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Friday 7th september


Opening of the Duero International Wine Fest.

Launching of the 1st edition of a biennial congress which aims to position Duero as one of the most important viniculture rivers in the world and claim the authenticity and quality of its wines.

- Hosts: Juanma Bellver and Alberto Fernández Bombín.


Bullipedia, part one: A collection of knowledge on wine and other drinks.

- Ferran Centelles, former sommelier of El Bulli and member of El Bulli Foundation team, Jancis Robinson’s correspondent in Spain and author of the book about pairing “Qué vino con este pato” (Planeta Gastro).


Tour through the world’s greatest wine rivers, ending at Duero.

- Fernando Mora (Master of Wine) and Amaya Cervera (wine journalist and founder of Spanish Wine Lover) explore the geographical diversity and hidden corners of winemaking in Castilla y León.


Duero wines in fine dining restaurants.

- Agustí Peris, sommelier at Etxebarri, 1 Michelin Star and 10th position in the 50 Best list.


Tribute to Castilla y León’s wine pioneers.

- Host: Jose Peñín, dean of the enological journalism in Spain, and Carlos Delgado, writer and journalist of El País newspaper, pioneer in Spain in publishing a weekly column of wines.


Round table: Building a successful brand.

- Pablo Álvarez, Managing Director of TEMPOS Vega Sicilia Group.

- Enrique Valero, General Manager of Abadía Retuerta and the hotel-restaurant Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine.

- Pedro Ruíz Aragoneses, General Manager of Pago de Carraovejas and Ossian.

- José Manuel Pérez Ovejas, Technical Director and winemaker of Bodega Hermanos Pérez Pascuas - Viña Pedrosa.

Host: Pilar Molestina, Director of El País’ Wine Yearbook.


Tasting: Ultreia with different soil types.

- Host: Raúl Pérez, owner of Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez (DO Bierzo).


Tasting: Jancisrobinson.com’s favourite Duero wines.

- Host: Ferran Centelles, Spain’s correspondent for the British wine website JancisRobinson.com.


Vinos de Villa, Vinos de Viña Clasificada, Grandes Vinos de Viña Clasificada.

- Álvaro Palacios, winery owner in Rioja, Priorat and El Bierzo and champion of viticultural zoning in Spain.

- Juancho Asenjo, wine critic, consultant and specialist instructor.


Wine & Food: Duero on international tables.

- Joanna Simon, renowned British wine critic and author of a book on matching: “Wine with Food” (Ed. Mitchell Beazley).


"The best Duero wines for Castilla y León’s sommeliers”.

- By Pablo Martín, President of the Unión de Asociaciones Españolas de Sumilleres, and ten of the best Castilla y León’s sommeliers.

- Hosts: Juan Manuel Bellver and Alberto Fernández Bombín.


Tasting: Douro, Porto, Duero: A cruise along 897 km of wine-supporting river.

- Host: Luis Gutiérrez, Spain, Argentina, Chile and Jura taster for The Wine Advocate.

Saturday 8th september


Tasting: Tour through wines from century-old DO Toro vineyards.

- Hosts: Markus Del Monego, Master of Wine and World’s Best Sommelier 1998, and Javier Rodríguez, owner of Bodegas Rodríguez Sanzo and Toro’s Garnacha recovery program promotor together with Pedro Ballesteros MW.


Perceptions of Castilla y León wines in international markets: Achievements and challenges.

- Luis Gutiérrez, Spain, Argentina, Chile and Jura taster for The Wine Advocate.


Origins and relationships of Duero\'s grape varieties.

- Dr. Jose? Vouillamoz, Senior expert in ampelography. Author of several studies and co-author with Jancis Robinson MW and Julia Harding MW of the book “Wine Grapes” (Allen Lane, 2012), which identifies 1.368 grape varieties.


Round table: The challenges of wine in the digital era.

- Rémi Martin, Data Coordinator at Wine-Searcher.

- Heini Zachariassen, Founder & Board Member at Vivino.

- Manel Sarasa, CEO at WineIsSocial.

Host: Rafael del Rey, OeMv (Observatorio Español del Mercado del Vino) Managing Director.


Castilla y León wines: Breaking into the Central European market.

- Markus Del Monego, Master of Wine and World’s Best Sommelier 1998.


Breaking into the American market.

- Christopher Cannan, founder of Europvin, an American importer with a unique portfolio of European fine wines and producer in Priorat.

- Andy Myers, Master Sommelier and Wine Director at Spanish chef José Andrés’ ThinkFood Group.

- Mike Miller, founder of Golden State Wine Co, Californian international wine importer, currently owned by Caballero Group.

- Host: José Ignacio Cuenca, writer, wine producer based in California and President of the American Academy of Gastronomy - West.


Tasting: Recovering minority varieties and forgotten winemaking practices.

- José Antonio Rubio, Doctor in Agronomist Engineering, Researcher in Viticulture and Head of the Woody and Horticultural Crops Unit from ITACYL (Agricultural Technological Institute of Castilla y Léon).

- Félix Cabello, Doctor in Agronomist Engineering, Researcher and Director of the Department of Agrifood Research. Madrid Institute for Rural Research and Development (IMIDRA).

- Host: Paco Berciano, owner of Vinoteca El Lagar in Burgos and partner in Alma Vinos Únicos, importer and distributor.



Program Duero International Wine Fest