The 20th Annual Wine Star Awards are just a few months away, and will be held on January 27th, 2020, at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. Organized by Wine Enthusiast, these distinctions pay homage to those people and companies that have made incredible achievements in the wine and alcoholic drink industry.
There are 16 categories in total and the nominees have officially been announced, many of them Spanish.
In the Winemaker of the Year category, the brother duo behind Bodegas Muga has been recognized. Jorge and Isaac, who hail from Rioja, are experts in using oak during the fermentation and aging processes. Bodegas Muga makes some of the most high-quality wines in the region, reflecting multiple Rioja styles, and they use different approaches, including an “oak approach” to make classic wines and a more modern approach as well. They are the only winery in Spin with a master cooper and 3 in-house barrel makers.
In the European Winery of the Year category, CVNE is up for the award. Based in Haro, Rioja and founded in the 19th century, Victor Urrutia leads the way for this top winemaker. The company also owns wineries in Laguardia, namely Viña Real and Contino, and it recently bought the Virgen del Galir winery in Galicia.
Lastly, in the Wine Experience of the Year category, Vivanco, Rioja made the list. This is a 4,000 square-meter museum that highlights the connection between people and wine over 8,000 years. Created by the owners of Bodegas Vivanco, it’s an incredible, unique exhibition with Picasso paintings, 3,500 corkscrews, and ancient works of art.