Riojan companies opt for best of Tourism Award

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31 projects of 27 companies opt for one of the seventh edition of the best of Wine Tourism Awards of the world network of great wine Capitals in the Bilbao-Rioja area. The award ceremony will take place this Thursday at Bodegas Baigorri, in Samaniego.

These awards recognize companies that provide the best wine tourism services in the ten main wine-growing areas of the world: Adelaide (Australia), Bilbao-Rioja (Spain) Bordeaux (France), Lausanne (Switzerland), Mainz-Rheinhessen (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Oporto (Portugal), San Francisco-Napa Valley (United States), Valparaiso-Casablanca (Chile) and Verona (Italy). Seven categories are awarded: accommodation, restaurants, architecture, parks and gardens, art and culture, innovative experiences, wine tourism services and sustainable wine tourism practices. Once the local prize is chosen, it will compete with those chosen in the other nine wine-growing areas.

Applicant tourism business

Of the 27 applicant companies, a total of 18 come from La Rioja: Bodegas Altanza, La Vieja Bodega – Ayubowan, Asociación del Barrio de la Estación, Ayuntamiento de Haro, Bodega Carlos Moro, Bodegas Corral, Bodegas David Moreno, Fabres – Grupo Empresarial Criteria, Juan Carlos Sancha, La Bodegas del Tesoro, Bodegas Ojuel, purple Golf, Bodegas Ramón Bilbao, Segway, Bodegas Tarón, Bodegas Urbina, Wine & Soul Suites, Bodegas Vinícola Real.

Of Alava have been submitted to the awards to 9 companies: Bodegas Izadi, Bodegas Murúa, Bodegas Ostatu, Bodegas Torre de Ona, Bodegas Valdelana, Bodegas Valdemar, Villa Lucia, Hotel Viura, Bodegas Fernández de Piérola.

The jury is composed of independent members of the national journalism of the area of gastronomy, leisure-travel and tourism agencies, who have selected and examined the projects presented to the contest. This year the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and services of Álava chairs the organizing committee of the award ceremony, which are also presented by the chambers of Bilbao and La Rioja, the City Council of BIlbao and the Regulatory Council of La DOCa Rioja.

Best of International

The winners will be announced at the same award ceremony, which completes a first local Phase. Subsequently, Best of international will be selected with candidates from the other nine global network sites. This recognition will be delivered in the course of the Annual Conference of the Global Network of Great Wine Capitals, which will take place in Bordeaux between the 3 and 7 of November of this year.

In previous editions, several companies of la rioja and alavases have been made with the international award: The Wine Train (2018); Conde de los Andes (2017); Wineries and Vineyards Páganos (2016); Marqués de Riscal (2015); Marqués de Murrieta (2014); Museum Dynasty Vivanco (2013); Finca Los Arandinos (2012); Bodegas Campo Viejo (2011); Wine Oil Spa Hotel Villa de Laguardia (year 2010); Bodegas Muga (2009); Fundación Dinastía Vivanco (2008); Marqués de Riscal (year 2007); Ysios (2006); Paternina (2005); dinastia Vivanco (2004) and Juan Alcorta (2003).

The grapes only served to make simple homemade wines. The region woke up after World War II, when beach tourism moved from the Adriatic Sea to Tuscany. However, it was the success of their Winegrowers that brought the region out of its lethargy.

Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Masseto are some of the best wines in the world. Part of the select club of “supertoscanos” that were born at the beginning of the decade of the 70s, when Piero Antinori invented the Tignanello. Instead of betting on the Sangiovese grape variety, the most abundant in Tuscany, Antinori created a completely new wine.

The Great Wines of Bolgheri pointed to the gourmets the way to the southwestern end of Tuscany, a region that offers visitors something more than vineyards, Pleasant Hills and medieval cities: the sea. From Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci, the beach is only a quarter of an hour away.

From Bolgheri castle you can see the sea at the bottom of Cypress Avenue. Sandy beaches of several kilometers extend between towns where small spas, bars and restaurants are attached to each other.

More beautiful than the coarse sandy beaches near Bolgheri are the fine white sand beaches south of San Vincenzo. This small town is the maritime center of the region with its hundreds of sailing and motor yachts.

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