan Ángel Rodrigálvarez, winner of the 2010 National Gastronomy Award for the Best Confectioner, gave it the final sweet touch with his “Maraví de Chocolate” dessert. “Being part of the amazing Haro Station Wine Experience line-up with a dessert like this has been an incredible opportunity. Events like the Haro Station Wine Experience are a sure bet for showcasing the quality of our products and the know-how of the region to the world,” he noted.

To reinforce the great entertaining atmosphere, the seven organising wine cellars have put on musical shows in the streets of the area, as well as different cultural and wine proposals with the added aim of giving the participants an insight into the art and culture of wine creation. So, the following stood out: “Disgorging the wine cellar” at Viña Pomal Bodegas Bilbaínas, “Imperial Aromas” at CVNE, “Cooperage, barrel breaking and barrels” at Bodegas Muga, “Artistic performance ‘Figures talk to wine’” at Bodegas Gómez Cruzado, “Artisanal racking” at La Rioja Alta, S.A., “Two architects: Juan Cabrera Latorre and Zaha Hadid” at López de Heredia Viña Tondonia and the “Projection”: “Each bottle is a reflection of our landscape” at Bodegas RODA.

Thanks to the successful third edition, the Haro Station Wine Experience is once again the embodiment of Spanish wine events, as the huge media coverage confirms thanks to the hundred national accredited journalists present.

It is a party that will continue on Monday 18th June, with the workshop for professionals which will bring together more than 800 people to Haro including journalists, sommeliers, Masters of Wine, wine and food critics, caterers, as well as thought leaders and international press from 11 countries. It is an appointment where the renowned MW Sarah Jane Evans will be the 2018 “Maquinista del Año,” giving a master tasting. It is an extravagant closing ceremony, matching up to an area that will soon start to prepare the next edition of this spectacular party.

The Best Food from La Rioja Will Shine at the Haro Station Wine Experience

The countdown has begun. In less than just two months, we will get to enjoy this incredibly unique experience: The Haro Station Wine Experience. This third edition, which will be held on June 16th, will be remembered for more than just its extraordinary selection of wines produced by the seven houses and organizers of the best wine experience in all of Spain. The culinary portion will also be another undisputed star of this important event, thanks to the wineries’ commitment to harmonizing their wines with the best cuisine from the La Rioja region.

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El Portal del Echaurren and Venta Moncalvillo, which have two and one Michelin stars respectively, are the restaurants that have been specially selected this year to participate in the event with exclusive creations that blend perfectly with the fourteen wines of international prestige that will be served by the seven wineries from the Station District. Francis Paniego, chef at El Portal del Echaurren, will cook three succulent dishes, while Ignacio Echapresto, head of the kitchen at Venta Moncalvillo, will present four other delicacies. A total of seven culinary creations that will represent La Rioja’s haute cuisine and which, tested by the wineries themselves, will go perfectly with the extraordinary wines that can be tasted throughout the day.

Selection of dishes and wines for the 2018 edition of the Haro Station Wine Experience:

El Portal del Echaurren.

  • Echuarren’s croquettes made of ham and chicken, smooth and creamy, with Viña Tondonia Tinto 2005 and Viña Bosconia Tinto Reserva 2006.
  • Toasted brioche with pork rib in a honey sauce, with La Rioja chili peppers and pickled eggplant with a Gran Reserva 904 from 2009 and Viña Ardanza 2009.
  • Beef snouts stewed the authentic way with a RODA 2013 and RODA I 2010.

Venta Moncalvillo.

  • “Shepherd’s Breadcrumbs” with cured meats from La Rioja, grapes and egg yolk with Monopole Clásico 2015 and Imperial Reserva 2014.
  • Pochas beans with stir-fried vegetables and chili pepper in oil with Honorable 2014 and Pancrudo 2016.
  • Confit cod with a Rioja sauce with Viña Pomal Compromiso 2015 and Viña Pomal Gran Reserva 2011.
  • Oxtail in red wine on top of a cream of potato and its own sauce with Muga Reserva Selección Especial 2012 and Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2004.

Both Francis Paniego, who will prepare the tapas for El Portal del Echaurren, and Ignacio and Carlos Echapresto, in charge of preparing the dishes for Venta Moncalvillo, are winners of Spain’s National Gastronomy Award in their respective categories, Francis Paniego and Ignacio Echapresto received the award in the chef category, while Carlos Echapresto received his in the sommelier category.

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Paniego doesn’t hide his enthusiasm when it comes to participating in the best culinary edition of the Haro Station Wine Experience, and for the occasion he has come up with two informal dishes that are no less daring than the others. Of course, the must-have croquettes by Marisa, his mother, a quick bite that’s easy to eat and that has been impressing palates for years in not only his hometown Ezcaray, but also at hundreds of culinary events around the world. Francis Paniego views his participation “as a challenge” and adds that he is “happy to participate in such a special experience and a celebration that is needed by the wine sector in order to appeal to a younger segment”.

Ignacio Echapresto has chosen to present “recipes that pay tribute to the culinary tradition from the La Rioja region, bringing back flavors from our family history”. In his selection, Carlos Echapresto also played an important role as one of the sommeliers who knows the most about wines from the region. According to the La Rioja native, “we have focused on a combination of products and flavors that go perfectly with the wines that will be tasted throughout the day”. In unison, both brothers declared: “We want everyone who attends the Haro Station Wine Experience to finish off the experience by saying, “what great food and wine there is in La Rioja!”.

In addition, since no meal can be enjoyed with a sweet ending, master pastry chef Juan Ángel Rodrigálvarez, winner of Spain’s National Gastronomy Award in 2010 for being the Best Confectioner Pastry Chef, will finish off the brilliant culinary portion with his chocolate Maraví. A dessert that combines intense cacao with the sweetness of almonds, the smoothness of AUBOCASSA extra virgin olive oil from Pla de Mallorca made with 100% Arbequina olives, and a touch of salt flakes. A dessert that owes its name to a cacao plantation in the Ecuadorian region of Guayaquil and that, in the words of its creator, “is an allusion to the wine world, which usually baptizes its wines with the names of the lands from which the grapes are harvested”. The pastry chef from La Rioja believes that participating in this culinary edition is “a unique occasion, especially since I will be doing so together with colleagues and friends like Francis, Carlos and Ignacio. I have no doubt that the event will be a turning point”.

The price for enjoying this festive day that celebrates wine and food from the La Rioja region will be €100, although the organizing wineries –López de Heredia Viña Tondonia, CVNE, Gómez Cruzado, La Rioja Alta, S.A., Viña Pomal Bodegas Bilbaínas, Bodegas Muga and Bodegas RODA– have made a limited number of tickets available at a special price in an advance sale for €80. Tickets can be purchased through the official website www.lacatadelbarriodelaestacion.com, where you can also reserve the bus and train tickets that can take you from the main cities in the area, as well as from Madrid.

The tickets include a tasting of the fourteen premium wines of international prestige, the seven dishes, and the dessert that will be offered by the guest chefs. In addition, each visitor will receive a Riedel glass specially selected to ensure that each wine can express all of its characteristics and personality. Riedel is an Austrian company that specializes in wine glassware, one of the leading brands when it comes to enjoying wine to the fullest.

Without a doubt, the Haro Station Wine Experience will be a guaranteed unforgettable experience for all those who attend, where you can enjoy great wines as they are paired with award-winning La Rioja cuisine, in addition to enjoying live music and a wide range of cultural and wine-related activities.

The Haro Station Wine Experience, an unforgettable encounter with the great Rioja wines

The seven host wineries introduce their magnificent selection of fourteen wines that will delight those attending the major wine event that will take place in Haro on 16th June.

The wines will be tasted in a Riedel glass, especially tested by the technical directors of the wineries in order to enjoy all of the aromas and tastes of the wines from the Haro Station Wine Experience to the maximum.

Two of the restaurants named by the Michelin guide as the best in La Rioja, El Portal del Echaurren and Venta Moncalvillo, will offer seven tapas created for the occasion by chefs Francis Paniego and Ignacio Echapresto.

Presentation of the 2018 edition of The Haro Station Wine Experience in Lavinia.  From left to right: María Urrutia, CVNE; Agustín Santolaya, Bodegas RODA; David González, Gómez Cruzado; Ignacio Echapresto, Venta Moncalvillo; Eduardo Muga and Manuel Muga, Bodegas Muga; Julio Saenz, La Rioja Alta, S.A.; Francis Paniego, El Portal de Echaurren; Leonor González, Counsellor for Economic Innovation  and Development of the La Rioja Government; Alejandro López, Viña Pomal Bodegas Bilbaínas.

Presentation of the 2018 edition of The Haro Station Wine Experience in Lavinia. From left to right: María Urrutia, CVNE; Agustín Santolaya, Bodegas RODA; David González, Gómez Cruzado; Ignacio Echapresto, Venta Moncalvillo; Eduardo Muga and Manuel Muga, Bodegas Muga; Julio Saenz, La Rioja Alta, S.A.; Francis Paniego, El Portal de Echaurren; Leonor González, Counsellor for Economic Innovation and Development of the La Rioja Government; Alejandro López, Viña Pomal Bodegas Bilbaínas.

The Haro Station Wine Experience will hold its most exclusive, gourmet edition on 16th June. A world-class event that will demonstrate the relevance of this unique location for Spanish wine history with the López de Heredia Viña Tondonia, CVNE, Gómez Cruzado, La Rioja Alta, S.A., Viña Pomal Bodegas Bilbaínas, Bodegas Muga and Bodegas RODA wineries as the protagonists of an already unmissable day on the viniculture and wine tourism calendar in Spain.

Leonor González, Counsellor for Innovation and Development of the La Rioja Government, has highlighted the innovative nature of Haro Station since its beginnings. “What gives meaning to Haro is its oenological station and its wineries: they are creative, innovative and care for the landscapes with vineyards which add value to the land”.

The seven wineries that comprise this emblematic location will serve two of their own best wines, an offering which includes novelty wines, vintage wines not yet available on the market and established labels that will be recognised by wine lovers from all over the world. The specially selected wines for this 2018 edition of the Haro Station Wine Experience are:

López de Heredia-Viña Tondonia
Viña Tondonia – Red Reserva 2005
Viña Bosconia – Red Reserva 2006

CVNE
Monopole Clásico 2015
Imperial Reserva 2014

Gómez Cruzado
Honorable 2014
Pancrudo Selección Terroir 2016

La Rioja Alta, S.A.
Gran Reserva 904, 2009
Viña Ardanza 2009

Bodegas Bilbaínas Viña Pomal
Viña Pomal Gran Reserva 2011
Viña Pomal Compromiso 2015

Bodegas Muga
Muga Reserva Selección Especial 2012
Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2004

Bodegas RODA
RODA 2013
RODA I 2010

In a new initiative, these 14 premium wines will be tasted along with gourmet tapas created by the Michelin starred chefs Francis Paniego (El Portal de Echaurren, Ezcaray, two stars) and the Echapresto brothers (Venta Moncalvillo, Daroca de Rioja, one star). Together, they will offer a sample of their renowned gastronomical innovation, combining product, tradition and creativity in the best cuisine from La Rioja.

Furthermore, each visitor will receive a specially selected Riedel glass, tested by the technical team from each winery, which is able to show the wines in the clearest way. Riedel, an Austrian firm specialised in wine glassware is the quintessential brand for wine tasting in the best conditions and this glass will highlight the virtues of the great harvests and labels that will be served during the Haro Station Wine Experience.

The wineries are also preparing recreational activities to enjoy during the visits to the centenary facilities, and there will be live music throughout the whole celebration. Without a shadow of a doubt, Haro station will become a non-stop party on the 16th June, with wine and its culture as the main focus. Tickets to attend this exclusive event are on pre-sale at  www.lacatadelbarriodelaestacion.com, at a special pre-sale price of 80€ (previously 100€).

The gathering is an irresistible encounter for lovers of wine, tourism and the most gourmet cuisine, with the chance of discovering and savouring wine in unique settings, visiting centenary cellars next to the Ebro River, delving into the silence of the barrel rooms where some of the best wines from La Rioja lie or marvelling at the perfect harmony between the modernist and avant-garde architecture designed by Zaha Hadid. A day considered by critics as the best wine event of the country, which has received awards on numerous occasions from different organisations for its undoubtable quality of wine tourism.

The organisation is scheduling several shuttle buses and trains to facilitate transfers from the nearest cities and areas easier and they will be suitably advertised. For those who want to enjoy a full weekend of tourism in Haro, both the city itself and the wider La Rioja region boast multiple accommodation options that are also listed on the event webpage

 

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