The winery El Sueño de las Alforjas, from Valdevimbre, repeats its success for the third consecutive year in the exclusive competition for environmentally certified wines.

The whites of the native Albarín grape variety continue to be successful in a season of major national and international competitions that is once again particularly favourable for wines from the León Designation of Origin. The firm commitment of the winery El Sueño de las Alforjas (Valdevimbre) to environmentally friendly certification for its production and its proven oenological criteria are being justly rewarded. This has been the case for the last three years at the Ecovino-Ecowine Awards, becoming a classic reference in the list of winners of the most important and exclusive competition for organic wines, as in the two previous editions it won three gold medals, not only for the Albarín whites, but also for its red with wood from Prieto Picudo, the other native grape of the production area in the south of the province.

In the 2024 edition, the Valdevimbre winery has climbed up the ranks and has just closed its participation in the competition with one of the ten grand gold medals for Cascabel 2023, in the oak-free white category, and a new gold medal for El Sueño de las Alforjas 2021 in the oaked white category. This is a long-aged wine fermented in 500-litre French oak barrels and, once finished, it undergoes an ageing period of at least nine months on the lees.

The international competition for exclusively organic wines, Premios Ecovino-XV Edition Ecowine Awards, was held at the Scientific-Technological Complex of the University of La Rioja and on this occasion evaluated more than three hundred references from one hundred wineries and thirty-five wine-growing regions. The jury, chaired by Professor Antonio Tomás Palacios and made up of thirty expert judges, scored the wines in blind tastings. The prizes will be awarded at a gala event to be held on 23 May in the Aula Magna of the Quintiliano Building in the La Rioja university complex.

These very important distinctions come on top of the eleven medals -five gold, three silver and three bronze- for the Albarín whites and Prieto Picudo rosés and reds won at the first two competitions of the year, Atlantic and Vinespaña, the two gold and three silver medals at the rosé session of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and the two great gold, two gold and also two silver medals at Cinve, Concours International de Lyon, Premios Casino de Madrid and International Virtus de Lisboa. The twenty-four top international awards achieved in the first major wine competitions of the year alone confirm the excellent organoleptic qualities of the vinifications of the Denominación de Origen León’s indigenous reference varieties.

DO León