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PRODUCTS

Vallformosa ha tornat a brillar amb llum pròpia als Premis Vinari, els Premis dels Vins Catalans, que s’han lliurat la nit d’aquest divendres a l’Auditori de Vilafranca del Penedès. El Vallformosa Cava Col·lecció Pinot Noir 2013 ha estat guardonat amb el Vinari d’Or 2019 al Millor Escumós Rosat i el Vallformosa Cava Col·lecció Brut Nature Reserva 2014 ha conquerit el Vinari de Plata 2019 en la categoria Escumosos Reserva.

En aquesta setena edició dels Premis Vinari, organitzats per vadevi.cat, han participat 948 referències de fins a 260 cellers catalans. Els vins competien en dotze categories. El jurat professional ha estat format per una vuitantena de professionals de la sommelieria, enologia, distribució, exportació, comunicació i prescripció de vins, així com part del panell oficial de tast de l’INCAVI de la Generalitat. La gala de lliurament dels premis ha estat presentada per Empar Moliner i Txe Arana, i presidida per la consellera d’Agricultura, Teresa Jordà, i pel tinent d’alcalde de l’àrea de Desenvolupament econòmic i projecció exterior de l’Ajuntament de Vilafranca, Joan Manel Montfort.

La directora general de les caves amb seu a Vilobí del Penedès, Marta Vidal, ha celebrat aquests nous guardons tot destacant que “premien l’esforç d’un gran equip, molt compromès, que busca l’excel·lència amb caves i vins tranquils que volen emocionar”. Marta Vidal considera que “els Vinari que hem assolit en els darrers anys ens encoratgen a perseverar en el nostre camí, centrat en la màxima exigència qualitativa i de respecte cap al medi ambient”. La directora general de Vallformosa també vol posar en valor la tasca dels viticultors. En aquest sentit diu que “són l’origen de l’elaboració dels vins i caves, i és per això que els proveïdors de raïm són el principal valor de la companyia”.


El Vallformosa Col·lecció Pinot Noir 2013 és un cava fruit d’una molt bona anyada. És viu i molt fruitós. Maduixes i gerds marquen un producte que és gustós i llaminer. Ideal per als millors plats de pasta i també pels aperitius. De color cirera pàl·lid, amb carbònic de fines i cruixents bombolles, aquest cava té una criança mitjana de 15 mesos. En nas mostra una elegant aroma floral i afruitada, amb lleugeres notes de criança. I en boca és rodó i sensual. També és llaminer, alegre i viu, i deixa un final amb agradables sensacions de fruites vermelles.

El Vallformosa Col·lecció Brut Nature Reserva és un cava Reserva Brut Nature elaborat amb les varietats macabeu, xarel·lo, parellada i chardonnay. Es cria durant 24 mesos amb les seves mares en ampolla. Mostra fruita blanca i matisos cítrics i florals. És intens, complex i elegant.

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Tomorrowland

First of all, I would like to introduce myself!

I am Juan Bilbao (many people know me as Bilbo) and this year I have been the flamboyant Happy Lifestyle Manager of Vallformosa in Tomorrowland. For me, Tomorrowland is like home. I’ve been going to the best music festival in the world for 6 years (the same as Vallformosa! They do say that destiny is capricious! ) and for me, Tomorrowland is no longer just a festival, but has become a way of life (I’ll explain why later).

Before explaining to you the incredible experience I lived this July in Boom (Belgium) I will explain how I got here and how I have discovered that, if we want to, we can move the whole world to achieve our purpose.

It all started at the beginning of May, in Stockholm. I went to see the return of my favourite group (Swedish House Mafia) to the stages. Once the performance was over and I was on my way to the hotel, the Vallformosa contest appeared on Instagram and I only had to send a 15-second video to participate. Well I did, and a few days later, they said that I had been selected for the casting in Barcelona. I knew exactly who I had to go with: Gerard. One of my best friends with whom I’ve been going to Tomorrowland since day one.

Up to this point I did not have much hope, as I don’t usually participate in many contests, but this message made me feel REALLY excited. I went to the casting and right from the beginning I knew that I was the ideal candidate and the person they were looking for. Charismatic, cheerful, fun, open to people, and above all, very excited about living the experience with Vallformosa.



The casting was a lot of fun, the idea was to surprise the jury… And we did it! And after that, the final phase began with 12 finalists and popular votes. In this phase I knew that I could win, and with determination and a lot of confidence I made people take the contest as if it were their own. And thanks to all the people who helped me, we were able to fulfil a dream. And really, the one that made me happiest was to see the support of all the people, the esteem they showed me and all the help they gave me, because without receiving anything in return, they dedicated part of their time to make me happy! I was even voted by parents, relatives or work colleagues of people that I have almost no contact with! It became a matter of state almost, and this is one of the greatest things I have ever lived.

Thanks to all this we managed to win the contest, I couldn’t believe that this year I would go as HAPPY LIFESTYLE MANAGER of Vallformosa to Tomorrowland! Then they told me that we would have to go to the Vallformosa wineries to collect the prize and that they had some surprises for us.

Well said and done, 10 days before the festival started, we went to the wineries and they welcomed us with open arms. They gave us breakfast in their magnificent garden (Irene and Sara, one day I will come and have breakfast again) and then they took us on a quad route through the vineyards of the Penedès so that we could get to know the land of cava. As soon as this was over, they took us on a guided tour of the Vallformosa cellars and taught us the whole process of creating and producing cava. And to tell you the truth, we were really amazed!

When we finished, we made a tasting of their cavas, we met Jeff (our Vallformosa contact in Tomorrowland) and while we were eating they gave us the prize we had won: the long-awaited tickets for the festival, the camp where to stay and to enter the VIP of Tomorrowland! And without knowing it, Vallformosa had given us the best gift anyone could ever give us. And why? We go back to the beginning, where I told you that Tomorrowland has become a way of life for us.

Vallformosa not only gave us the opportunity to return to the best festival in the world, without knowing it, they gave us something that is much more important for us. They gave us the opportunity to reunite our Family (called Panda Family). A group of more than 50 people from all over the world that we have been forming over the years and that meet once a year, in Tomorrowland, to live 5 days of dreams, in a place where problems disappear, where happiness is breathed in every corner, where almost 200,000 people gather who think, feel and live the same passion that we do. It’s impossible to explain how it feels when you’re there if you’ve never been there.

Well, with the certainty that we were the ideal people and that Vallformosa would freak out with what we were about to do. We took the flight on a Wednesday at 6 am to Belgium, and that’s where we all met. The next day we were already heading for Dreamville (Tomorrowland campsite).

They opened doors at 11 am and that’s when we set up our “super” campsite, with more than 30 tents and 3 central tents where we all gathered. Once settled was when the show began, the Gathering began (it’s Thursday’s party at the campsite) and it was time to flag Vallformosa in the best festival in the world. Flag in hand, we began to give out bracelets of the brand to people of all nationalities, showing them one of the things that identifies us from our land: cava.

Having overcome the Gathering, we were already facing Friday, the first day of the festival! We got up at 9 am. (it is impossible to sleep for longer on the campsite), we got ready, ate and headed for the festival! The first thing you see as you enter, is the main stage, the Mainstage that stands out on the horizon. And personally, it’s the best Mainstage I’ve ever seen. The first day is very special, it’s to see all the things that have changed, to meet a lot of people, to eat a lot (the food there is FABULOUS, without exception, the quality is exceptional!), to see the new stages and to dance until the feet say enough! We were at home again, with the family and we were happy.

At 5pm, we did something that identifies us year after year and that Tomorrowland’s cameras are already waiting for. 30 of us dressed as giant pandas got up to dance and jump on the Lotus stage and, later, on the Mainstage. And obviously, we passed by Vallformosa’s Fountain Bar. This “show” appeared in the newspapers, websites and even on Belgian television as the “Panda Invasion in Tomorrowland! And as the day went on, we did one of the things we enjoy the most: discovering new stages and new artists: Cage, Core, Rave Cave (of the best), Lotus, Orangerie, etc.



On Friday, what we liked the most was the fantastic sword of Q-Dance (Hardstyle, one of my favourite genres of electronic music) and the Holosphere by Eric Prydz (a unique 4D show where what is happening on the screen seems real) on the Freedom Stage.

Saturday was very special, thanks to Vallformosa we had one of the best experiences in Tomorrowland. The B2B, a space in the Vallformosa Lounge with exclusive views to the Mainstage where we  had food and drinks TOTALLY FREE. A real madness. Apart from that, we also had access to an area with a swimming pool and another with a Jacuzzi!

This day was the best, Da Tweekaz at the Mainstage (Hardstyle, a style well known in northern European countries), W&W (my favourite DJ’s), Brennan Heart at the Q-Dance (where we were dancing, jumping and enjoying with Vallformosa’s representative, Jeff) and Armen Van Buuren (the king of trance and electronic music without a doubt). The day was over and emotions continued to flare up, we had to face the last day of “Book of Wisdow: The return”.




Sunday, the last day and our strengths were no longer the same as the first day. Even so, when you arrived at the festival and felt the music, the batteries were charging and you were back to being a child with a new toy!

This day I wore the Vallformosa t-shirt (and I carried the flag, which accompanied me the 4 days) and people asked me what it was and why I was carrying the flag and wearing the t-shirt, so it was my opportunity to explain what Vallformosa was and all what it had done for us. That day, like the rest, was incredible. The best moments were Symphony of Unity on the Freedom Stage, which was a once-only thing and was in 2015 (I was also there) and consisted of over 60 musicians from the Belgian symphony orchestra playing electronic music with classical instruments and composed by Hans Zimmer (one of the best composers in the world). Literally, it was an hour of crying with emotion and goose bumps. A UNIQUE experience.

And the other highlight was the final performance of 3arelegend on the Mainstage. A session with the most representative hits of the last 15 years (since Tomorrowland celebrated 15 years). A whole hour of jumping and dancing reliving the best moments of Tomorrowland. And this was the end, once again, of the best festival in the world and it was time to return home with many new unforgettable moments, with new friendships, new sensations and new experiences. But, above all, it was time to return home with one thing for sure, next year we will return.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone who trusted me, took the time to make me happy and voted for me. Thank you so much, because without you, it would not have been possible. And I would like to make a special mention of thanks to all the Vallformosa team that made it possible, despite the difficulties we have had at certain times. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, you have made me happy and this for me is what is really matters.

For all of you who read this, see you next year in Tomorrowland, because if one thing makes you happy, enjoy it and fight to never lose it!

#BEBUBLE

 

Joan


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PRODUCTS, Special Edicions
Bubbles and geometric shapes take centre stage in the new presentations of the Origen Brut Nature, Col·lecció Brut Nature Reserva and the rosé Col•lecció Brut Pinot Noir cavas
Vallformosa Cava is presenting three new special editions for this Christmas. Its Origen Brut Nature, Col·lecció Brut Nature Reserva and Col·lecció Pinot Noir cavas are decked out in special, colourful and festive designs with a modern and unique twist that retain the fluorescent features premiered in the Clàssic de Vallformosa sparkling wines, reinforcing the #bebubble spirit synonymous with partying, fun and quality. Placed under ultraviolet light, the bottles come to life and sparkle with light and colour.

The Col·lecció cavas, of which the Brut Reserva has been distinguished as the best Reserve Cava in Catalonia by the Vinari Awards, present a design featuring a metallic texture of coloured rings symbolizing the bubbles these cavas embrace. The Col·lecció Brut Nature Reserva and the Col•lecció Pinot Noir can be found in food retailing outlets.

Moreover, l’Origen Brut Nature Reserva, a cava aged for more than 15 months and sold exclusively in specialized shops and restaurants, is contained in a new presentation during these Christmas festivities. The new bottle’s special design stands out for featuring up to three new geometric presentations that play with multi-coloured squares, circles and crosses. The bottles will be placed randomly in 6-bottle boxes.

The Vallformosa brand is validated by 150 years’ experience in wine growing and in making cavas that are premium quality yet manifest an unconventional, radical character of their own. Cavas with a youthful spirit for enjoying at all times, boosted by the care taken to achieve utmost quality throughout the process. In fact, Vallformosa exerts total control over the cava-making process, from the vine to the bottle. It produces 100% of the must that goes into its cavas and does so under the strict control of the technical department. This quality is endorsed by the number of international awards and distinctions it has won in recent years and by the quality and environmental certifications it has obtained.
 
THE COL•LECCIÓ CAVAS
Col·lecció Brut Nature Reserva, a sparkling wine aged for more than 24 months. It displays white fruit aromas with citrus and white flower hints melding with light aniseed and toasted notes resulting from the ageing process. In the mouth it is fruity, unctuous, dry yet fresh. For its part, the Col·lecció Brut Pinot Noir rosé is a lively, very fruity cava. Strawberries and raspberries define a delectable, luscious cava. Ideal for the best pasta dishes and also when paired with appetizers.
 
THE ORIGEN CAVA
Origen Brut Nature has been aged for more than 15 months and is distinguished by green apple, pear and pineapple aromas. Also perceptible are notes of brioche and nuts, the result of ageing in the bottle. In the mouth it is full-bodied, dry, complex, fruity and balanced. This cava is the perfect pairing for any meal.


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EVENTS, Tomorrowland
One of our favorite #bebubble moments of the year is when July arrives and Tomorrowland begins. Because we are the party, and we also like to be there 😉

We have traveled to Belgium with @claudia_gman and @papaserrajr, who have been our ambassadors during the house world’s weekend par excellence. There they have been able to enjoy Vallformosa vip stand and three days of the best DJs in the world, such as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Afrojack or Axwell Ingrosso.




But not everything is left in Belgium, because Tomorrowland opens its borders every year to invite seven cities of the world to participate in the festival. With live connections to the main stage of Belgium and also with a live luxury poster, Barcelona could experience the essence of Tomorrowland on July 28 in the park of Can Zam. And of course, we also were there.




Now we have to prepare for next year!
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PRODUCTS
Classics are always in style, but we wanted to emphasize the joyous and youthful spirit of Vallformosa giving the Classic a cool touch changing its design.

The design

This has been commissioned by the well-known designer Mario Eskenazi, who has used old fluorine printers to make the labels. In particular, the wooden letters that were used to make the old posters of the Liceu in Barcelona, ​​since Vallformosa is closely linked to the history of this city.




Does people love the Clàssic?

To present the ‘new’ Classic, we organized a visit to the cellars with influencers from different fields. They were able to see the whole process of cava making, how it is done, and after a performance with fluor made by artist Beo Beyond, they saw the design of the Classic exclusively and they could try it. Here there are their reactions!



Not only by itself

And the Classic loves us by itself, but also when we can combine it with other ingredients to give it a different touch, especially now in the summer. Do you like a cocktail at night, on the beach? We also give you some ideas so you can enjoy it at home.

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Pairing, PRODUCTS
Cava is not only for special occasions. We like it on special celebrations, but also in our day to day, because we think that everything fits with cava.

And to begin with, we have tried it with one of our favourite dishes: sushi.

Did you know that ‘sushi’ actually means “sour” in Japanese? It refers to the rice dipped in vinegar, sugar and salt, which we eat together with fish. It is the star dish of Japan, where there is even a University dedicated to this culinary art: to become Itamae (the name of the chefs who cook sushi), students are two years educating themselves on how to cook rice, and then three years learning the elaboration of the fish. In total, five years dedicated to the study of sushi, to be able to end up recognizing even the quality of a fish just by seeing it. In addition, it is a university where only men can study, since in Japan they do not let women cook sushi. The theory is that women have higher temperature of the hands and therefore they alter the taste of rice, and although scientifically it has been shown to be a false theory, many girls who want to cook sushi have to do it outside their country .

How to eat sushi?

Traditionally, the typical sushi is with tuna, although the most requested in Europe are salmon and avocado. In Japan there is no avocado, and it was the Norwegians who introduced salmon into sushi in the eighties.

In addition, the Japanese eat sushi with their hands and in order: they start with the fish with the lightest flavor and they increase until they reach the strongest (that is, from the white fish to the pink and finally the red fish). They also combine it with ginger, between pieces and pieces to enjoy each flavor from zero.

We have chosen Vallformosa Col·lecció Pinot Noir, a floral, fruity and cheerful cava to combine it with this dish. In addition, it is a cava that pairs perfectly with the fish, so it is the perfect companion.


Do you dare to try it?

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