The Douro Region dominates the Portuguese winners with 3 producers, W&J Graham’s, Quinta do Noval and Taylor Fladgate, the Vinho Verde region is once again on the list with Quinta de Soalheiro and the Bairrada region with Luis Pato.
The months preceding the grape harvest in South Australia are awash with cyclists from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) WorldTour weaving their way through the wine regions, making great use of an undulating landscape blanketed in orchards and vineyards, and fuelled by coffee… and wine.
The 2020 Napa Valley Marathon and Half Marathon is set for March 1, 2020. Established in 1979, Napa Valley Marathon has always been dedicated to fostering and promoting quality road racing in an inspiring setting. The marathon has earned a reputation for outstanding runner support, attention to detail, and a beautiful point-to-point course. 2019 saw the addition of the half marathon to their catalog of events, making the race weekend experience available for more runners to enjoy the Napa Valley.
A wine region is an admirable and seductive scenery for any kind of sports competition and the excellent nectars produced there are a sign of quality, whose promotion can be conveyed through different types of sports.
A sublime example of this connection was, decades ago, Rali de Portugal/Vinho do Porto.
Le Marathon des Châteaux du Médoc is known as the world’s longest marathon. The route is the official 42,195 km distance of course, but for some it is a lot longer thanks to the many distractions on the route.
27 October 2019 : Through the city, along the shores of Lake Geneva and through the UNESCO-listed Lavaux vineyards, each participant finds the right route for them and their ability from a choice of different disciplines and distances. On the Sunday, nearly 13,500 competitors come together to beat records or simply challenge their personal best. Not forgetting the ever-growing number of enthusiastic spectators who come to cheer on their champions or just to join in with the sporting spirit of the Olympic capital.
There simply seems no cleverer combination than wine and sports! Look at it this way: While sports fans are happy to enjoy both things at the same time, the lazybones among us could see it as an inspiration to do at least some sports. Anyway, exercise is good and wine is even better.
During the recent visit to Rioja of a one hundred-person delegation from the World Tourism Organization, its Secretary-General Zurab Polokikashvili confessed that he was “in love with La Rioja”. It’s not surprising, given Rioja’s spectacular scenery, the well-deserved reputation of Rioja wines, the wineries’ increasing focus on tourism, and the region’s vibrant food culture.
The US magazine Wine Enthusiast recently nominated three wineries from Rioja (Muga, CVNE and Vivanco) to receive Wine Star awards. The awards honor outstanding members of the worldwide wine and spirits industry.