Solo dos candidatos españoles a los Wine Star Awards

Dominados por los estadounidenses y con una mínima representación europea, los Wine Enthusiast’s Annual Wine Star Awards han hecho pública su relación de candidatos. Estos galardones, que reconocen a personas y empresas que han efectuado grandes aportaciones al mundo del vino y otras bebidas alcohólicas, están divididos en 15 categorías. Nuestro país solo aparece en dos de ellas en esta 21ª edición, mejor región del año y mejor bodega europea del año, con un solo aspirante en cada una. A continuación los dos únicos seleccionados y sus méritos, según la revista neoyorquina:

 Wine Region of the Year

  • Rías Baixas, Spain

The Rías Baixas appellation is the historic home of Albariño, Spain’s famed white wine. Technically there are other white wines grown in the region, but Albariño makes up about 90% of the production. So, while wineries from Oregon to Uruguay are helping make the grape popular today internationally, Rías Baixas wines are still the global leaders. Located in the Spanish region of Galicia, sometimes known as “Green Spain,” the Rías Baixas climate is cool and coastal unlike much of inland Spain. Exposed to the Atlantic, Galicia enjoys plentiful seafood, which is a big part of the draw for visitors.

European Winery of the Year

  • Bodegas del Palacio de Fefiñanes, Spain

This historic Albariño producer is located on the waterfront in Cambados, one of the main towns in the Salnes region of Rías Baixas. Modern wines have been made here since the early 1900s, but the estate dates back to the 17th century. The winery’s president, Juan Gil de Araujo, is proud of Fefiñanes’ pioneering effort to focus on Albarino in making four different wines that total 12,000 cases. The wines are consistently excellent, thanks in part to the input of consulting winemaker Cristina Mantilla, who was profiled in Wine Enthusiast‘s March 2020 Advocacy Issue.

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