The group of squares "Minerva" , together with Yecla Wine Route , the City of Yecla and the Association of Mayordomos will celebrate the ninth edition of the VIRGIN FEASTS OF THE VIRGIN ENVIRONMENTAL CERTAIN , which will take place on November 17 .

Along with the attached wineries, Bodegas Castaño, Bodegas Señorío de Barahonda, Bodegas La Purísima, Bodegas Evine and Bodegas Casa Boquera , the organization of the event will organize three events on Saturday, November 17.


Among the activities developed by the Wine Route of Yecla are many activities aimed at coexistence, fusion between wines and cuisine, visits to wineries, ... A whole series of activities aimed at knowledge and discovery of wines and wineries of Yecla , and the tasting of tapas and typical dishes of our bars, restaurants and wine houses.

The organization of the contest has decided to define what will be the current focus that should characterize this event in the future. It is none other than the " Formation of the wine and hospitality sector of the city of Yecla" .

Our "Taste of Amateur Tasters" has among its objectives to spread the culture of wine and give notions to its participants of how to carry out a tasting . In addition to its competitive nature, like any contest, it has an important didactic character in the different tasting techniques.

In line with that training, this year we took up one of the activities we carried out in 2013 and 2014, a professional Master Class aimed at the wine and catering sector. Those years we could count on the presence of the restaurants with " Estrella Michelin " of the city of Alicante, Mª José San Román of the Monastrell Restaurant; and from the Region of Murcia, Pablo González Conejero from the restaurant "La Cabaña Buenavista". From the organization of the contest we see interesting to carry out the training to this sector, that contributes so much to our city, and that to a certain extent can help to complement and improve the service of restoration that is lent in Yecla.

The ACTIVITIES that will be held next November 17 will be the following:

Amateur tasters contest

The contest will take place at 10:30 am at the Regulatory Council facilities. Limited assistance to participants.

The contest of tasters will be open to the general public , considered amateur and therefore the participation of professionals dedicated to enology will not be allowed. The Escuadra Minerva Association will carry out the organization of this contest. It will award three cash prizes to its first three classified. All participants will be presented with a diploma and a bottle of wine , a gift offered by the Regulatory Council of the Denomination of Origin "Vinos Yecla".

The rules of the contest can be found on the website of the Escuadra Minerva Association . The pre-registration to the contest, which must be done from the website of the squad ends on November 14.

The prizes will consist of the delivery of cash and a trophy. The first one will be delivered by the Hon. City Council of Yecla, the second by the Wine Route Association of Yecla and the third by the Escuadra Minerva Association, and will amount to 200, 150 and 100 € respectively.

Master Class. Training Activity: "Wine, Gastronomy and its suggestive sale in hospitality"

Time and place: 10:30 am in the salons of Los Chispos restaurant, located in Yecla (Murcia) Ctra. De Villena s / n. The attendance will be limited to the invitations made by the organization of the event.

Activity aimed at hospitality professionals. The organization of the event reserves the right to carry out the invitations to establishments and persons it deems appropriate.

Our guest, José Joaquín Cortés, will give a day directed to restaurants and bars whose content will focus on different aspects:

The winery management and the gastronomic offer of wines in hotels and specialized shops.

The service and communication of wine to the customer.

Merchandising techniques and suggestive wine sales. Customer loyalty in bars, restaurants and specialized stores.

Tasting of 5 representative wines of the DO Yecla.

Playful and informative activity, and awards ceremony

In the afternoon at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Auditorium . Free assistance

Activity to be held, by José Joaquín Cortés , under the title " Film Cups. Wines, gastronomy, and mythical cocktails of the seventh art " .

In this act will be carried out the delivery of prizes of the contest celebrated in the morning in the facilities of the Regulatory Council.

José Joaquín Cortés

Some of the highlights of our guest:

Born in Alicante (Spain) and 45 years old, he has a Law Degree from the University of Valencia, a Master in International Business Management from the EOI in Seville and a CAP Diploma (Certificate of Pedagogical Aptitude) from the University of Seville .

Best sommelier of Spain "Nose of Gold" 2012 , runner-up in the world in the "Habanosommelier International Contest" 2010, finalist of the UAES contest "Best Sommelier in Spain", from 2009 to 2013, winner of the mixology contest "Origin" by Schweppes 2011 in Andalusia and finalist of the contest "Best Sommelier of Spain in Cava" - DO Cava 2015, among other recognitions.

Sommelier and freelance consultant of food and drinks, is an expert in sensory analysis and specialist in wines, spirits, mixology, coffee, Habanos and gastronomy, nationally and internationally. In the same way, he is an advisor to hotel, beverage and gourmet food companies in the fields of training, marketing and brand communication and the organization of events.

Diploma in "Olfaction Techniques" (Ysios Elite Program by Alexandre Schmitt, Ferrán Adriá Chair, Camilo José Cela University) and trainer approved by the CRDO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry and Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda. His training in the fields of hospitality, sommeliers and gastronomy was developed "in company" between 2005 and 2012 in which he served as manager of the food and beverage department of the Modesto Restaurants chain , in Seville (Spain).