Events • December 14, 2016

Galician Wine Certification Offered in United States for First Time

The Galician Institute of Wine (INGAVI) announced today that the Advanced Certification in Spanish and Galician wine will be available in the United States for the first time ever.

Culminating in New York City in January, the comprehensive courses will offer hands-on training on Galician wine, the farthest western point of Europe. The classes will be lead by Xoan Canas, founder the Michelin-starred restaurant Pepe Vieira who received the title of Spanish Golden Nose 2004 (Best Spanish Somm 2004)

The immersive program will be conducted by Spanish founders from INGAVI who have lived and worked in the Galician and Spanish terroir brining first-hand experience to the students. The program will take place at La Nacional from January 16–25. The courses will allow attendees to study the vast wine diversity of Spain in a way that was not possible in the United States until now.

“Galicia is a hidden gem in the wine world that has a long and storied history that we’re excited to share with wine professionals and enthusiasts,” says Antonio Arias, Manager Director of INGAVI. “This kind of training is crucial to understand and promote the lesser-known high-quality wines being made in Spain. We’re excited to showcase our wines in New York City and hope to offer the program in other cities in the future.”

Galicia is the home to Albariño and other unique wines such as the Heroic Wines. The term heroic viticulture gets its name from the harsh conditions that the Romans experienced while planting the ancient vines on the steep hillsides along the Sil Riverbank, 2000 years ago. Galician wines were chosen by President Obama to make the toast at the last Hispanic Gala and have been well recognized by wine critics worldwide for the past decade. Including a Godello in Wine Spectators 2016 Top 100.


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