• The city of Aranda de Duero has been named European Wine City by the European Wine Cities Network (RECEVIN).

• It won over Cariñena (Aragon), Haro (La Rioja) and Rueda (Castile and Leon), who also competed for the distinction.

• The organization highlighted the quality of all applications.

The city of Aranda de Duero has been named European Wine City by the European Wine Cities Network (RECEVIN), which is part of the Spanish Wine Cities Association (ACEVIN). She was elected at the RECEVIN Board of Directors meeting held in Madrid on October 30, 2019 at the headquarters of the Secretariat of State for Tourism.

The European Wine City is an initiative of RECEVIN, in which every year a wine city is selected. This city must have an important part of its economy revolving around wine, an important wine culture and where wine tourism is important. There are therefore cities located in areas protected by the Protected Designation of Origin that apply for this award. The rotating competition may include the different countries that are part of this European network: Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Spain, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Serbia.

Thus, this initiative, which focuses for a whole year on a city or region, becomes an excellent tool for the promotion of tourism, aiming to project the wine culture and the traditions of the wine territory, preserving the natural and landscape resources that make wine a quality product and consolidating links with other European regions.

After carefully studying and technically evaluating the different proposals, RECEVIN’s Board of Directors awarded Aranda de Duero the European Wine City 2020. It beat Cariñena (Aragon), Haro (Rioja) and Rueda (Castile and León) who also competed for the distinction.

The European cities that received this recognition were Marsala (Italy) in 2013, Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) in 2014, Reguengos de Monsaraz (Portugal) in 2015, Conegliano and Valdobbiadene (Italy) in 2016, Cambados (Spain) in 2017, Alenquer and Torres Vedras (Portugal) in 2018 and Sannio and Falangina (Italy) in 2019.

The city of Aranda de Duero will have an extensive program of cultural, tourist, academic and outreach activities in the year 2020, with the aim of disseminating heritage, landscape and gastronomy, with wine and its culture being the main theme.