This Friday, July 9, the Vinari Awards will acknowledge the best young wines and wine tourism proposals in the country. 11Onze will be present as the main sponsor.
The Vinari Awards, organised by vadevi.cat, award the best Catalan wines of the year since 2013. In this edition, the first Catalan fintech community, 11Onze, joins the project as a sponsor. The aim is to raise awareness of the quality of Catalan wines and to support a key industry in our country.
According to data from Prodeca, the wine industry has a turnover of €1,200 million per year in Catalonia, and its structure is made up of more than 600 bottling wineries, 8,359 winegrowers and an area of 42,822 hectares, registered as Catalan PDO. In terms of employment, the sector employs 25,900 people, including vineyards, wineries, and services. Exports in the past 2020 have reached €522.13 million, which represents 4.57% of Catalan exports. Catalonia is and has been a land of wines, and according to INCAVI, the Catalan Institute of Vine and Wine, wine has been part of our culture and tradition for over 2,300 years.
The summer gala of the awards will be held this Friday, July 9, 2021, at seven in the afternoon, in the Auditorium of Vilafranca del Penedès, with the presence of the general director of 11Onze, Natalia Cugueró.
In this ninth edition of the Vinari, in addition to the October gala, a summer gala is held announcing the winners of the awards for the best young wines. One of the reasons for doing this is that they are very suitable wines to consume at this time of year. The Wine Tourism Awards will also be awarded, in collaboration with the School of Wine Tourism of Catalonia. Awards will be given to the best young white wines, the best young red wines, the best rosé wines, and the best young sparkling wines. Prizes will also be awarded for the best wine tourism accommodation, the best restaurant projects and pairing experience, the best wine tourism visit and wine tasting experience, and the best wine tourism activity of the year. The awards will continue with a wine tasting competition, on Monday 13 September, at the Celler de Rubí, which will precede the Autumn Gala, on 8 October, which will be held again in Vilafranca del Penedès.
The Vinari Awards are a determining factor in prescribing Catalan wines, in the same way that the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles or the Parker Guide scores can be at an international level. The Vinari Awards are widely covered by the media and are broadcast live on Catalan public television. This year, a total of 852 different wines have been presented, which compete in the various categories through a blind tasting by a jury of 70 experts – oenologists and sommeliers – including foreign tasters.
Consumers associate Catalan wines with quality, proximity and identity. These characteristics combine perfectly with the idea of 11Onze, which is aimed, preferably, at these same consumers.