The first grand prize for Ostatu

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It was the year 1991 when a young winemaker from Rioja Alavesa inscribed his wine in a contest that was organized on the occasion of Vinexpo (Bordeaux, France). He, Doroteo Sáenz de Samaniego; the wine, Ostatu Tinto 1990 and the prize, the 1991 Grand Prix d'Honneur at the Concours International Des Vins Blayains Bourgeais.

Nowadays, we are immersed in a maelstrom of competitions, guides, presentations ... that take our wines recognition from the extraordinary and integrate it into everyday life. Therefore, sometimes, and without downplaying today's awards, we must look back and look our journey. 

 

Not long ago, in the environment of a family meal with friends and workmates (you know, in family businesses, there comes a point where different areas converge) came up one of the most significant recognitions (personal and professional) owned by the winery: the Grand Prix D'Honneur 1991.

For the love with which Doroteo, founder with his wife Asun of Ostatu, reminded us one of the most important moments for him as a winemaker, and for the great amount of details he told us, we thought it was a story that should be shared with you. It could not just be reflected on the walls of our Txoko in diploma way.

In 1991, Ostatu worked hard to produce its young wines: white and carbonic maceration red, under the baton of Doroteo Sáenz de Samaniego: Teito. He decided to register his red wine, proud of his work, in one of the most prestigious competitions in France, which was held in Vinexpo. The result came in the form of Gold for the 1990 vintage as well as with the invitation to return to compete as part of the 100 wines awarded with the highest score. The contest counted on a totality of more than 1,500 wines from 20 different countries and only the 100 "golds" would fight for a premium.

Teito, accompanied by his cousin's daughter (since he could not speak French), traveled to Bordeaux with the illusion of being among the 100 best of that edition and returned with the great satisfaction of knowing that he was the winner of one of the 20 Grand Prix d'Honnneur. As a curious fact he remember that from the 4 wines awarded with the Grand Prix d'Honneur from Spain, 2 were wineries from Samaniego: Ostatu and Bodegas Virgen del Valle (they won with their Crianza) and another of Laguardia, Campillo.

Undoubtedly, a very good year for Rioja Alavesa wines that, from then on, are present on the podium of great international wine contests all over the world.

It was the year 1991 when a young winemaker from Rioja Alavesa inscribed his wine in a contest that was organized on the occasion of Vinexpo (Bordeaux, France). He, Doroteo Sáenz de Samaniego; the wine, Ostatu Tinto 1990 and the prize, the 1991 Grand Prix d'Honneur at the Concours International Des Vins Blayains Bourgeais.

Nowadays, we are immersed in a maelstrom of competitions, guides, presentations ... that take our wines recognition from the extraordinary and integrate it into everyday life. Therefore, sometimes, and without downplaying today's awards, we must look back and look our journey. 

 

Not long ago, in the environment of a family meal with friends and workmates (you know, in family businesses, there comes a point where different areas converge) came up one of the most significant recognitions (personal and professional) owned by the winery: the Grand Prix D'Honneur 1991.

For the love with which Doroteo, founder with his wife Asun of Ostatu, reminded us one of the most important moments for him as a winemaker, and for the great amount of details he told us, we thought it was a story that should be shared with you. It could not just be reflected on the walls of our Txoko in diploma way.

In 1991, Ostatu worked hard to produce its young wines: white and carbonic maceration red, under the baton of Doroteo Sáenz de Samaniego: Teito. He decided to register his red wine, proud of his work, in one of the most prestigious competitions in France, which was held in Vinexpo. The result came in the form of Gold for the 1990 vintage as well as with the invitation to return to compete as part of the 100 wines awarded with the highest score. The contest counted on a totality of more than 1,500 wines from 20 different countries and only the 100 "golds" would fight for a premium.

Teito, accompanied by his cousin's daughter (since he could not speak French), traveled to Bordeaux with the illusion of being among the 100 best of that edition and returned with the great satisfaction of knowing that he was the winner of one of the 20 Grand Prix d'Honnneur. As a curious fact he remember that from the 4 wines awarded with the Grand Prix d'Honneur from Spain, 2 were wineries from Samaniego: Ostatu and Bodegas Virgen del Valle (they won with their Crianza) and another of Laguardia, Campillo.

Undoubtedly, a very good year for Rioja Alavesa wines that, from then on, are present on the podium of great international wine contests all over the world.

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