This year Wines from Rioja has worked in partnership with Imbibe magazine on a number of activities targeted at the UK on trade. We kicked off 2015 with a series of panel tastings with experts from four sectors of the on-trade – gastro pubs, fine dining restaurants, wine and cocktail bars, and neighbourhood restaurants – followed by the creation of an impressive four metre high Rioja-themed stand at Imbibe Live, a series of advertorials in Imbibe magazine, and finally an epic trip to the Rioja region with one lucky member from each tasting panel.
Last week, Wines from Rioja took Giancarlo Cuccuru (formerly The Gilbert Scott), Tamas Tengelics (formerly Grain Store), Ali Finch (Cubbitt House), and Caroline Brangé (Flint Wines) to the Rioja region for three days of winery visits, delicious tapas and vineyard cycles.
Here is a snapshot of what the group got up to during their stay…
Enjoying the autumnal vineyard views
Sampling wines from nine Rioja wineries in just three days
Tasting delicious local food at almost every stop
Getting lost amongst thousands of French, American and Russian oak barrels
Special thanks to the following wineries for hosting us during the trip; Rioja Vega, Bodegas Roda, Bodegas Viñedos de Aldenueva, Bodegas LAN, Bodegas Ysios, Bodegas La Marquesa Valserrano, Marqués de Vargas, Martínez Lacuesta, Finca La Emperatriz.