This week the Penin Guide tasting team arrived at the D.O.C. Rioja. As the only premium appellation in Spain (the other one is Priorat), it is one of the most important appellations in the Penin Guide's annual tasting tour, as it has given birth to many masters of wine and has a large number of quality wineries.
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The tasting tour lasted three days and the tasting team tasted 161 wineries with more than 800 red, white, pink and sweet wines. In the coming month, several hundred Rioja wines will be sent directly to the Penin headquarters in Madrid for tasting.
According to Pernin scorer Zhang Ziyang, the overall quality of the new wines for the 2019 vintage is very high, with traditional and emerging wineries working hand in hand, with the two indigenous grape varieties, Maturana and Tempranillo Blanco, being particularly stunning and eye-catching.
The tasting team was still composed of Carlos Gonzlez, Director of Penin Guide Tasting Team, Javier Luengo, Editor-in-Chief of Penin Guide, Boris Olivas, Director of Penin Tasting Academy and Zhang Ziyang, Director of Penin Greater China.