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Pedro Vivanco, the third generation of a family devoted to Rioja wine and founder of the Dinastía Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture, recently received Spain's 'medalla al Mérito en el Trabajo' (Medal of Merit for Work) for his many years of experience as a winemaker and director of several wineries, as well as a promoter of wine culture.  The government of Spain noted in the awards ceremony that Mr. Vivanco "succeeded in positioning Rioja wines and everything surrounding them in a situation of privilege on an international scale".

19 winners, including 6 Gold awards

During the 12th Night of the Best Of Wine Tourism awards ceremony in Bordeaux, no less than 19 trophies were attributed, including 6 Gold Best Of trophies. The recipients were rewarded for their excellent contributions to wine tourism.

Last Tuesday, on October 9th, at the Winery ViñaMar located in Casablanca Valley, Chile. The Vine Growing Association of Casablanca Valley, Valparaiso municipality and Casablanca municipality celebrated the Best Of Wine Tourism 2015 awards ceremony.

The event was attended by the Valparaiso Mayor Jorge Castro, Mayor of Casablanca Rodrigo Martinez and Mario Agliati President of the Vine Growing Association of Casablanca Valley, who presented the winners of the seven categories of the Best Of Wine Tourism, these awards celebrate innovation and excellence in wine tourism.

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Mendoza celebrated the best of the local Wine Tourism.

As Great Wine Capitals, the Best of Mendoza’s Wine Tourism 2015 highlighted and gave value to the provincial enotouristic tourism.

Arts and culture enthusiasts have always known that wine and food may be Napa’s major calling cards, but they’re far from the only enticing reasons to visit the Wine Country.

“We’ve seen a tremendous, very exciting shift in the valley over the last five years toward emphasizing and acknowledging the region’s burgeoning arts scene,” says Brenda Lhormer, co-founder with her husband, Marc, of the Napa Valley Film Festival, which kicks off its fourth annual five-day run on Nov. 12.

From 6 October, Air Europa, an airline belonging to the Spanish company Globalia, starts flying between Madrid and Porto, on planes Embraer 145, with capacity for 50 passengers.

The new route of Air Europa will have 4 daily flights, from Monday to Friday, and two on weekends.

The first flight will take off at 06:40 arriving to Porto at 7:00, local time, departing to Madrid at 7:30 arriving there at 9:40.

Santander, Spain-based Ken Baldwin was declared the winner of the second Guest Bloggers Competition sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. Ken’s post Totally Spain's La Rioja Winery Guide (http://greatwinecapitals.com/blog/totally-spains-la-rioja-winery-guide) was selected by an international jury from the ten Great Wine Capitals.  19 bloggers submitted 30 posts to the competition, with eight finalists selected by the jury.

The American film director, winner of three Oscars by the Academy, is the guest of honour of the 5th edition of the Douro Film Harvest, the International Film Festival taking place of the amazing landscape of the Douro Valley Wine Region, World Heritage by UNESCO.

The wellknown director will be visiting Porto on the 26 September, and from here to the Douro Valley Wine Region.

This year the festival features a wider and varied format with Spain as the guest country.

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On 19 September, 3 of Porto Best Of Wine Tourism Awardees will be present at the 1st edition of the Douro Wine Fest, from 18 to 21 September, in Peso da Régua.

The Douro Wine Fest proposes an intense programme dedicated to Wine&Gastronomy, with more than 50 activities throughout the 4 days of the festival, such as commented tastings, showcooking, wine masterclasses and Chiefs’ duels, always with Douro Wines as an ingredient or as a perfect pairing.

On 19 September, three of the winners of the Best Of Wine Tourism, will be presenting their wines at the Douro Wine Fest:

On 18 September 1908 was signed the Law Chart demarcating the Vinhos Verdes Region. It completes 106 years in 2014 – a long history with a very promising future.

To celebrate the date there will be a dinner taking place on 19:00, as well as a ceremony of delivery of the awards for the Vinhos Verdes & Gastronomy 2014 Competition.

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