Bilbao | Rioja

Wine Fandango, the latest addition to the growing group of gastrobars in Logroño, has just received the 2014 Award for Entrepreneurship sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of La Rioja. The award comes with a 3.000 euro cash prize.

UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization) recently added Bilbao to its Creative Cities Network in the ‘Design' category.

This international recognition allows Bilbao to join a select group of global cities recognized for design along with Berlin, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Shanghai, Montreal, Seoul, Nagoya, Kobe, Shenzen, Saint Étienne and Graz.

Other cities joining the Creative Cities Network in the Design category in 2014 are Helsinki (Finland), Torino (Italy), Curitiba (Brazil) and Dundee (Great Britain).

An exceptional harvest for this unique international contest celebrating wineries all over the world for excellence and innovation in welcoming visitors.

The 2015 winners of the Great Wine Capitals' International Best Of Wine Tourism awards were celebrated on November 6,  at Bodega Los Toneles in Mendoza, Argentina.

Campo Viejo Pernod Ricard Winemakers Spain, S.A.

The multicoloured sculpture that the internationally renowned street artists -the Cantabrian Okuda and the French Remed- , have risen in the vineyards of Campo Viejo winery will not leave anyone indifferent: it is a symbol of the winery activities in collaboration with artists in the streets of different cities of the world to bring wine culture to young public. 'Streets of Colour "is the wine event that goes all over the world: the artists perform their graffitis in the street while the winery encourages to taste the best of their barrels.

Campo Viejo Pernod Ricard Winemakers Spain, S.A.

La obra que los artistas callejeros de renombre internacional, el cántabro Okuda y el francés Remed, han levantado en los viñedos de la bodega Campo Viejo no deja indiferente a nadie. Pero, esta escultura multicolor es sólo un símbolo de las actividades que la bodega en colaboración con los artistas desarrolla en las calles de distintas ciudades del mundo para llevar la cultura del vino a la población más joven. ‘Streets of Colour’ es el evento vitivinícola que pasean por el mundo: los artistas realizan sus graffitis en la calle y la bodega anima a degustar lo mejor de sus barricas.

Marqués de Murrieta, S.A.

Splendid restoration of Ygay Castle founded in 1852 and built by Luciano Murrieta, the first owner and driving force of this iconic winery. In 1983 Vicente Cebrián, Creixell Count, acquired the winery and died thirteen years later. This ambitious project, developed by Creixell Count´s descendents, covered the whole complex of buidings. The restoration took seven years and has been made ​​stone by stone by stonemasons came from Galicia, Spain, with absolute respect for the history and original architecture of the buildings.

Marqués de Murrieta, S.A.

Extraordinaria rehabilitación del Castillo de Ygay, fundado en 1852 y construido por Luciano de Murrieta, el primer propietario e impulsor de esta emblemática bodega. El ambicioso proyecto de recuperación del complejo de edificios ha sido desarrollado por los hijos de Vicente Cebrián Sagarriga, Conde de Creixell, que adquirió la bodega en 1983 y falleció trece años después. La restauración ha durado siete años y se ha realizado piedra a piedra de la mano de canteros artesanos venidos desde Galicia, con absoluto respeto a la historia y la arquitectura original de los edificios.

Bodega Urbana SL

The concept radiates innovation and actuality, it tries to resuscitate the ancient “offices of wine” of neighbourhood and to bring the wine over again to “all the public”, to the understood ones and to those who are not so much, all this in a space multi-uses where coexist a wine vault, a shop and a bar.This project is directed to all the fans of the world of the wine, that nowadays the number is growing and with better knowledge, what implies a necessary progress of the services of the product.

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".

At Totally Spain we admire the work of the Great Wine Capitals Network (GWC) and have entered its Guest Bloggers Program competition for the past two years. Last year was the first year and we were very proud to have our entry included but alas no joy. This year, we entered again. And we WON!


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