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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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Advance ticket sales begin for the most gourmet edition of the Haro Station Wine Experience

Guests will enjoy 14 world-renowned wines, selected by the seven most iconic historical wineries of the Spanish wine scene.

An outstanding gastronomic accompaniment will be provided in the form of seven tapas created just for the occasion by Michelin-starred chefs from La Rioja –Francis Paniego and the Echapresto brothers–.

Tickets are now on sale for the third edition of the most exclusive and gourmet Haro Station Wine Experience (La Cata del Barrio de la Estación), which will be held on Saturday 16 June in Haro (La Rioja), in a neighbourhood that gathers the largest concentration of century-old wineries in the world. The price to enjoy this great festive day of wine and gastronomy is €100, although the organising wineries have arranged a special advance price of €80.

Tickets can be purchased here and include a tasting of fourteen high-end renowned wines (two per winery) especially selected by each house for the celebration. The seven participating wineries have significantly enhanced the gastronomic stakes for the third edition of this event, featuring Rioja chefs Francis Paniego (National Gastronomy Award and three Michelin stars – two of which in El Portal de Echaurren in Ezcaray) and brothers Carlos and Ignacio Echapresto (National Gastronomy Award and one Michelin star in Venta Moncalvillo in Daroca de Rioja) with the creation of seven tapas which will take guests on a succulent journey through some of the best loved dishes in the Rioja rich cuisine.

Considered by specialised critics to be the best wine-related event in Spain, this third edition of the Haro Station Wine Experience will be an unforgettable day for food and wine lovers. From 11.00 to 18.00 h., guests will enjoy live music as well as an extensive programme of cultural and wine-related activities. The experience will be completed with free travel to some of the surprising and unique spaces that house the most iconic, historic wineries in the Spanish wine scene: López de Heredia Viña Tondonia, CVNE, Gómez Cruzado, La Rioja Alta, SA, Viña Pomal Bodegas Bilbaínas, Muga and Bodegas RODA.

A programme of shuttle buses and trains to facilitate travel from the nearest provincial capitals will be published in due course. For those who want to enjoy the whole weekend in Haro, the city boasts many options for accommodation which are listed on the official event website.

Further information can be found here:
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The Haro Station Wine Experience will hold its most gourmet edition in June

On Saturday, June 16th the seven wineries that make up this emblematic wine neighbourhood will offer their premium wines accompanied by some of the most renowned food from the Rioja region, led by Francis Paniego and the Echapresto brothers.

The day dedicated to professionals will take place on Monday, June 18th and will feature Sarah Jane Evans MW, renowned Master of Wine who is an expert in Spanish wines, as the 2018 “Maquinista del Año”.

The Haro Station Wine Experience (La Cata del Barrio de la Estación) is preparing its most exclusive and gourmet edition yet, which will take place on Saturday, June 16th in Haro. An unmissable event for anyone who is passionate about wine and food around the world.

A day of celebration in which the seven wineries that together make up the Haro Station District will open their doors so that guests can enjoy their premium wines accompanied by an outstanding selection of food, led by several Michelin star chefs from the Rioja region: Francis Paniego with his three Michelin stars (two of them at El Portal de Echaurren) and the Echapresto brothers (one Michelin star at Venta Moncalvillo).

The third edition of this highly prestigious oenological event is organised by the most emblematic and historical wineries of the entire Spanish wine scene: López de Heredia Viña Tondonia, CVNE, Gómez Cruzado, La Rioja Alta, S.A., Viña Pomal Bodegas Bilbaínas, Muga and Bodegas RODA. All located within a short distance from each other on foot, they will welcome thousands of visitors as they explain their history and their know-how on a day when the streets in Haro Station District will be closed off to traffic and filled with music.

The day open to professionals will be held on Monday, June 18th and will gather the best wine and cooking professionals from all over Spain. Among the planned activities, highlights a Master Class led by the renowned Master of Wine in Spanish wines, Sarah Jane Evans MW, who has been awarded the 2018 “Maquinista del Año”, taking over for Tim Atkin MW and Pedro Ballesteros MW.

The Haro Station District wineries thus have the chance to show the world the philosophy, culture, tradition and recognised quality of their wines, something that has been instrumental in helping Rioja wine to evolve.

The Haro Station Wine Experience celebrated two successful first editions with more than 10,000 wine and food lovers from all over the world, and received the 2016 “La Rioja Capital Award to the Singular Initiative Tied to Agrifood Resources” from the Government of La Rioja, the 2016 “Best Wine Tourism Experience Award” at the International Wine Challenge Awards in MW Spain, and the 2015 “Best of Wine Tourism Initiative” awarded by the International Network of Great Wine Capitals.

The Haro Station District is an economic, agricultural, touristic and cultural powerhouse both nationally and internationally, and is holding this festival with the goal of showing the world the potential of Rioja wines and the beauty of their destination.

The Haro Station District, the birthplace of Rioja wine and a destination unlike any other in the world

In the centre of Haro (La Rioja, Spain) you can find a truly unique place that gathers the largest number of hundred-year-old wineries on the planet. A neighbourhood built around a central axis, the railway station, which serves as the magical enclave for its main protagonist: wine.

The Haro Station District, birthplace of Rioja wine, began to take shape in the second half of the 19th century in the midst of the Industrial Revolution, as a result of the new railway replacing horses as the traditional means of transport for the wine. This fact ended up influencing the name of the place, the birth of the area’s wine-producers, and the successful marketing of their wines all over the world.

There are many factors that make this district second to none. In addition to being home to the aforementioned largest concentration of centennial wineries with their international prestige, you can also find remarkable architecture in the area that combines historic buildings from the 19th century with other more avant-garde constructions, such as those designed by Zaha Hadid or Gustave Eiffel, located in a privileged environment surrounded by historic vineyards that have made this district one of the leading wine tourist-destinations in the entire world.

Of the wineries that are currently located in this enclave, the first to be founded was R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia in 1877, followed by Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE) in 1879, Gómez Cruzado in 1886, La Rioja Alta, S.A. in 1890 and Viña Pomal Bodegas Bilbaínas in 1901. Bodegas Muga (founded in 1932) transferred its headquarters to the district in 1970 and Bodegas RODA came in 1987, building their winery on an old cellar.

They are all internationally renowned within the Rioja D.O.Ca. designation of origin and are known not only for their wines, which have received international recognitions and awards, but also for their innovative wine tourism proposals that are open to the public throughout the year, representing an indisputable path that contributes to the development and progress of the region (last year in 2017, the number of visitors exceeded 120,000).