Spain's Royal Academy of Gastronomy Honors ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ Winners Carlos Echapresto and Vivanco

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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.

Gourmet Echapresto,  the food and wine experiences company operated by the Venta Moncalvillo, won a regional ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ awards for Wine Tourism Services while the restaurant won an award for Best Restaurant.

The Vivanco Foundation and Family received special recognition from the Academy for its pioneering work promoting wine tourism.  The Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture in Briones near Haro houses a unique collection of wine-related antiques, memorabilia, art, glassware, and wine literature.  The focus of the museum is the history of wine culture around the world, in addition to the Rioja region.

Santiago and Rafael Vivanco have followed in the footsteps of their recently deceased father Pedro to promote wine culture, in their own words “giving back to wine what wine has given to us”.

Vivanco received ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ awards in 2005 for Architecture, Parks and Gardens and in 2008 and 2013 for Art and Culture.

Santiago and Rafael Vivanco


Photo credits:  LA RIOJA