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Haro Station Wine District establishes itself among the best wine tourism destinations in the world

Huge success of the 2nd edition of Haro Station Wine Experience: Haro welcomed over 4,500 wine and food lovers who came from all over the world to attend a unique international event, organised by seven iconic Rioja wineries.

Its wine, history and culture are the true protagonists of Haro Station Wine District, founded in the 19th century and an emblem of quality wine tourism.

Over 4,500 wine and food lovers have made their way to Haro Station Wine District to enjoy the 2nd edition of the Haro Station Wine Experience. A unique wine festival promoted by seven Rioja wineries: López de Heredia Viña Tondonia; La Rioja Alta, S.A.; Bodegas Muga; Bodegas RODA; CVNE; Bodegas Bilbaínas and Bodegas Gómez Cruzado.

Throughout the whole day, the people attending were able to visit the entire premises, of an exceptional cultural and historic nature; taste a selection of 14 wines, accompanied by seven Riojan tapas; participate in different activities related with the world of wine; discover the architectural features of the district; and enjoy live music performances.

The wines offered for the occasion were Gran Reserva 904 2005 and Viña Ardanza 2007, from La Rioja Alta, S.A.; Viña Tondonia Tinto Reserva 2004 and Viña Bosconia Tinto Reserva 2005, from López de Heredia Viña Tondonia; Muga Reserva Selección Especial 2011 and Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2004, from Bodegas Muga; RODA 2011 and RODA I 2009, from Bodegas RODA; Asua Crianza 2012 and Cune Reserva 2010, from CVNE; La Vicalanda Reserva 2010 and Viña Pomal Rosado 2015, from Bodegas Bilbaínas; and Gómez Cruzado Blanco 2015 and Honorable 2012, from Bodegas Gómez Cruzado.

On the other hand, the people enjoying the activities found them to be both appealing and original. R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia showed his ‘Historical Exhibition’, in which they use photographs and centenary works to go through the winery’s history; CVNE invited everyone to visit the ‘Caro at CVNE’ exhibition, a selection of sculptures distributed around the winery, created by Anthony Caro, one of the leading British artists of the 20th century; Gómez Cruzado presented ‘Wine craftsmen: the wineskin maker’, an exhibition of the trade of goatskin flasks and wineskins for transporting and drinking wine; La Rioja Alta, S.A. offered the ‘Manual racking by the light of a candle’, an ancient technique carried out by the winery to clean wine sediment naturally; Bodegas Bilbaínas gave demonstrations of manual ‘Cava disgorgement’, a process for removing the lees that come from the second fermentation of cava; Bodegas Muga performed a demonstration of ‘Barrel stave bending’ to show the people attending how to make a handcrafted wineskin; and much to everyone’s enjoyment, Bodegas RODA opened the doors of their admirable cellar.

A workshop for professionals 

Prestigious chefs and sommeliers, together with national and international press members of the wine sector, met up the day before the Haro Station Wine Experience was held. During the event, Pedro Ballesteros, the only Spanish Master of Wine, was named ‘Maquinista del Año’, a prize awarded to Tim Atkin in the previous edition.

Especially for the occasion Pedro Ballesteros, accompanied by the oenologists of the seven wineries, offered an extraordinary Master Class. An interactive and unrepeatable en primeur tasting that allowed the participants to discover the origin and secrets of the blended wines so characteristic of Haro District and which form part of the genesis of the Rioja wines produced today.

Haro, one of the world’s unique wine tourism destinations 

There is no other place in the world like Haro Station Wine District, located in the heart of Haro (La Rioja, Spain) and home to the highest concentration of 100-year-old wineries in the world. Built around a central axis, a railway station, it is a magical spot for its most important protagonist: wine. It is considered the birthplace of Rioja wine, which first began to appear in the second half of the 19th century, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, as a consequence of using recently-invented trains instead of the traditional transport system of horses and carts. Hence the name of the place that, furthermore, due to successful marketing campaigns that have spread its name around the world, has become firmly established.

The first edition of this great festival, held in September 2015, was the winner of the ‘Best of’ prize for the best wine tourism initiative awarded by the international network of great wine cities, ‘Great Wine Capitals’.

Haro Station District (La Rioja), only wine-tourism destination of its kind in the world, presents second edition of great wine festival

 The Haro Station Wine Experience will be held on 17 September 2016, a festive event where participants can enjoy the wines of seven of the most emblematic Spanish wineries.

 On 17 September, Haro will welcome visitors to the second edition of the Haro Station Wine Experience, a unique wine-tourism event organised by seven of the most emblematic Spanish wineries. The event is open to the public, with the emblematic Station District in Haro (La Rioja) transformed into a huge party and the doors to the wineries open so visitors can enjoy their great wines along with the best of La Rioja cuisine. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the region with the greatest concentration of hundred-year-old wineries in the world.

The Haro Station Wine Experience is a not-to-be-missed event for wine lovers, organised by the seven wineries located in the Station District of Haro: La Rioja Alta, S.A.; López de Heredia Viña Tondonia; Muga; Bodegas RODA; CVNE; Bodegas Bilbaínas and Gómez Cruzado.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.lacatadelbarriodelaestacion.com for 50 (early-bird price €40). The ticket includes tasting 14 great wines (two at each winery) and seven La Rioja tapas, as well as wine-related activities and live music at each winery.

Several travel packages have been created for this event, for those coming from other areas of the country or the world, in order to offer an unforgettable weekend in Haro and its surroundings.

National package: includes two nights’ accommodation at three- and four-star hotels in Haro and its surroundings, ticket to the Haro Station Wine Experience, transfer from the hotel to the events, and travel insurance.

International package: from the Bilbao airport, includes two nights’ accommodation at four-star hotels in Bilbao and the Haro area, ticket to the Haro Station Wine Experience, transfer from the hotel to the events, travel insurance and optional visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

The Station District and its wineries, which are open to the public every day, attract more than 100,000 national and foreign visitors each year. People come from countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the United States, Brazil and Mexico to get a first-hand experience of winemaking in this neighbourhood which is a benchmark in wine tourism, a great tradition within the Spanish winemaking community and the cradle of Rioja wines. The wineries in the district, which have seen an increase in visitors (up nearly 30% in the past five years), have developed a wide variety of wine-tourism experiences and all have wine bars where visitors can taste wines with small dishes.

Haro, unique wine-tourism destination 365 days a year 

Cuisine plays an important role in La Rioja, which is known for its agriculture and produce-driven culinary specialties. Tradition and innovation come together at the hands of talented Rioja chefs, who have put the region’s cuisine on the map. The architecture surrounding the Station District is also a great reason to come to the second edition of this great festival. In this setting, structures from the 19th century commingle with the most cutting-edge architecture, such the wineries designed by Zaha Hadid, the first woman to win the Pritzker architecture award. In addition to the hundred-year-old vineyards, the microclimate in the area –near the Ebro River, sheltered by the Sierra de Cantabria and the Obarenes Mountains– also gives this area a unique landscape.

The cultural offering in the region is complemented by other popular tourist attractions, such as the Way of St. James and the monasteries route. Given its great location, Haro is easily accessible from foreign destinations via the Bilbao airport and, on a national level, Madrid (by motorway or toll road) and Barcelona (by long-distance train) are also easy to reach. And, of course, other regional capitals are also nearby, including Logroño, Vitoria, Bilbao, San Sebastián and Burgos, among others.

The Haro Station District is a unique destination in terms of wine tourism all year long. However, there is no time better than during the second edition of the Haro Station Wine Experience on 17 September, a day in which the seven wineries open their doors and offer visitors great wines in a festive setting, full of activities and live music and entertainment.

The first edition of this great festival, held in September 2015, brought together more than 5,000 visitors for unique experience that won the “Great Wine Capitals” Award for the best oenotourism initiative.

Tickets for the second edition of the Haro Station Wine Experience on sale now

Advance tickets go on sale today online at www.lacatadelbarriodelaestacion.com and www.entradium.com and will be available for a limited time only at € 40 each.

The 2nd  Haro Station Wine Experience will be held on 17 September 2016, a festive event where participants can enjoy the wines of some of the most emblematic Spanish wineries, located in the neighborhood with more hundred-year-old wineries than any other in the world.,

Tickets for the second edition of the Haro Station Wine Experience are on sale now through the websites www.lacatadelbarriodelaestacion.com and  www.entradium.com for a limited time at a special price of €40 (later €50). Tickets include a tasting of fourteen great wines, seven typical La Rioja tapas, wine related activities at each of the wineries, live music, and more.

On  Saturday 17 September, from 11 am to 6:30 pm, the emblematic Station District in Haro (La Rioja) will come alive with the second edition of this great winemaking and wine tourism event. In 2015, it was a resounding success, with the seven participating wineries welcoming more than 4,500 visitors. This magnificent result in its debut year garnered the initiative the 2015 Best Of award from Turismo Vitivinícola Bilbao-Rioja. This emblematic location stands out from other world-renowned winemaking regions for its high concentration of wineries with more than one hundred years of history, all located right around the Haro railway station:  López de Heredia Viña Tondonia, CVNE, Bodegas Gómez Cruzado, La Rioja Alta S.A., Bodegas Bilbaínas, Bodegas Muga and  Bodegas Roda.

The event is promoted by  Asociación para el Desarrollo Turístico del Barrio de la Estación (ADT –  Association for Tourism Development in the Station District), an association set up by the seven wineries in the Haro Station District in order to promote tourism in the area through joint activities, consolidating this prestigious area as one of the main oenotourism destinations in the world.

Haro Station District (La Rioja), one of the world’s most outstanding wine tourism destinations, will host in September the second edition of its wine & gastronomy festival

On September 17, 2016, the Haro Station District (La Rioja) will be home to the second edition of La Cata del Barrio de la Estación (Haro Station District Wine-Tasting Festival).

For the second year running, one of the world’s most outstanding wine tourism destinations will hold a wine festival, unique in Spain, organized by seven of the most emblematic wineries in the world of wine, and all concentrated in the same district, the birthplace of Rioja wine. These are López de Heredia Viña Tondonia, CVNE, Bodegas Gómez Cruzado, La Rioja Alta S.A., Bodegas Bilbaínas, Bodegas Muga and Bodegas RODA.

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