More than 700 fine wine lovers visited the Decanter Spain and Portugal Fine Wine Encounter at the Landmark hotel in central London on Saturday 27 February. See photo highlights below and look out for tasting notes and reports on the day's masterclasses and discovery theatre sessions - including Ribera del Duero wines and premium, aged Cava - to be published on Decanter.com over the next week.
In Pictures: Decanter Spain and Portugal Fine Wine Encounter
Here are some of the lucky few who got to taste top Ribera del Duero wines under the tutelage of Sarah Jane Evans MW and a host of producers from the Spanish region. Look out for tasting notes and write-ups of the day's tasting classes on Decanter.com in the next few days.
The Decanter World Wine Awards judge kicks off the day with the first masterclass on single estate wineries across Spain.
A selection of wines from single estate wineries in Spain.
That wasn't all. Here's the rest of the single estate, Spanish wines served to masterclass guests. There were 12 wines in all.
Decanter's content director, John Stimpfig, hands over a cheque for £90,000 to WaterAid, the official charity of the Decanter World Wine Awards.
Enomatic machines are changing the way wine retailers do business.
Recaredo decided to show guests exactly how disgorgement works, with a live show by Jordi Mata, seen here in the traditional dress of a disgorger. Winemaker Ton Mata (left) was on-hand to speak about the family winery's heritage.
Freshly disgorged, aged premium Cava wines from Recaredo at a Discovery Theatre session at the Decanter Spain & Portugal Fine Wine Encounter.
Wine tasting doesn't have to be deadly serious all of the time.
Portugal's wine industry is in an exciting place, according to many of those in-the-know. Here's the Douro Boys following their masterclass, which included 10 different wines.
The full selection of Douro Boys wines poured for guests at the day's second masterclass.
One of the best things about Decanter Fine Wine Encounters is the opportunity to discuss a variety of wines with the people who made them...
Two grand tasting rooms at the Landmark offered guests the chance to try great wines from some of the best producers in Spain and Portugal.
Alfredo Arribas talks Discovery Theatre guests through the diverse terroirs of Priorat and Montsant.
This Discovery Theatre session sold out early. Here's the wines that guests enjoyed on the day.
Masterclass guests are always given the time to compare a wine with others on the tasting sheet. Understanding those subtle differences is a crucial part of learning more about a region and a particular style, after all.
As a final Discovery Theatre treat, Stanley Moss of Araex & Spanish Fine Wines took guests on a whirlwind tour of some of the best wines and styles that modern Spain has to offer.
Sarah Jane Evans MW hosts the Ribera del Duero masterclass. Winemakers in the region are focusing more on terroir than in the past, drawing out important stylistic differences, she said.
The full line-up of Ribera del Duero wines poured at the masterclass.