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The event, driven by the Spanish Wine Federation, will be preceded by a declaration of commitment to the fight against climate change

On 10th June, the city of Barcelona is to host a congress driven by the Spanish Wine Federation (FEV), in collaboration with Alimentaria and the Vimac and Fivin Foundations, which aims to heighten awareness in the sector about the fight against climate change. Wineries for Climate Protection will look at the impact of global warming in the wine industry and will bring together numerous international wineries to talk about their experiences of protecting the environment and reducing CO2 emissions.

The congress will be presided over by former president of Chile and UN special envoy for climate change, Ricardo Lagos, and boasts the intervention of the chairman of the Spanish Wine Federation, Félix Solís, among others. Throughout the morning the theme of the congress will be focused around the experiences of international wineries in their fight against climate change, and will include the participation of international companies such as Moët et Chandon from France, and Fetzer Vineyards from the US, as well as various Spanish bodegas famous for their eco-friendly commitment: Vega Sicilia, Grupo Codoríu and Grupo Matarromera.

The forum’s afternoon session will focus on analysing the wine market tendencies of organic products and will listen to different points of view on the problem of climate change from important figures from the sector such as Miguel A. Torres, Ignacio Sánchez Chivite and Jose Luís Bonet. This last event, a round table, will be moderated by Spanish Master of Wine, Pancho Campo.

The day before the Wineries for Climate Protection congress takes place, the official signing of the ‘Declaración de Barcelona’ will be carried out; a declaration of intentions from the wineries and participants in the congress on their commitment to the flight against climate change.

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Freixenet has launched a new mainstream Spanish wine brand aimed at attracting more women to the Spanish wine category. Mia is billed as being a “wine made for women by a woman” in what Freixenet’s UK head of marketing, Suzanne O’Hara is heralding as the “biggest still wine launch of the year”.

It is the personal project of Freixenet winemaker, Gloria Collell, and consists of a red and white wine with a retail price of £7.99. But it has been specifically made to appeal to the female Freixenet buyer and tap in to the crucial mainstream female wine buying public that is said to account for eight out of 10 bottles of wines purchased in the UK.

The specially created wine label, which includes a bright, attractive, Gaudi style design around the Mia name, is the first wine in the Freixenet stable to include the personal details of the winemaker.

“This is a very personal project for me. Hence the name ‘Mia’ which means ‘mine’ in Spanish,” Collell told Harper Wine & Spirit. “I also wanted to use real Spanish grape varieties and help educate women about Spanish wines.”

The red wine, Signature Blend No 1, comes from Tempranillo grapes from Castilla and the white, Signature Blend No 2, uses a blend of Cava grape varieties from Cataluyna.

The Freixenet name is also clearly prominent on the front of the label to reassure and attract female consumers familiar with Freixenet’s sparkling wines.

Mia will be made available to Freixenet’s export markets and will be under screwcap for the UK market.

O’Hara said Mia had been carefully researched to ensure it appealed to its key audience and a £1m marketing campaign will include above the line activity including major press campaigns in the key female consumer press.

The wine is been sold in to the trade from and its £7.99 retail tag is expected to go out with an attractive promotional offer to encourage initial purchase and trial.

Written by Richard Siddle
Harpers wine&Spirit

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Critically acclaimed winery Bodega Numanthia, the emerging leader of Spanish iconic wines, is proud to announce that influential Spanish wine magazine Sobremesa named Bodega Numanthia’s 2008 Termanthia Tinta de Toro as top wine in their special anniversary edition celebrating the magazine’s 300th issue.

Established in 1984 by Spain’s most prestigious wine journalists, sommeliers and oenologists, Sobremesa which means ‘dessert’ in Spanish is one of Spain’s most important wine and gastronomy publications alongside Guia Penin.

For the special 300th edition, the editors of Sobremesa organized a blind tasting of Spain’s top wines, sherries and cavas for a panel of thirty-five judges — the majority being winemakers, to evaluate their wines against each other.  Wines in the tasting represented the most renowned wines of Spain such as Aro, Aurus, Cirsion, Clos Mogador, Dalmau, Pesquera Janus, Pesus, Pingus, Unico Vega Sicilia and Valduero.

Once the scores were tabulated, Bodega Numanthia 2008 Termanthia was unanimously recognized as the top red wine of the tasting, surpassing Unico Vega Sicilia and Pingus.

“A red wine which belongs with the best. It encapsulates great structure with an elegant complexity. The combination of fruit aromas (black fruits & ripe red fruits), menthol scents and a delicate hint of wood delivers a very seductive wine. In the mouth, it is intense with firm & silky tannins. It achieves the perfect balance, revealing final notes of balsamic & toasty aromas.”- Sobremesa, issue 300, 2011

Numanthia Termanthia 2008
Suggested Retail Price:  $200.00
Release Date: May 2011
Importer:  Moet Hennessy Estates & Wines
Website: “www.numanthia.com
About Bodega Numanthia

Founded in 1998, the Numanthia estate lies near the small village of Valdefinjas, in the province of Zamora. The name ‘Numanthia’ associates the towns of Numancia and Tiermes, known in ancient times for their resistance to Roman invaders. When attacked by the legions of Scipio in 134 BC, their inhabitants resisted heroically, preferring death to surrender. Numancia thus came to symbolize tenacity and resistance, which is also a feature of the Toro vineyards that survive the extreme local climatic conditions, not to mention Phylloxera attacks.

NEW YORK, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire

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The Priorat county celebrates its annual Wine Fair usually during the first weekend of May

It is dedicated to the two wine appellations of the county, the DOC Priorat and the DO Montsant. In 2008 the fair was moved to the castle area of Falset (Castell dels Comtes de Prades) which will soon be opened as a wine interpretation centre for the two wine appellations of the region. The wineries involved offer tastings of their wines in exchange for tasting tickets which can be purchased at the fair in the information tent. There are also parallel events taking place over the long weekend such as conferences, talks. wine-tasting courses, cooking contests, wineries opening up for visitors, guided olive oil tastings, wine and food pairings etc..

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