With its eyes set on the next edition of the Cata del Barrio de la Estación in 2024 and with the aim of making people from beyond its borders aware of the virtues of this unique neighbourhood, the six Rioja wine cellars -Bodegas Bilbaínas, CVNE, Muga, Bodegas Gómez Cruzado, La Rioja Alta, S.A. y Bodegas RODA- have transported the spirit of their most notable event to the United Kingdom.
With the collaboration of one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious wine clubs, The Wine Society, the companies that make up the greatest concentration of wineries over a hundred years’ old in the world landed in Oxford and London, attracting over 600 participants. Among them you could find two of the Masters of Wine who are already part of the family of ambassadors for the Barrio de la Estación: Sarah-Jane Evans, who attended the London event to bring her enjoyable experience in the Barrio de la Estación as the "train driver” in 2018; and Tim Atkin, "train driver" in 2015, who while unable to attend in person due to his commitments in Rioja, did not want to miss being part of the event through a lovely video.
Two singular venues, Oxford City Hall and the former Chelsea Town Hall in London, provided the perfect backdrop for showcasing the great wines from the six member bodegas and a carefully-chosen selection of Spanish cuisine, all accompanied by musical entertainment and videos which transported the participants to the cradle of Rioja wine.
The presentation of the Cata del Barrio de la Estación in the United Kingdom is part of the event’s international projection which, after its visits to New York and Shanghai in 2019, in this edition focusses on the British audience with the intention of continuing to invite more new countries to live this experience in the future.
The finishing touch for each evening came in the form of two prize draws which gave each of the happy winners stays in Rioja and two tickets to attend the Cata del Barrio de la Estación 2024.