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Spain’s Royal Academy of Gastronomy recently announced its 2016 National Gastronomy Prizes for 2016.

Carlos Echapresto, co-owner and sommelier of the one Michelin-starred Venta Moncalvillo in La Rioja received the award for the best sommelier.  Echapresto is an internationally recognized wine specialist with a particularly deep knowledge of wines from the DOCa. Rioja.  The cellars house over 1300 different wines from all over the world.  The Academy emphasized Echapresto’s work as a tireless lecturer and promoter of Rioja wines.

Mainz Wine Market 2017 – a review

At this year’s wine market– the biggest wine event of Mainz at the end of August and beginning of September – the South Australian member of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network Adelaide was a special guest at the Great Wine Capital wine village in the city park. The city of Mainz was proud to welcome the oldest "family-owned winery" of Australia – the Yalumba Winery in Angaston represented by Heather Fraser. Next to the romantic rose garden of the city park visitors of the wine fair could taste all sorts of South Australian wines from Yalumba. As a highlight of each wine weekend a blind tasting took place on both Sundays including wines from Rhinehessen and the Yalumba Winery. Surprisingly most wines were guessed correctly which could not least be explained by the great interest of participants in South Australian wines in general and specifically in Yalumba wines. Especially one thing will be kept in mind: The interesting talks about essential features of Australian wines and in particular the differences between German and Australian wines.

Adelaide, South Australia was the international guest of honour at the recently Mainz Wine Market, an annual consumer wine festival held over two weekends in Mainz and attracting more than 400,000 guests.

With a symbolic ceremony in Viñamar, wineries and winegrowers of Casablanca together to the President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, celebrated the National Wine Day of Chile.

The Great Wine Capitals Global Network has just appointed their first ambassador in Bordeaux!

Meeting Between Valparaíso Casablanca Valley and Bilbao Rioja in Chile 


 

The Rioja Regulatory Council recently announced that it had joined the steering committee of Bilbao-Rioja as part of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

Fernando Salamero, president of the Council and administrative/finance director of Marqués de Riscal, winner of several Best Of Wine Tourism awards remarked, “The Council’s joining the Bilbao-Rioja partnership as part of our strategic plan should provide an important push to wine tourism in the Rioja region, giving us a more global vision.”

Porto is the third destination in the annual “World's Best Places to Visit. Ranking 2017” published by U.S. News Today. The only Portuguese city on the list comes after Rome and Sydney. Behind it are Paris, London, Machu Picchu, the Grand Canyon, Phuket and more places you can not miss.

Discover little gems of wine heritage, marvel at the architectural treasure, try out unusual accomodation or sample dishes from the Chef in the dining room of a Château.

"South Australian winemakers have come out on top in this year’s Young Gun of Wine Awards, with six making the top 12 for 2017."

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