On the afternoon of this Thursday, 26 April, the awards of the contest “1000 no se equivocan” (1000 are not wrong), which took place last March, were delivered in the town of Alcázar de San Juan.
The mayor of the town, Rosa Melchor, started her speech saying “I think this contest is very important for Alcázar de San Juan and for all the winemakers who have been awarded”.The event was attended by the Sub-delegate of the Board of Communities, Carmen Teresa Olmedo and the Sub- delegate of the Government of Spain in the province of Ciudad Real, Juan José Jiménez, as well as the Provincial Directors of Agriculture and Tourism and different representatives of the Denomination of Origin.
“When I have the opportunity to explain why we do this contest in Alcázar, at the beginning people do not understand” Melchor said. “Yesterday, we had a meeting in Madrid with journalists from the tourism sector. Some understand it as a binge drinking event, but when you explain it they understand it better.A total of 1000 tasters were present, with bottles sealed before a notary” she said.
For 2018, for 1000 tasters “we have had 2200 applications and none of them knows which wine they will taste until they sit there. Throughout the tasting, they never know which wine they are tasting, so the final results are really extraordinary because, in the end, those 1000 tasters say with good criteria that this is the way to go .Once tested, they keep asking for it, so we put a reputable blind wine tasting at the consumers’ level” Melchor explained.
In addition, in her speech she made the following question: “When did we make the mistake of turning wine into a snobbery product taking it away from the people? If we look back, our grandparents consumed wine normally, so this tasting comes to say the we should just take care of enjoying it and let winemakers make good wines” she said.
These 15 wines have been recognized and “it is true that when the day comes I always have that nervous feeling, as I know this is for Alcázar and for all of us. I believe that the fact of celebrating this event today, at the beginning of the Fair of Flavors, it is an express recognition, as we have managed to link the two things that most identify us: Don Quixote and gastronomy”she concluded.
The delegate of the Board of Communities in Ciudad Real, Carmen Olmedo, has highlighted the wine export figures of Castilla-La Mancha which, once again, have accounted for a record figure with 670 million euros in annual data turnover, “which means that we are exporting a better-quality product and with denomination of origin”.
During her speech at the awards ceremony of the IX Regional Wine Competition ‘Tierra del Quijote, 1,000 are not wrong’, Olmedo has referred to the importance of the DO La Mancha in a region where, “almost one in three hectares of vineyards belong to the Denomination of Origin La Mancha”, with a total of 158,000 hectares distributed in 182 municipalities of the region.
In this sense, the government representative Emiliano García-Page has affirmed that the back label of DO La Mancha “adds value to this wine”, and has recognized that this momentum is taking place due to the commitment to quality, in fact, he added that “very few places in the world have such an exceptionally good wine as La Mancha due to the best weather and soil conditions and the good work of producers and industrialists”.
AWARDS OF THE IX WINE CONTEST TIERRA DEL QUIJOTE 2018 OF ALCÁZAR DE SAN JUAN
White wines category
Quijote de oro: VQ Sauvignon blanc by Bodegas Finca Venta del Quijote in El Toboso.Wine from Tierra de Castilla.
Quijote de plata: Tomillar Chardonnay 2017. Cooperativa Virgen de las Viñas in Tomelloso. Denomination of Origin La Mancha.
Quijote de bronce: Dominio de Baco 2017 de DCoop-Grupo Baco in Alcázar de San Juan. DO La Mancha.
Rosé wines category
Quijote de oro: Carril de Cotos Rosado 2017.Cooperativa San Isidro in Pedro Muñoz. Wine from Tierra de Castilla.
Quijote de plata: Baralides Pink 2016. Mario Morales Fernández in Pedro Muñoz. Wine from Tierra de Castilla.
Quijote de bronce: Espanillo 2017 by Bodegas San Antonio Abad in Villacañas. Wine from DO La Mancha.
Category of young red wines with no barrel ageing 2016, 2017
Quijote de oro: Dominio de Baco 2017 by DCoop-Baco in Alcázar de San Juan and within DO La Mancha.
Quijote de plata: Baralides black 2016 by Mario Morales Fernández in Pedro Muñoz. Wine from Tierra de Castilla.
Quijote de bronce: Corcovo Tempranillo 2017 by J. A. Mejías e hijos, S.L. in Valdepeñas. Denomination of Origin Valdepeñas.
Category of young red wines with barrel aging 2015, 2016 and 2017
Quijote de oro: Pedroheras Crianza 2015 by Cooperativa San Isidro Labrador in Las Pedroñeras. Denomination of Origin La Mancha.
Quijote de plata: Antares Selección 2015, by Nuestra Señora de la Estrella SCOOP Castilla-La Mancha in El Herrumblar (Cuenca). It is a wine from the Manchuela Denomination of Origin .
Quijote de bronce: Villa Abad 2015 by Bodegas San Antonio Abad in Villacañas. Denomination of Origin La Mancha.
Category of young red wines aged in barrels before 2015
Quijote de oro: Olimpo Privilegio 2012 by Vinícola de Castilla in Manzanares. Wine from Tierra de Castilla.
Quijote de plata: Símbolo Tempranillo Roble 2014 by Bodegas Símbolo in Campo de Criptana. Denomination of Origin La Mancha.
Quijote de bronce: Cerro Mayoral Reserva 2009.This wine is the result of Agricultural and Farming Projects in Villafranca de los Caballeros. DO La Mancha