Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The wine producing group of INNOVI meets at Albet i Noya

On the 12th of February some meetings were held at Albet i Noya for the wine producing group of INNOVI, the Catalan Cluster, which promotes competitiveness for companies in this sector through R+D+I.

At this meeting there were partners from INNOVI, representatives from various cellars and entities: Albet i Noya, as leader of the wine producing group and, this time, the host, Gramona, Juvé y Camps, Sumarroca, Bodega Josep Piñol, the ACV, the ADV San Lorenzo, the INCAVI, DO Priorat, CEICS, Rovira i Virgili University, the URV Foundation, the IRTA, DO Penedès, IDOM, and INNOVI.

Following the goals of the Catalan cluster, during the meeting we worked on various projects that are being carried out like the Catalan vineyard Pruning School, the trials on grape varieties that are resistant to fungus, the creation of autochthonous varieties that are resistant to fungus, etc, and a presentation was also made about the IRTA work options and the soft and hard for VITIC vine field logs.

From INNOVI they also promote scientific and technical know-how interchanges between university researchers and other centres, the planning of development strategies for the future of the sector, the relations with other region leaders, cooperation interchanges, and with the organization of these meetings consolidating the way towards the innovation and the future of the sector.

The meeting closed with the tasting of five wines with resistant varieties (PIWI) from France and Germany, which surprised those attending for their quality and the confirmation that the trials on these varieties are going in the right direction and the creation of varieties in this line will not make the Catalan cellar lose competitiveness.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Two GOLD medals for the Reserva Martí and the Xarel.lo Clàssic

One of the most important international competitions in the world, the Mundus Vini Biofach, has just recognised the high standards of our wines and sparkling wines and has awarded us with 2 gold medals and 3 silver ones.

The gold medals have gone to Reserva Martí 2008 and Xarel.lo Clásico 2012, two of the cellar’s icons thanks to their track record and to the prizes that have given us so much enjoyment. The silver medals went to La Milana 2006, Lignum Negre 2010 and the sparkling Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2009.

This Grand Prix has been held in Germany since 2001. The success and credibility of this competition is a fact, and the participating number of wines and countries has grown year after year. In the last one, in 2012, over 6.000 wines were presented from over 40 different countries and over 250 judges were required to evaluate each and every sample.

This year the quality of Catalan wines in general has been demonstrated as, and bearing in mind that medals can only be awarded to 30% of the wines presented, 9 medals went to Catalan wines, of which 6 were from the Penedès , the most highly awarded DO in the country.

This recognition gives us great pleasure and the optimism to continue our labour, with the elaboration of ecological wines and sparkling wines and with the philosophy of continuing to innovate, research and show maximum respect towards the environment.
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