The best wine producers, tasters and specialists of Cuba gathered in the province of Sancti Spiritus to celebrate the 28th National Festival of artisanal wines from February 20 to 23.
Rosell Martinez Perez, president of the Bayado Club and coordinator for the Eastern region, said that Holguin is represented in the event by the best winemakers, among the more than 100 participants from the entire country.
The Holguin delegation is composed of Yoima Torres Leyva, with a white wine made of mango; Nilvia Aguilera Sarmiento, with pineapple and sauco; Abilio Torres, semi-sweet of anoncillo; Ivett Pupo Pupo, sparkling white wine of cashew and red wine of grape and sauco; Raquel López Durañona, with sweet wine; Luis Bermúdez Rodríguez, dry wine of grape, who also carries the great prize of the Holguin club with a half-dry wine of pineapple and banana.
According to the criteria of the tasters of the territory, these wines stood out for their brightness, smell and taste, transparency, intensity, finesse, cleanliness, body, balance, persistence and final sensation.
Each delegation brings to the competition 8 of their best samples in white, rosé, red, sparkling, dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet and sweet wines. The jury of the event will award the three best liquors by categories, according to their smell, taste and color.
Noel Morales Rojas, coordinator of winemakers in Cuba, sponsors the event, initiated in Havana in 1991, of the last century, as a space to exchange ideas about the culture and history of the millenary drink in different regions of the country, with the aim of achieving a unique seal, with the use of our tropical fruits.
The most important thing for us, he said, is that we know how to take advantage of producing liquor from tropical fruits, with positive health effects and exchange experiences in order to extend the best initiatives to achieve excellence in Cuban artisanal winemaking, that is why each Festival is a good opportunity to exchange the best knowledge already shown by the different provinces, which deserve to be extended nationally for their proven success.
For Morales there is a higher level in the development of Creole winemaking and quality, is a distinctive feature. The constant improvement of the membership sustains the advances and it is time to sell these liquors in facilities for tourism, as suggested by the Cuban Minister, Manuel Marrero Cruz, in November 2014, in Holguin .
At that time, the Minister of Tourism praised the quality of the Bayado Club's artisanal wines, which are tasted by tourists, especially Canadians and Europeans, of tours of the City of Parks.
The Coordinator of artisanal winemakers advocates to increase the culture of the preferred liquor, above any other beverage.
According to Morales, more than four million bottles of wine are sold each year in Cuba, with better quality, variety and presentation.
In the Caribbean nation there are about 714 private winemakers grouped into 32 clubs, whose utility lies in increasing the wine culture and good habits of healthy consumption of that drink, in localities and neighborhoods.
According to Prensa Latina, the presence of wine on the island exceeds 100 brands, and each year enter the country about 400 containers of wine, an estimated five million 760 thousand bottles.
The Holguin club, founded at the end of the last century, bears the name of Cerro Bayado, better known today as Loma de la Cruz.