The nominees will be five professionals from the international world of wine and another four from the national scope
The FENAVIN 2007 Award Ceremony for "A Lifetime Dedicated to Wine", recognition institutionalized by the organization with the aim of appreciating the career of those persons that have dedicated their life to wine. The event will take place on the upcoming Tuesday the 8th at 21:00 hours at the Hotel Guadiana in Ciudad Real, within the context of the 4th National Trade Fair on Wine from May 7th to the 10th.
In its fourth edition, FENAVIN will be avowing five professionals from the international world of wine and another four from the national scope. All of them have a long and productive career behind them in the world of wine.
Laureates will be welcomed at the Trade Fair grounds, location where FENAVIN 2007 is taking place, on Tuesday, May 8th by the Coordinator of this event, Rafael Díaz Salazar Arcís and by Patricia Franco, Representative of the Business Center. At 14:00 hours, they will all be going to the restaurant "Miami Park" where the nominees and trade fair representatives will all enjoy a luncheon together.
International laureates of these awards are: Luis Fernando Otero, Mexican Wine Instructor, Professor and Lecturer; Maximilian Stadler, German specialist in the importing of Spanish wines; Yoshiko Akehi, Japanese Spanish Wine Journalist and Allan Cheesman, Executive Director of the Board of Administration of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.
The North American Robert Parker has also been granted the award, as he is one of the most influential wine reviewers in the whole world. Since he will be unable to personally attend the award ceremony, he has sent a letter of appreciation to the organization in which he assures that he feels "overwhelmed, yet tremendously happy to receive this extraordinary honor from the Spanish people".
Luis Fernando Otero is the President and Founder of the Cave Club del Vino and of the Mexican Wine Academy, as well as the founder of the Unión Mexicana de Cata, and he is also a Sommelier. Apart from this he is a University Professor of Enology, Enophily and Protocol; creator of the Sommelier Career and Wine Instructor in the most prestigious of companies.
Maximilian Stadler is an importer, distributor and agent, distributing on a national level, in particular covering the specialized trade and gastronomy. He is a specialist in the importing of Spanish wines. Amongst the products he represents can be found the Denominations of Origin Rioja, Navarra, Ribera del Duero, Somontano, Toto, Priorat, Jumilla, Yecla, La Mancha, Catalunya and Montsant. He works with some of the best-known and prestigious wineries, such as Alejandro Fernández, Bodegas Breton, Bodegas Orvalaiz, Vinícola del Priorat and Bodegas Concavins.
Yoshiko Akehi is a specialized Journalist in Spanish wines and investigator of fortified wines; she is the Delegate of the Jerez Wine Committee (Regulator Board for Denominations of Origin Jerez, Manzanilla and Fedejerez) in Japan and President of Akehi, S.A., company dedicated to the promotion of Spanish wines in Japan. She also coordinates the presentation of Denomination of Origin Wines of Madrid at FOODEX Japan 2007.
Allan Cheesman is currently the Executive Director of the Board of Administration of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association, Member of the Worshipful Company of Distillers and likewise Member of the Advisory Board Wine Intelligence. Allan started his professional career as a training manager in Sainsbury's Supermarkets in June of 1971. During the next 30 years, Allan was promoted in Sainsbury's Management Team until he was appointed Wine Director for Sainsbury's Supermarkets. With his work at Sainsbury's Allan contributes with his personal support to the promotion of Spanish wines in the United Kingdom and he has always cooperated in the generic campaigns that have been organized for Wines from Spain.
In like manner, the national laureates are: Rafael Torres, President of the Castilla-La Mancha Foundation Tierra de Viñedos; Juan Cruz Barroeta; Antolín Huertas Angulo, Chief Executive of the Company Mostos Vinos y Alcoholes S.A. until December of 2006 and José María Gandía, President of Bodegas Gandía.
Rafael Torres started working at the age of 11, gradually acquiring knowledge about diverse crops and in particular about vines, to then subsequently take over his parents' vineyard estate. All grape produced at the time was elaborated in a huge cellar, selling the resulting wine in wholesale fashion. He subsequently continued with his own vineyard. He is currently the President of the Castilla-La Mancha Foundation Tierra de Viñedos and since 2001 of the wine-growing Cooperative "Virgen de las Viñas".
José María Gandía Perales represents the third generation of the family that founded Bodegas Gandía, family enterprise with origins dating from the past century. After studying Commerce in Switzerland, in the year 1965 he started working in the family company. The company's most decisive achievements in the last few decades can be attributed to him, in particular when talking about positioning of Bodegas Vicent Gandía wines in 85 countries, which means that this is one of the wineries with the greatest exporting capacity to be found in Spain, and one of the leaders in sales of quality bottled wine.
In the year 1950 Juan Cruz Barroeta starting working in his father's wine business. His father Bernardo Barroeta also founded the business in 1921, at the municipal Bilbao Exchange, to later on establish the current location at the Gaztolendo Exchange, this jointly with members of the Wine Wholesalers Association, of which he is also a member. He was dedicated to preparing wines from the very beginning of the enterprise, carrying out the coupage in his cellars to then distribute them to the restaurant, food and tavern sectors (very typical establishments in the Basque Country, which enjoy great consumption of wine).
At the age of 14 Antolín Huertas started working in agricultural and viniculture tasks within the bosom of his family, carrying out all sorts of work related with farming and wine. In 1948, he purchased a winery in Campo de Criptana (Ciudad Real) to directly start elaborating and exporting wines. In 1983 he purchased the ancient alcohol factory José SIMO, S.A., where the current expansion of the enterprise really took off, currently rendering a production of 80,000 liters of concentrated musts and where he took over management of the company Mostos Vinos y Alcoholes S.A. until December of 2006.
Entertainment at the ceremony will be provided by a Soprano, a Tenor and a Pianist, all of whom are Music Professors at the Madrid Superior Music Conservatory, with opera and zarzuela scores related with wine, such as, Brindis from La Travista; Gavilanes Choir, Marina Choir, Seguidilla from Carmen or Rossini's La Danza, amongst others.
All laureates will also receive a crystal plate with a 3D engraved text, recognizing their "career and professional work dedicated to the diffusion of the image of Spanish wines throughout the world".