The six organising wineries unveil the twelve great wines that will be uncorked next 20 June along with the creations of some of the country’s most renowned restaurants and chefs: El Celler de Can Roca, Venta Moncalvillo, Íkaro, Azurmendi, Nerua and Zalacaín.
Sommelier Josep Roca, 2020 Engine Driver of the Year, will offer an exclusive master class on 19 June, open to the public with advance tickets.
From left to right: Guillermo de Aranzábal, Agustín Santolaya, Mayte Calvo de la Banda, Josep Roca, María Urrutia, Juan Antonio Leza and Eduardo Muga.
The Haro Station Wine Experience presented today the fourth edition of the great gourmet festival, to be held on 20 June in Haro. It will once again be an unforgettable day, thanks to the brilliant wine and food proposal that the six wineries have arranged for an event that will be enjoyed by more than 3,500 visitors from all over the world.
The Haro Station Wine Experience has revealed the great wines that each winery has chosen for the occasion: Monopole Clásico 2017 and Imperial Reserva 2016, by CVNE, Viña Pomal Gran Reserva 2012 and Lumen Reserva 2017, by from Bodegas Bilbaínas Viña Pomal, Flor de Muga 2019 and Muga Reserva Selección Especial 2015, by Bodegas Muga, Montes Obarenes Blanco 2016 and Honorable 2016, by Bodegas Gómez Cruzado, Viña Arana Gran Reserva 2012 and Viña Ardanza 2010 Selección Especial, by La Rioja Alta, S.A, and RODA 2016 and RODA I 2015 by Bodegas RODA.
An offering of great wines accompanied by truly luxurious cuisine by the chefs of some of the most significant restaurants in the country, known for their exceptional wine lists and for considering wine an essential component of their culinary proposal. The Roca brothers (El Celler de Can Roca), the Echapresto brothers (Venta Moncalvillo), Iñaki Murúa and Carolina Sánchez (Íkaro), Eneko Atxa (Azurmendi), Josean Alija (Nerua) and Julio Miralles (Zalacaín) are the chefs whose tapas will accompany this year’s great wines. The sweet ending will be provided by the master chocolatier and confectioner from La Rioja, Juan Ángel Rodrigálvarez.
The presentation in Madrid also revealed another of the great new features of this fourth edition. It is the celebration the day before, Friday 19 June, of an exclusive master tasting led by the sommelier Josep Roca, 2020 Engine Driver of the Year, open to the public, but with limited capacity, for which it will be necessary to purchase a ticket in advance.
Roca expressed his delight, adding that “it is a source of pride to have received the title of 2020 Engine Driver of the Year. For me it is a huge opportunity to be a part, as ambassador, of a very important event that offers happiness linked to the land. The Haro Station Wine Experience is the most important wine event that can be shown to the world. It teaches that wine is alive, that it is a lifestyle, a way of showcasing the landscape and making it known to everyone.”
The president of the Station District Association, María Urrutia, reiterated that “we are very happy with this fourth edition of the Haro Station Wine Experience, in which the commitment to haute cuisine is impressive, amply reinforced by an exceptional Engine Driver of the Year, Pitu Roca. I can’t help but encourage everyone to experience it on 20 June, as it will be a memorable event.
Ms Urrutia also announced the new impetus to be given to the Day for Professionals in the Haro Station Wine Experience, which, in 2020, will be held on Monday 27 April with hundreds of professionals (sommeliers, restaurateurs, distributors and journalists, among others) who will be able to enjoy the latest wines on the market from the six wineries, as well as their upcoming launches.
The presentation of this fourth edition of the Haro Station Wine Experience in Madrid was attended by the Regional Minister of Agriculture of the Government of La Rioja, Eva Hita, who wished to accompany the representatives of the six wineries which comprise this unique wine enclave: CVNE’s marketing director, María Urrutia; Bodegas Muga’s co-owner, Eduardo Muga; Bodegas RODA’s general director, Agustín Santolaya; Bodegas Bilbaínas Viña Pomal’s technical director, Mayte Calvo de la Banda; Gómez Cruzado’s viticulture manager and director, Juan Antonio Leza; and the president of La Rioja Alta, S.A., Guillermo de Aranzábal.
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.