Nov 18 2022

Cariñena PDO Celebrates 90th Anniversary with Special Celebration

From a tribute to a past winemaker and the launch of a premium wine collection to wine tastings, this pioneering wine region truly celebrated this milestone

The Cariñena PDO, in Zaragoza province, is celebrating a major milestone: it’s 90th anniversary. This is one of the oldest growing areas with official protection in all of Europe, receiving its status in 1932. 

The festivities included several special events, in both Cariñena and Madrid. There was a grape harvest festival, now in its 56th edition. The first must of the season was obtained from the grapes and was offered to the city’s patron saint, and the famous Fuente de la Mora fountain was turned on, allowing thousands of liters of wine to flow through it. 

A food and wine tasting was also organized in the Plaza del Vino, there was live music throughout the anniversary weekend, and the Wine Museum opened its doors in honor of the celebration. Additionally, there was a special posthumous tribute to Luis Gasca, for his pioneering contributions to the region’s winemaking scene in the 1980s.

Another part of the celebration included the presentation of the PDO’s 2022 collection, El Vino de las Piedras. It comprises 8 reds, 3 whites and a garnacha liqueur wine, all produced by 7 wineries within the PDO, including Hacienda Molleda, Bodegas Covinca, and Bodem Bodegas. The wines were chosen as they are representative of the region and the terroir. They will be promoted throughout Aragón and also nationally.