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2020 Haro Station Wine Experience postponed to 2021

  • The pandemic forces a move to 19 June 2021
  • Tickets already purchased for this year will be valid for the 2021 event.

The Station District Association has decided to postpone the Haro Station Wine Experience, which was to be held on 20 June 2020, due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19. The new date for the celebration of this great wine and food festival, a world reference in wine tourism, is 19 June 2021.

The postponement is taken as a responsible, preventive measure to ensure that this great event maintains its true essence: the pleasure of sharing and toasting together with the best wines of La Rioja. Therefore, the organization has decided to set a new date for the Haro Station Wine Experience and ensure its continuity for all wine and food lovers who had planned to attend the event this year.

Tickets purchased for the 2020 event are valid for the 2021 event and do not need to be replaced. In addition, a box of six of the twelve wines that would have been tasted in the 20 June edition this year will be offered for purchase (one from each winery), so attendants can hold a virtual alternative Wine Experience to coincide with the date of the postponed tasting. However, anyone who wishes to do so may request a refund of the early bird price.

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The 2021 edition will have the same philosophy and characteristics as the celebration planned for 2020. The six participating wineries (Bodegas RODA, Bodegas Bilbaínas Viña Pomal, CVNE, Bodegas Muga, La Rioja Alta, S.A. and Gómez Cruzado) will each be offering two wines, as well as various dishes and a dessert prepared by renowned chefs.

The Haro Station Wine Experience

 Every two years, the Station District opens its doors to welcome this 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 unforgettable day where Rioja wine and cuisine are the true key players.  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 and the Rioja Capital Award for a Unique Initiative granted by the Government of La Rioja in 2016. More recently, the Haro Station Wine Experience earned the 2018 award for Best Wine Tourism Initiative given by Wine Routes of Spain and the Mass Vino association of media wine communicators Best Wine Tourism Experience of the Year award.

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.

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