Rioja Railway Wine Experience to Premiere in New York City: The Celebrated Wineries from the Haro Station District Will Host a Grand Tasting on May 22, 2019

For the first time, historic wineries from Spain will make their way across the ocean to celebrate the Haro Station District and showcase a top wine and food tasting during the Rioja Railway Wine Experience at the famed High Line in New York City on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

The first Rioja Railway Wine Experience will include two Masterclasses and a Grand Tasting for Trade & Media as well as a large format Grand Tasting for ticketed Consumers. The events will present five of the top historic wineries alongside chefs to showcase the past, present and future of Spanish winemaking. The wineries in attendance will include: Bodegas Gómez Cruzado, La Rioja Alta, S.A., Bodegas Bilbaínas Viña Pomal, Bodegas Muga and Bodegas RODA.

Haro was one of the first cities in Spain to have the modern, new technology of the railway. While winemaking had been prevalent throughout Spain, it was in the 1860s that several wineries set up near the railway station in Haro, bringing wealth to the city and the country. For years, La Cata del Barrio de la Estación, the Spanish Grand Tasting event, has taken place in Haro, bringing international focus to the Station District wineries, promoting the area as one of the top wine tourism destinations in the world.

The Rioja Railway Wine Experience Tastings will take place on the High Line, a historic, elevated freight train line, now home to a city park. The venue reflects the historic Haro Station District and will transport guests back to the mid-nineteenth century.

The first ever Spanish Master of Wine, Pedro Ballesteros, will conduct the Trade & Media Masterclass, The Rioja Railway: Past, Present and Future of Rioja Winemaking. This Masterclass will demonstrate how Haro was at the epicenter of winemaking and turned Rioja into one of the top wine regions of the world. Trade and media will taste Riojan wines from each decade, beginning in the 1970s up to today.

Both of the Rioja Railway Wine Experience Grand Tastings for Trade & Media and Consumers will feature top chefs from around the country, including: Nicole Gajadhar from Saxon + Parole; Ginger Pierce from Jams Restaurant; Preston Madson from il Buco Alimentari & Vineria; Francis Derby from Tessa; Cedric Duran from GAUDir.

"This is a thrilling opportunity to bring the historical and cultural value of Rioja wine to New York City," said Ballesteros. "Spain is my home and there is a great sense of pride to show the U.S. how the Rioja Railway Wine Experience links the philosophy, culture, tradition and quality of wines from this historic La Rioja district to modern day winemaking."

The Rioja Railway Wine Experience Consumer Grand Tasting will begin at 6:00 PM with tickets $60 for purchase ahead of the event. Proceeds will benefit the James Beard Foundation, a national culinary non-profit organization working toward a more delicious, diverse, and sustainable food world for everyone. To learn more about the Foundation's good food for good mission, visit:

The Rioja Railway Wine Experience is an opportunity to bring these wineries from the historic Haro Station District across the ocean to spread knowledge of the region and history. These wineries understand that their past helps to direct the future of their winemaking; they look to their roots to create wine that will resonate with the world and bring recognition to Rioja and the Haro Station District for years to come.

For more information about the Rioja Railway Wine Experience, or to get tickets, please visit, Find us on Facebook at Rioja Railway Wine Experience, or on Twitter and Instagram @RiojaRailway.

About La Cata del Barrio de la Estación
The Station District (Barrio de la Estación) is a landmark in the city of Haro, located in the Rioja wine region. It boasts the highest concentration of centuries-old wineries in the world, which were built around a central point -the railway station, known as the golden mile of Rioja wine. A visit to the Haro Station District becomes a journey in time, where you can follow the evolution of wine and architecture during the last century. For more information, please visit:

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