Palo Cortado Obispo Gascón wins a Mezquita Grand Gold while Manzanilla Solear and Gibalbín 2007 each receive Silver Medals at one of the most important wine competitions in Spain
30 September 2009, Sanlúcar de Barrameda - the long relationship between the Mezquita Awards of Cordoba, now in their fifteenth year, and the wines of Barbadillo continues, confirming this prestigious winery as one of the indisputable queens of the event. In 2007, it was Palo Cortado VORS that achieved the highest accolade of the Mezquita Grand Gold and 2008 saw the VORS Amontillado occupy top spot. This year it was the Palo Cortado Obispo Gascón that exalted the quality of the Barbadillo wines, taking first prize of a Mezquita Grand Gold; one of only nine awarded. In addition, Manzanilla Solear and Gibalbín 2007 each scooped a Silver Mezquita, rounding off a truly satisfactory event for Barbadillo.
This fifteenth edition of the Mezquita Awards has consolidated the competition as an essential reference in the national oenological agenda and elevates Cordoba to the wine capital of the region. It is, without doubt, Andalucía’s most emblematic competition and one of the most important in Spain and has gained due prestige thanks to the high repute and standards of qualified judges who meet to assess the wines, the support of various institutions and finally, its sound and efficient organisation. In addition, the Mezquita Awards is the only national competition to include a prize from the famed Cordoban designer, Elio Berhanyer, which is awarded to the most attractive bottle.
On this occasion, there were 30 wine tasters from all over Spain playing their part, sampling over 400 wines from fifty different certified Designations of Origin, as well as a number of wines from other wine growing areas. Each of the six judging panels was responsible for assessing around 57 wines. The prizes will be awarded on 22nd October in the Assembly Hall of the Palacio de la Merced in Cordoba.
“The response to the competition has been excellent despite the credit crisis” commented the event manager, Concha Torrecilla, who also announced the organisers’ intention open the event to international competition in the future. The president of the judges, Manuel López Alejandre, confirmed this by stating that next year it hoped to include Portugal. The excellent track record of the Mezquita Awards has ensured the ongoing support of the Andalucian Ministry of Agriculture and Fishing (Quality Certified) along with the rest of the sponsors and collaborators, who together make the competition and its complementary activities possible