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News | Jun 06 2018

International Journalists Tour Txacoli and Navarre Wine Countries

The Wines from Spain department of ICEX Spain, Trade and Investment has launched another "reverse mission," this one designed to give journalists from Finland and Estonia a first-hand look at four Spanish wine designations.

 Bodega Doniene Gorronda

This June 10th through 15th, a delegation of five journalists and wine experts from Finland and Estonia will travel to Spain to visit Protected Designations of Origin Txacoli de Bizcaia, Txacoli de Alava, Txacoli de Guetaria and Navarre, for a five-day journey into the heart of these treasured Spanish wine regions.

The participants in this mission are the following: Selja Tiilikainen of Etiketti, the Finnish magazine from the Aiko (the government alcohol monopoly); Finnish photographer Lasse Lecklin; Spanish wine expert Teemu Rinta-Mänty from Estonia; journalist Arne Pajula of Estonian wine magazine Vini; and Tea Lajal, a wine distributor in Estonia.

They will begin their journey in the city of Bilbao on Sunday, June 10th with a welcome dinner at Sustraiak Restaurant. Then, the next morning, they will set off for their first destinations in DOs Txacoli de Bizkaia and Txacoli de Alava and with visits to Bodega Donienne Gorrondona, Bodegas Astobiza and Bodega Gorka Izaguirre, before continuing to the stunning coastal city of San Sebastián where they will end the day dining on pintxos in the city’s “Casco Viejo.”

The visit will continue in DO Txacoli de Guetaria on June 12th, with visits to Bodega Txomin Etxaniz and Bodega Hiruzta, before lunch at Bekoerrota restaurant. The group will spend the night at the historic Parador de Olite in Navarre.

In Navarre, the delegation will tour wineries Bodegas Piedemonte, Bodegas Ochoa and Bodegas Marco Real, followed by a night in Pamplona, and then two final winery visits to Bodegas Gran Feudo and Bodegas Nekeas on the morning of June 14th. After a celebratory dinner in Bilbao’s Restaurante Yandiola, the international wine experts will return to their home countries the following day, ready to take on their new, unofficial roles of “wine ambassadors” of these important Spanish wine regions.

 

They will begin their journey in the city of Bilbao on Sunday, June 10th with a welcome dinner at Sustraiak Restaurant. Adrienne Smith /@ICEX
Bodega Doniene Gorronda
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