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A group of winemakers from Rheinhessen recently visited Rioja  to learn about viticulture and winemaking in our region as well as the control procedures created by the Rioja Regulatory Council.

While in the Rioja region, the group visited Bodegas Franco-Españolas, Bodegas Campo Viejo, Bodegas R. López de Heredia, the Vivanco Wine Museum and Hospedería Los Parajes.  All of these properties have been winners of a ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ award. Other stops were at Bodegas Lecea and Bodegas Artuke.

With Valentine’s Day on 14th February immediately followed by Carnival on the 17th, Porto offers this year a wide choice of special programmes, from accommodation, to gastronomy & wines, history & culture, adventure, tours, and lots of entertainment.

27th January, The International Port Wine Day, was created in 2012 by the Center for Wine Origins (Washington), an institution founded by IVDP and CIVC (Champagne). To celebrate this date the Real Companhia Velha has launched a new reference for this famous nectar, the ‘Quinta das Carvalhas Reserva Ruby’ and refreshed the image of the ‘Quinta das Carvalhas Reserva Tawny’.


For  6 year running, travellers have been invited to select the best European destination! From Amsterdam to Zagreb, the 20 tourist destinations which will feature most in 2015 have been selected, among which, Bordeaux (France).

Porto, a Great Wine Capital, was elected in 2014... You can now select Bordeaux, another Great Wine Capital, as the best European destination for 2015!

No need to register, one click and your vote is in (one vote per person)!

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.

“The world's greatest wine region? If you're thinking Bordeaux, Burgundy or Napa Valley, it may be time to think again. Wines from Portugal's Douro Valley claimed three of the top four places in Wine Spectator's 2014 top 100 ranking — including the No. 1 spot awarded to Dow's 2011 Vintage Port.”, could be read on the online edition of USA Today on 15 December.

“We do love Lisbon, but Porto, Portugal’s second city, is going to be luring more visitors in 2015 as easyJet launches direct flights from Bristol, Luton and Manchester in April.”, says The Guardian.

Despite the low temperatures, 140000 people turned the Avenida dos Aliados into the hottest place in town to the sound of Clã and Expensive Soul on the biggest “réveillon” the city of Porto has ever lived.

Porto is definitely mandatory destination for those who wish to spend an unforgettable New Year’s Eve.

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).