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2020 Haro Station Wine Experience tickets on sale 1 October

  • 20 June is the fourth edition of the great Spanish wine event, once again bringing together wine and food lovers from across the world.
  • The most recognized wineries in the DOCa Rioja, located in Haro’s emblematic district, mark their tasting on the calendar with a new call.
  • Tickets are available on the official event website: lacatadelbarriodelaestacion.com

With the date announced since June, the Haro Station Wine Experience is putting tickets for its fourth edition on sale from 1 October. CVNE, Gómez Cruzado, La Rioja Alta, S.A., Viña Pomal Bodegas Bilbaínas, Bodegas Muga and Bodegas RODA are warming up in the months prior to the big event to offer a unique edition for the more than 3,500 people attending on 20 June 2020.

Tickets are €100 (early-bird price €80 until 20 May, while supplies last) and include a tasting of two glasses of wine per winery, six Rioja-inspired tapas, a dessert, a unique wineglass made by the glassware firm Riedel and much more. Throughout the day, wine will be the real protagonist, represented by an exclusive selection of twelve wines, all of them praised and recognized by national and international critics. Tickets are available on the official event website: www.lacatadelbarriodelaestacion.com

The six renowned wineries in the Station District will once again bring together wine and food lovers from all over the world at what has already become the key wine and food event in Spain. More details of the event will be announced during the coming months, such as the name of the participating wines, the chefs who will harmonize the day and much more.

The Haro Station Wine Experience

Every two years, the Station District opens its doors with a great celebration that brings together the wineries CVNE, Gómez Cruzado, La Rioja Alta, S.A., Viña Pomal Bodegas Bilbaínas, Bodegas Muga and Bodegas RODA, on an unparalleled day where DOCa Rioja wine and gastronomy are the true key players. After three successful editions, the wineries are  again putting the District on the wine and food event calendar. The event has been very well received by the national and international press and critics, winning the Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences Best of Wine Tourism award given by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network in 2015, the Prize for the Best Wine Tourism Experience at the International Wine Challenge Awards Spain, the Rioja Capital Award for a Unique Initiative Linked to Food and Agriculture Resources, granted by the Government of La Rioja in 2016 and, most recently, the title for Best Wine Tourism Initiative 2018 from Wine Routes of Spain.

The Rioja Railway Wine Experience Rode The High Line

Celebrated wineries from the Haro Station District in Spain presented the past, present and future of winemaking on May 22, 2019.
Historic wineries from the famed Haro Station District in Spain came to together on Wednesday, May 22 at the High Line in New York City to celebrate the Rioja Railway Wine Experience.
The wineries in attendance included: Bodegas Gómez Cruzado, La Rioja Alta, S.A., Bodegas Bilbaínas Viña Pomal, Bodegas Muga and Bodegas RODA.

This is the first time these five wineries have come together in an international showcase with their most prestigious wines. The Rioja Railway Wine Experience is a milestone for these wineries as they have participated in La Cata del Barrio de la Estación in Haro in previous years, yet the wineries decided to come to one of the most important, global markets for an iconic event. With over 275 attendees at the Grand Tasting, this has been one of the largest focused wine and food events for trade on the High Line. The Masterclasses, The Rioja Railway: Past, Present and Future of Rioja Winemaking, moderated by the first Spanish Master of Wine, Pedro Ballesteros, demonstrated how Haro was at the epicenter of winemaking and turned Rioja into one of the top wine regions of the world. Over 100 attendees tasted Riojan wines from each decade, beginning in the 1970s up to today. “I am so honored these wineries chose me to help present their flagship wines,” said Ballesteros.

“I am so proud of the quality and depth these wineries have brought to the table, showing how Rioja, Haro specifically, has been at the forefront of winemaking and continues to be a dominate figure.”
Consumers also enjoyed the Rioja Railway Wine Experience – close to 400 guests were able to taste Spanish creations from top U.S. chefs paired specifically with the wines, including such chefs as: Nicole Gajadhar from Saxon + Parole; Ginger Pierce from Jams Restaurant; Preston Madson from il Buco Alimentari & Vineria; Francis Derby from Tessa; Cedric Durand from GAUDir. Proceeds from the consumer event benefited the James Beard Foundation, a national culinary non-profit organization working toward a more delicious, diverse, and sustainable food world for everyone. To learn more about the Foundation’s good food for good™ mission, visit: www.jamesbeard.org.
Guests were transported back to the mid-nineteenth century. The High Line in New York City played host to the tastings, representing the Haro District train station. With projections of historic imagery in Rioja and steam from the imaginary trains, the city park was transformed for a moment back into the former elevated freight train line.
“This has been an honor to bring La Cata del Barrio de la Estación to New York City,” said Manu Muga, vicepresident of The Train Station District Association in Spain. “The U.S. is a major market for wines from Rioja and the Rioja Railway Wine Experience allows us to share these historic wineries and our know-how to American wine connoisseurs.

And we hope to see some Americans visit us in Haro for La Cata in 2020!”.  Another online visibility tool from PRWeb Haro was one of the first cities in Spain to have the modern, new technology of the railway. While winemaking had been prevalent throughout Spain, it was in the 1860s that several wineries set up near the railway station in Haro, bringing wealth to the city and the country. For years, La Cata del Barrio de la Estación has taken place in Haro, bringing international focus to the Station District wineries, promoting the area as one of the top wine tourism destinations in the world. The wineries that participated in the Rioja Railway Wine Experience understand that their past helps to direct the future of their winemaking; they look to their roots to create wine that will resonate with the world and continue to bring recognition to Rioja and the Haro Station District for years to come. For more information about the Rioja Railway Wine Experience, please visit www.riojarailwaywineexperience.com.

Find us on Facebook at Rioja Railway Wine Experience, or on Twitter and Instagram @RiojaRailway. About La Cata del Barrio de la Estación The Station District (Barrio de la Estación) is a landmark in the city of Haro, located in the Rioja wine region. It boasts the highest concentration of centuries-old wineries in the world, which were built around a central point —the railway station, known as the golden mile of Rioja wine. A visit to the Haro Station District becomes a journey in time, where you can follow the evolution of wine and architecture during the last century. For more information, please visit: www.lacatadelbarriodelaestacion.com.

New York hosts the first international experience of the Station District

  • Rioja Railway Wine Experience to be held on 22 May at Manhattan’s iconic High Line.

 For the first time, five great wineries from Haro’s most emblematic district travel abroad together to show the world the greatness of their wines and the beauty of a unique destination in the world.

 Haro, January 2019—On 22 May, the Station District is travelling to New York to celebrate the first ‘Rioja Railway Wine Experience’, a meeting to showcase the winemaking philosophy and the great wines of five of the most important wineries in La Rioja and the Spanish wine scene: Bodegas Gómez Cruzado, La Rioja Alta, S.A., Bodegas Bilbaínas Viña Pomal, Bodegas Muga and Bodegas RODA.

The setting chosen for the celebration of this new event is the High Line, an iconic area located in the district of Manhattan. It is an elevated section of the East Side Line of the now-extinct New York Central Railroad. The choice of venue is a nod to the Haro railway station, where the famous Barrio de la Estación gradually came about with the construction of major wineries in the mid-nineteenth century.

The Rioja Railway Wine Experience will include some significant milestones. An exclusive historical master tasting for top-level American journalists and tasters will be led by Pedro Ballesteros MW, the first Spanish Master of Wine, who will provide a tour of the century-old history of the district and its wines. The five wineries have also organised a Grand Tasting targeting both wine industry professionals and a top gourmet audience. In total, more than 600 attendees are going to enjoy some of the best wines in La Rioja along with various tapas specially created for the occasion by leading US chefs.

This initiative reflects the international focus of the Station District wineries, promoting their historical and cultural value as the cradle of Rioja wine and as one of the top wine tourism destinations in the world, unique in its concentration of century-old wineries. On this first occasion, Rioja Railway Wine Experience will link the philosophy, culture, tradition and recognised quality of the wines made in this historic La Rioja district and New York City, providing a late nineteenth century ambiance with a 1920s look. It is undoubtedly a unique occasion for all lovers of wine and Spanish culture in the United States, a key market for Rioja Wine where a large percentage of visitors to our wine region come from.

Haro Station District committed to James Beard Foundation

Rioja Railway Wine Experience will also have a charitable facet. Thirty per cent of the revenues from tickets will go to the James Beard Foundation, the key culinary NGO in the United States, known for its annual James Beard awards. The purpose of the US foundation is to create programmes to improve food and sustainability, guided by values such as respect, transparency, diversity, sustainability and equality.

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.