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Josep Roca, 2020 Haro Station Wine Experience Engine Driver of the Year

  • The sommelier of the three-star Celler de Can Roca will be the official spokesperson for the great wine and food event and lead an exclusive master class on 19 June as the starting gun for the new edition of the Haro Station Wine Experience.
  • Roca takes over from Masters of Wine Tim Atkin, Pedro Ballesteros and Sarah Jane Evans in the position.

josep roca cata barrio de la estación 2020The Haro Station Wine Experience returns on 20 June 2020, again with a relevant personality from the wine and food sector to assume the title of Engine Driver of the Year. For the coming edition, the sommelier of the three-Michelin-star Celler de Can Roca, Josep Roca, will be in charge of guiding and driving the great wine and food event.

“I am very happy to be the 2020 Engine Driver of the Year at the Haro Station Wine Experience. The Experience is a key event for wine and food lovers worldwide and should definitely go on your calendar if you wish to enjoy it, surrounded by living references of the history of Rioja wine and Spanish wine,” says Josep Roca.

 One of the great novelties of this edition is an exclusive tasting to be led by Josep Roca himself on the eve of the event, 19 June. It will be an exclusive master class requiring a different ticket to that of 20 June, shortly to be on sale at the Wine Experience website: www.lacatadelbarriodelaestacion.com

The the previous three editions of Haro Station Wine Experience were led by the Masters of Wine Sarah Jane Evans (2018), Pedro Ballesteros (2016) and Tim Atkin (2015). Each left their mark on the district, turning their respective editions into an unforgettable event.

 Josep Roca Biography

Josep Roca (Girona, 1966) is maître-sommelier and co-owner of El Celler de Can Roca (Michelin 3*, Girona). Together with his two brothers, Joan and Jordi, respectively chef and pastry chef, he grew up among dishes in the kitchen in his parents’ restaurant, Can Roca, where their passion for cuisine flourished. In 1985 he finished his studies at l’Escola d’Hosteleria de Girona and, on the following year, he partnered with his brother Joan to open El Celler de Can Roc, next to his parents’ restaurant. The first Michelin star arrived in 1995 and the second, in 2002. They received the National Gastronomy Award in 2004. In 2009 they attained the third Michelin star, the same year that Josep Roca published the book Vins Compartits together with the journalist Marcel Gorgori, with whom he appeared on the En Clau de Vi show on Channel 33. In 2012, they received the award for Best Wine List in the Revue du Vin de France, as well as that of Personalities of the Year. In both 2005 and 2011, Josep received the Prix au Sommelier from the Académie Internationale de la Gastronomie, while in 2010, he won the National Gastronomy Award in the Best Sommelier category. In 2013 and 2015, Restaurant Magazine named El Celler de Can Roca the best restaurant in the world, while in 2013 it was named S. Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant, year in which it also won the Gueridón de Oro prize.

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.

Shanghai to toast Haro Station Wine Experience

On 16 November, the six Station District wineries offer one of the five exclusive masterclass tastings offered at the Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter. Only one hundred wineries from across the world have been selected to be present at one of Asia’s leading international wine events.

The Haro Station Wine Experience is travelling to Shanghai on 16 November to participate in the Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter, to which it was invited months ago by the prestigious publishing group, Decanter Shanghai. This is the most important event organized by the British publication in the Asian continent, with 100 wineries from around the world, specially selected by the magazine’s tasting panel and management.

The event’s official programme includes five masterclasses, one given by the Station District wineries, which once again join forces to offer a journey along its history through its wines. María Urrutia, marketing director and the 5th generation of CVNE, Agustín Santolaya, general manager of Bodegas RODA, Mayte Calvo, technical director of Bodegas Bilbaínas, Guillermo de Aranzabal, chairman of Grupo La Rioja Alta, S.A., Eduardo Muga, co-owner of Bodegas Muga, and Juan Antonio Leza, general manager of Gómez Cruzado, will be personally conducting this special experience, enjoyed by a hundred outstanding Chinese professionals, buyers and expert tasters.

The wines to be tasted are:

  • Gómez Cruzado, Honorable, 2014
  • CVNE, Imperial Gran Reserva, 2012
  • Bodegas Bilbaínas, Viña Pomal Gran Reserva, 2010
  • Bodegas RODA, RODA I, 2004
  • Bodegas Muga, Prado Enea Gran Reserva, 2010
  • La Rioja Alta, S.A., Gran Reserva 890, 1995
  • Bodegas RODA, RODA I, 1995
  • La Rioja Alta S.A., Gran Reserva 904, 1985
  • Bodegas Bilbaínas, Viña Pomal Gran Reserva, 1978
  • CVNE, Imperial Gran Reserva, 1970
  • Bodegas Muga, Prado Enea, 1970
  • Gómez Cruzado, Honorable, 1964

The international Haro Station District

This activity is part of the international focus of the Station District wineries, which jointly promote their historic and cultural value as the cradle of Rioja wine and as one of the top wine tourism destinations in the world. The District’s decisive global drive began in New York City in May 2019 with a successful special event, the Rioja Railway Wine Experience, consolidating the six wine houses’ commitment to unite their philosophies, traditions and the recognized quality of their wines, and present them together around the world. The internationalization of the Haro Station Wine Experience now takes another decisive step, in another relevant foreign market, to bring the quality, personality and diversity of Rioja to wine professionals and wine lovers across the world.

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.

This Holiday season, give the 2020 Haro Station Wine Experience

  • 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 perfect gift for this Holiday Season comes in an elegant wood box, similar to those used for wine bottles, with a ticket to board the train of the best wine in La Rioja.
  • The Haro Station Wine Experience is a highly-valued and renowned wine and food event, which has earned numerous national and international awards and extensive recognition.

This Holiday Season, give tickets to the Haro Station Wine Experience, Spain’s great wine and food celebration. On 20 June 2020, Haro will be hosting a new event to enjoy the wines of CVNE, Gómez Cruzado, La Rioja Alta, S.A., Viña Pomal Bodegas Bilbaínas, Bodegas Muga and Bodegas RODA.

The most sophisticated gift comes in an elegant wood box, similar to those used for wine bottles, to hold tickets to the Haro Station Wine Experience. Each ticket includes access to the Station District, a tasting of twelve prestigious wines (two per winery), tastings of typical Riojan food and much more. All this can be purchased through the official website of the event for €90.

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.

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.

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