The House of Castilla-La Mancha in Madrid honors the Fair at its annual awards. The wine steward, Custodio López Zamarra, is another winner, representing one of the provinces of Castilla-La Mancha.
Two days ago, on May 30th, La Casa (the House) of Castilla-La Mancha in Madrid convened quite a large group of professionals from the cultural, academic, business and gastronomic spheres at the 'Castilla-La Mancha Awards 2009', in which FENAVIN was recognized as 'The Castilla-La Mancha Association 2009' "for converting the Fair in one of the greatest springboards and wine-producing ideas of the country." The award was picked up by the director of the National Wine Fair, Manuel Juliá, who commented that "an historic tradition of wine appreciation exists in our country", underlining "At this moment, FENAVIN is one of the most important wine events being carried out in Europe". Juliá took advantage of the occasion to invite those in attendance to come to the next edition of FENAVIN, which will be held from 10 to 12 May, 2011, in Ciudad Real.
For Olga Alberca, the president of this institution, the National Wine Fair (FENAVIN) "is a consolidated fair and very important in our country, something that signifies a great honor for our autonomous community".
The Board of Directors of the House of Castilla-La Mancha in Madrid annually selects award recipients, from each one of the 5 provinces, whom it feels have stood out during the year, from among those proposed by the associates, organizations, and mass media, in addition one company, one organization, and one town, village or city of the region which has likewise enhanced its community is also selected
In 2009, Emilio Martínez Espada, the writer from the province of Albacete, had the honor of receiving an award for his literary and journalistic success; for Cuenca, Miguel Romero Sáiz, the university professor, for his achievements in the literary fields and academic affairs; for Guadalajara the philologist Clara Sánchez, recognizing the merit of her narrative's having received the Nadal Novelist Award of 2010; for Ciudad Real Alfredo Medina Díaz, the industrialist, for his commendable work in the business world; and for Toledo, the president of the Sommelier Association of Madrid, Custodio López Zamarra, sommelier of "Zalacaín", the prestigious restaurant in Madrid, for his work "in general in the understanding and appreciation of wine.
FENAVIN 2009, the National Wine Fair, has been received an award within the cultural, social and sports category as one of the greatest springboards for excellent regional and national wines; Artes Gráficas Campillo Nevado has earned a trophy in the business category for its contribution of modern techniques. Also, the town of Casasimarro in Cuenca received an award, as well as the National May Festival of La Mancha of Pedro Muñoz (Ciudad Real).
These awards have been given for almost half a century, a few years less than that of the House of Castilla-La Mancha in Madrid, christened as the House of La Mancha in the year 1951.