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La Junta of Castile and León gears up for first Duero International Wine Fest

Published:  04 September, 2018

La Junta of Castile and León – the governing body of Castile and León, is gearing up for the launch of a new international event aimed at highlighting the potential of the different terroirs and ecosystems of the Ribera de Duero DO.

Taking place 7 and 8 September in Burgos, Duero International Wine Fest will include masterclasses and conferences aimed at positioning wines from Castile and León among “the best in the world”, with wine experts from around the world poised to attend.

In addition, the results of a project that was initiated in 2002, aimed at recovering and characterising minority varieties from Castile and León that are in risk of extinction, will be unveiled at the two-day event.

The project had made it possible to identify the location of a significant number of minority varieties, while also determining the importance of approximately 25 new varieties that were neither registered nor officially recognized, according to La Junta of Castile and León.

Of those, 14 had the required characteristics for producing quality wines, said the organisation.

“The tastings and conferences will highlight the real potential of the different terroirs and ecosystems of the Ribera de Duero DO and will be addressed from multiple perspectives, such as the diversity of soils and varieties, or the classification of the terroir, along with the Douro River and its effect on the various surrounding geographical areas, and its major global impact,” said a spokesperson.

The event, which is promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of the Government of Castile and León, had been “very well-received”, she added.

The first edition of the Duero International Wine Fest will share the agenda with two other initiatives hosted by Burgos across the weekend - the International Zarcillo Awards, sponsored by the OIV, which will bring around one hundred tasters from all over the world together, as well as a series of historical palaces and unique buildings opening their doors to allow wineries to showcase their wines.