Solar de Samaniego, awarded in the Best Of Wine Tourism Awards

Intervention of Guido van Helten in Solar de Samaniego
Intervention of Guido van Helten in Solar de Samaniego

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The Best Of Wine Tourism awards given annually by the Great Wine Capitals Network (GWC) were presented last November at the Guggenheim Bilbao. Bodegas Solar de Samaniego (Álava) was one of the winners for its great project to reinterpret the industrial architecture of the 1970s.

The Best Of Awards recognise excellence and innovation in the categories of Accommodation; Restaurants; Architecture, Parks and Gardens; Art and Culture; Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences; Wine Tourism Services and Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices.

In Álava, seven companies have applied for the awards: Bodegas Solar de Samaniego, Bodegas Izadi, Wine Oil Spa Sercotel Villa de Laguardia, Bodegas Baigorri, Bodegas Lozano, Ciudad del Vino Marqués de Riscal and Bodegas Javier San Pedro Ortega.

Wine Tourism Best Of Awards

The Best Of Wine Tourism Awards were created in 2003 at the initiative of the World Network of Great Wine Capitals, which brings together eleven capitals linked to wine regions of international prestige, to recognise excellence in wine tourism: Adelaide (Australia), Bordeaux (France), Cape Town (South Africa), Lausanne (Switzerland), Mainz-Rheinhessen (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), San Francisco-Napa Valley (United States), Valparaíso-Valle de Casablanca (Chile) and Verona (Italy).

Best Of Wine Tourism: Carlos Alonso Jentoft (Solar de Samaniego) and Eduardo Mozo (Cámara de Álava)
Best Of Wine Tourism: Carlos Alonso Jentoft (Solar de Samaniego) and Eduardo Mozo (Cámara de Álava)

Murals by Guido van Helten

The monumental artistic intervention of the Australian muralist Guido van Helten has turned the Espacio Medio Millón - large tanks with a capacity of half a million litres, never used - into a reference point for the region. A place where the intimate connection between the making of a wine and the writing of a book is revealed in an astonishing way. A place to Drink Between the Lines ('Beber Entre Líneas').

'Beber Entre Líneas'

This initiative is inspired by the origin of the winery, in its historic estate La Escobosa, belonging to the fabulist Félix Mª de Samaniego, fusing the cultures of wine and literature in an original way.

Awarded Best Wine Tourism Experience of the Wine Routes of Spain 2020, the visit is a tour inspired by the Beber Entre Líneas project, a fusion of the cultures of wine and literature. It offers visitors an unforgettable experience as they discover our renovated outdoor spaces next to the vineyard designed following an international competition with the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Landscapes and Heritage.

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