Regional wine contest
Tierra del Quijote
Tierra del Quijote Regional Wine Contest
23rd March | ALCÁZAR DE SAN JUAN
The Tierra del Quijote Regional Wine Contest is part of the annual calendar of Spain’s most important wine competitions.
The aim of the competition is to promote the quality of La Mancha wines and help bring wine culture closer to the general public.
Organised by the Ayuntamiento de Alcázar de San Juan, the competition has the peculiarity of having a jury made up of 1,000 people who are in charge of evaluating the characteristics of the wines.
The awards that will be presented to the winning wines (Quijote de Oro, Quijote de Plata y Quijote de Bronce) represent one of the most important certifications for wine, as it is the recognition granted by more than 1,000 people.
Around 80 wineries from all over Castilla La Mancha take part in each edition of the competition. There are 250 wines in the competition, which means that 1,500 bottles will be used for the blind tasting.
Wineries belonging to the different Designations of Origin of Castilla La Mancha, as well as Vinos de la Tierra de Castilla, such as D.O. Manchuela, D.O. Valdepeñas, D.O. Almansa, D.O. Jumilla, D.O. Uclés, D.O. Méntrida, D.O. Mondéjar and D.O. La Mancha, will be taking part in the competition.
This year is the tenth anniversary of the event and Alcázar de San Juan will offer new gastronomic and cultural activities during the weekend, in collaboration with institutions, hotels and wineries. These include:
Saturday 2️⃣3️⃣ of March:
11.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plaza de San Quiteria. Galería DO La Mancha. Tasting of different wines of the DO La Mancha. For free.
11.30 a.m. Bodega La Tercia: Commented tasting of 3 wines with ham and cheese tasting. Price: 12€
11:30 a.m. Cooperativa San Lorenzo (bodega gran prior de la Alameda). Commented Tasting. For free.
Saturday 2️⃣4️⃣ of march:
11:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. Traditional Milling. Cerro de los Molinos. For free. Reservations at Alcázar de San Juan Tourist Office
11:30 a.m. Bodegas Viñasoro: Visit to the winery with tasting of 3 wines and local cheese. Price 6€.
12:30 a.m. Bodegas Alort: Tasting of Pétrola (3 wines) and Baltar (2 wines) and aperitif. Price 9€.
· Reservations at the Tourist Office of Alcázar de San Juan | Limited Places ·
2️⃣3️⃣ and 2️⃣4️⃣ VISITS TO MUSEUMS and INTERPRETATION CENTRES| Free admission
👉 Palatial Complex: Palace Chapel and Torreón del Gran Prior
👉 Museo Casa del Hidalgo
👉 Museo de la Alfarería Manchega FORMMA
[Last updated: March 2019]