Wednesday, 26 October 2016

26.10.16 Awards for Rutas del Vino y del Brandy de Jerez; Protest March

The Wine and Brandy Trail of Jerez has won three awards in the III Rutas del Vino Awards promoted by the Spanish Association of Wine Cities (Acevin). The trail itself won one of the awards: Best Promotion Campaign for the website, while Best Gastronomy went to the restaurant La Carboná for its quality, local gastronomy, local produce and atmosphere. González Byass received a special mention in the awards for Best Wine Tourism Experience for the Tio Pepe Festival and Sherry Master.

Cesar Saldana (Consejo), Mamen Sanchez (Mayor) and representative of Acevin (foto:andaluciainformacion)

The Ruta del Vino y del Brandy de Jerez was initiated in 2006 and involves 100 companies related to Sherry and Brandy; from bodegas, restaurants, hotels, wine shops and leisure firms. Over 450,000 people visited last year, making the trail a fantastic boost to the local economy which helps de-seasonalise tourism in the area.

Protest march in Jerez (foto:diariodejerez)

Hundreds of workers launched a protest march yesterday between the big bodegas of Jerez to raise awareness of their “struggle for decent working conditions”. They were accompanied by family, union representatives and left-leaning politicians as well as a police escort. Aware that with a lack of agreement with Fedejerez the strike could be a long one, they wanted to put up a show of strength. Cries could be heard of “Convenio si, miseria no”, “Que viva la lucha de la clase obrera” (long live the working class struggle) and “Si esto no se arregla, Guerra, Guerra, Guerra” (if this isn’t sorted, war, war, war). Both sides have nevertheless agreed to meet at the arbitration service tomorrow at 9.30.

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