Red, White & Rosé: 100 Wines to Sample at the Rioja Wine Festival 2023

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Here’s how to sell an event: This weekend, ‘The Rioja Wine Festival 2023’ will be held over 8 hours and 2 sessions – and this is the clincher – “in order to provide an opportunity for ticketholders to taste as many wines as possible”. And, there’s more than 100 to sample!

WineOnline.ie is behind this day long festival of masterclasses and wine tasting. Experts Fergal Tynan and John Wilson will host 4 masterclasses throughout the day, between them.

Over 100 wines will be available to taste. Most of the top Rioja estates will be present. You’ll be given a tasting booklet and tasting glass upon entry, and each of the wines will be represented by their unique importers who will be delighted to engage questions and discussions. There will be whites, reds and some rosé wines to taste throughout the day.

According to WineOnline.ie: “The wines produced there are approachable, accessible, consistent and delicious. Many of them are produced in the traditional style, with fruit and oak playing key roles in the flavour profile. However, there is an increasing move away from this traditional style by smaller producers who are ageing their wines for less time, emphasizing fruit instead of oak. Then we have Single Vineyard classified wines, which are being produced since the 2018 vintage. These are wines made from a single plot, with a lower yield than traditional Rioja wines, thus producing higher quality. We want you to come and explore the changing world of Rioja wines this October 2023.”

You’ll Enjoy

  • Cheese and Charcuterie boards from the executive chef at the Davenport Hotel.
  • €10 back to spend against any wine purchases made at The Rioja Wine Festival. WineOnline.ie will deliver these to your home or work address.
  • A complimentary Tote Bag and tasting glass valued at €20 which is yours to take home and keep.
  • A tasting booklet and wine guide to the Festival upon arrival.
  • Exclusive Festival offers on the day

*New for 2023*

Aside from tasting over 100 wines from Rioja, this year you’ll get to enjoy ‘The Discovery Zone’. This is a dedicated area of the festival to other regions you may or may not know from Spain.

You’ll get to try the wines of Rueda, famous for their climate resistant and refreshing Verdejo white wines, Rias Biaxas, where the Albarino grape is king and Ribera del Duero, known for its rich, vibrant and powerful red wines will all be available to taste. Your taste buds may not be able to cope with the wealth and depth of wonderful and different wines we plan to have on display for you but one thing is for sure……you will travel the length and breadth of Spain in one day, without ever leaving Dublin!

What: The Rioja Wine Festival

Where: Davenport Hotel, Merrion Street, Dublin 2

When: Saturday, October 21

Time: 1pm-9pm (Session 1 1pm-4pm; Session 2 5.30pm-8.30pm)

General Admission: €35 per person

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