India's First Wine, Food and Hospitality Website, INDIAN WINE ACADEMY, Specialists in Food & Wine Programmes. Food Importers in Ten Cities Across India. Publishers of delWine, India’s First Wine.
Skip Navigation Links
About Us
Indian Market
Wine & Health
Wine Events
Retail News
Contact Us
Skip Navigation Links
Wine Tourism
Book Review
Photo Gallery
Readers' Comments
Video Wall
Media Partners
Ask Wineguyindia
Wine & Food
Wine Guru
Gerry Dawes
Harvest Reports
Mumbai Reports
Advertise With Us
US Report on Indian Market Released
Top Ten Importers List 2015-16
On Facebook
On Twitter
Delhi Wine Club
IWINETC 2016: Wine Tourism Conference of Substance in Spain

Posted: Wednesday, 09 December 2015 14:43


If you Like this article, please click

Email This Article

IWINETC 2016: Wine Tourism Conference of Substance in Spain

Dec 09: The 8th edition of International Wine Tourism Conference, Exhibition & Workshop (IWINETC) taking place in Barcelona, Cataluña on 5- 6 April 2016, providing an opportunity to visit the 12 wine regions of Cataluña (Catalonia) and taste their wines and also many of the Top 50 Cavas, is a highly recommended event for various wine professionals, writes Subhash Arora who plans to attend it once again and will also be one of the Speakers at the Conference

Click For Large ViewCava, Cava- Plenty of Cava

Move over Champagne and Prosecco! Cava will be the flavour of the week in April when the registered delegates comprising journalists, bloggers, wine buyers and wine tourism operators, winery guides, Sommeliers, Masters of Wine, winery owners and tasting room managers will have an opportunity to visit some of the great Cava producers in and around Sant Sadurni d’Anoia, capital of Cava production near Barcelona. Produced generally from the indigenous grapes Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel.lo by the ‘Traditional Method’, the Spanish sparkling wine called Cava will be the star wine at IWINETC 2016.

50 Great Cavas

The organiser of the event is Wine Pleasures- a company run by Anthony Swift, an Englishman settled in Barcelona for decades. Known internationally for years of organising wine buyer-seller meets in different cities of Europe in comfortable surroundings, he started the IWINETC event  which has become extremely popular internationally and one sees big numbers of wine tourism professionals- winery guides, Sommeliers, Masters of Wine, winery owners and tasting room managers who simply buy tickets to attend.

Wine Pleasures also organises an annual competition called 50 Great Cavas and subsequently brings out a publication  50 Great Cavas 2016  in conjunction with the Consejo Regulador del Cava. Results of the Competition were announced last month; 66 Cavas classified as Outstanding were awarded Gold medals and 33 Cavas classified as Highly Recommended were awarded Silver medals. Most of the medals were awarded to producers in the Penedès wine region (Catalonia) but several awards went to producers in Empordà, La Rioja & also Valencia where Cava is authorized to be produced.

The delegates will be able to taste most of these Awards winning Cavas at the Conference and visit a few of the wineries including Agustí Torelló Mata (who I have visited and love their Kripta Gran Reserva Cava), Codorníu and Vallformosa have already confirmed visits to their wineries for the IWINETC delegates who opt to visit the wineries.

50 Great Cavas 2016- A Book for Christmas Gift

The official book is an illustrated 154 page full colour, collectable book containing Gold and Silver medal winners with photos and tasting notes for each winner. It is a sumptuous guide to discovering Spain’s most interesting and exciting Cava producers. You can learn about the history of Cava, the process of making Cava and study different styles as it focuses on successful regions and recognizes outstanding producers. A two page article on all of the participating wineries covering family history, winery philosophy, grape varieties, location and wine tourism options are also a part of the book which the sparkling wine connoisseurs would love.

The book is an interesting tool for those in the wine business or who love discovering great Cavas whether at home or in Barcelona, La Rioja or Valencia. The Book selling for under £13 ++ makes a great Christmas gift. It will also be available at the Conference to the delegates. For further details, you may write to .

Visiting the 12 wine regions of Cataluña

Wines from Cataluña (Catalonia) include sparkling Cava, dry white wines and powerful reds, known as “black” wine. The grapes of the region include the Cava and white wine grapes of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel.lo and the red wine grapes of Garnacha (Grenache), Monestrell (known as Mourvèdre in France) and Tempranillo.

Cataluña has 12 wine regions with their own appellations: Alella, Cataluña,  Conca de Barberà, Costers del Segre, Empordà, Montsant, Pla de Bages, Penedès, Priorat, Tarragona, Terra Alta and Cava. The last one is a unique appellation which is spread over several geographic areas though the main production center is part is in and around Sant Sadurni d’Anoia- about 50 kms west of Barcelona and considered the Cava Capital of Spain.

Click For Large ViewThe Catalan wine region includes ten Denominació d’Origen or Denominación de Origen (DO)-roughly equivalent to DOC in Italy, and one Denominació d’Origen Qualificada (DOQ) an appellation similar to DOCG – the Priorat. The general Cataluña DO is the biggest, generic appellation that covers the entire region for wines that do not fall under any other DO designation.

IWINETC 2016 will provide the opportunity to see and taste wines from the above wine regions of Cataluña.

Earlier editions

Every year a new country and region is chosen for the Conference. This makes the event unique and extremely interesting. The registrants get to visit a new region and the wineries and taste entirely different grape varieties, making it educational.

This year the venue for IWINETC was Champagne in April, which I participated in. Despite invitations from Wine Pleasures in the previous years, I had to regret due to pre-commitments. Previous venues in the recent years have been Champagne-France (2015), Tbilisi-Georgia (2014), Zagreb-Croatia (2013) Perugia- Italy (2012) and Porto-Portugal (2011).

For further information about this Conference or other programmes in future, please visit or write to

Subhash Arora

If you Like this article please click on the Like button   


Want to Comment ?
Please enter your comments in the space provided below. If there is a problem, please write directly to Thank you.

Generate a new image

Type letters from the image:

Please note that it may take some time to get your comment published...Editor

Wine In India, Indian Wine, International Wine, Asian Wine Academy, Beer, Champagne, World Wine Academy, World Wine, World Wines, Retail, Hotel


Copyright©indianwineacademy, 2003-2020 |All Rights Reserved
Developed & Designed by Sadilak SoftNet