Organized by the Unión Española de Catadores (Spanish Wine Tasters' Union - U.E.C.), this annual event is the only one in Spain to focus exclusively on the previous year's wines. It is also the oldest quality wine competition in Spain, which has been recognizing excellence in this country's young wines for more than thirty years.
This time around, the event had 559 participating wines representing sixty-two quality designations, all made with grapes from the 2016 harvest. Held on June 1st, the wines were subjected to a strict blind-tasting by a panel of fifty-five wine experts and members of the U.E.C., including iconic Spanish sommelier Custodio Zamarra.
In the end, four white wines: Tres Olmos Lías 2016 (DO Rueda), Albada Macabeo Viñas Viejas 2016 (DO Calatayud), Pé de Perdiz 2016 (DO Ribeiro) and Desconcierto 2016 (DO Rías Baixas); and three reds: Los Jalones Joven 2016 (DO Ribera del Duero), Marqués del Cerro Tempranillo 2016 (DOCa Rioja) and Remonte Maceración Carbónica 2016 (DO Navarra); were awarded the top prize, the Gran Baco de Oro, in addition to the most highly-scored wine of the entire event, white wine Mara Martín 2016 from DO Monterrei.
Additionally, sixty-six wines received Baco de Oro medals and thirty-eight received Baco de Plata medals. Also, Elena Adell of Pernod Ricard Winemakers Spain won the award for the "Best Enologist for Young Wines", while Desconcierto wine from Cambados Urban Winery (DO Rías Baixas) won the award for the "Best New Brand".
Eight Spanish Wines Receive Highest Award