Three outstanding wine tourism projects were honored on October 9 at the 12th annual ‘Best Of Wine Tourism awards ceremony held at the University of Deusto in Bilbao.
The 2015 ‘Best of Wine Tourism Awards’ were presented to Bodegas Marqués de Murrieta, Bodega Urbana and Bodegas Campo Viejo.
Bodegas Marqués de Murrieta-Logroño
Luciano de Murrieta founded the winery in 1877, making wines from vineyards on the property following methods learned in Bordeaux. In 1983 the property was purchased by Vicente Cebrián, Count of Creixell. His children Dalmau and Cristina have managed the estate since 1996.
The property has been painstakingly restored in a project lasting seven years, with the help of a team of stonemasons from Galicia who have followed the original blueprints.
Bodega Urbana (the Urban Winery), as its name indicates, is located on the Gran Vía in Bilbao, the city’s most important thoroughfare. It is a winery, wine shop and tapas bar rolled into one, allowing visitors to blend their own wine from a gleaming row of stainless steel tanks containing single varietal wines.
Bodega Urbana is an important meeting point for wine and other cultural activities, organizing wine and food pairings, gourmet food presentations and literary events.
Bodegas Campo Viejo-Logroño
Bodegas Campo Viejo was honored with a Best Of Wine Tourism award for its ‘Streets of Colour’ project carried out in collaboration with the street artists Okuda from Cantabria in Spain and the French artist Remed. The artists take their work to the streets of the world to interest young consumers in wine culture by means of graffiti and wine tastings. Their work can be seen on the website www.liveuncorked.com . These artists have created a sculpture that can currently be found in the Campo Viejo winery near Logroño.
In addition to these three prizes, the jury gave Bodegas CVNE and Bodegas Viña Real an Honorable Mention for their history and contributions to wine culture.
About the Great Wine Capitals Global Network
Founded in 1999, the Great Wine Capitals Global Network is an alliance of ten internationally renowned wine regions – Bordeaux, France; Cape Town, South Africa; Christchurch|South Island, New Zealand; Florence, Italy; Mainz|Rheinhessen, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina; Porto, Portugal; Bilbao|Rioja, Spain, San Francisco|Napa Valley, USA and Valparaiso|Casablanca Valley in Chile. The Best Of Wine Tourism awards serve as an industry benchmark for excellence and recognize leading wineries and wine-tourism related businesses within each Great Wine Capital that have distinguished themselves in areas such as innovation, service and sustainable practices. For more information visit greatwinecapitals.com.
Written by Decanter