The first week of July is always time for the festival fair VI JAZZ PENEDES in Vilafranca (Barcelona). It’s one of the most exciting and interesting events for winemakers, sommeliers, chefs and restaurants, where the best wines and cava’s (sparkling wine) from the region of Penedes are presented to the rhythm of Jazz.
This year it has been the 7th edition and the most successful one, with a record of visitors (45.000 people) coming also from abroad, where they could enjoy plenty of excellent and very interesting activities such as: the master tasting, led by the 3 stars Michelin sommelier Joan Lluís Gómez; sessions devoted to cooking with wine; technical workshop for wine growers and linked to the viticulture; eno-visits; gastronomic tasting; free eno-jazz concerts during the day, and in the evenings with fantastic world-class artists, and with the participation of the winner of 20 Grammy’s Chick Corea.
41 cellars from the region of Penedes presented their most important and representative wines and sparkling ones from their best collections, where visitors could choose between 300 white, rosé, red and sweet wines.
64,000 tastings were served and the tickets for tasting were provided with a Riedel glass high quality and a modern and very practical glass holder. Besides, the tasting and pairing sessions were organized in three different rooms, were 1,525 people were welcomed to taste very high level products.
The Cooking Wine was one of the additional happenings, which was guided by the known Chef, writer and gastronome, Pere Sans. His speech was regarding the possibilities that we can find from wine to cook. This speech was specially addressed to chefs, restaurants and all the cooking amateurs.
The Jazz Festival was an absolute success. During these days, the stage was completely full of people looking forward to enjoy the Jazz shows from this edition. ViJazz festival is the second most important from Catalonia.
The program was composed by great artists such as Chick Corea and his band The Vigil, the group Medeski and Martin & Wood, Eliane Elias, the Quartet John Piazzarelli, Phronesis, Barcelona Big Blues Band, the powerful Astrio and Roger Blàvia.
In addition to, there were amazing sessions of EnoJazz and Poetic Vijazz, the documental “Vilafranca, Jazz city”, the Vermut Jazz, events at the Vijazz cellar and an exposition of the Classic Cars Vijazz.
If you are fond of wine world, technical workshops and Jazz, then you won’t miss it next time.