Carmen Martínez Zabala, presidenta del Grupo Faustino


Grupo Faustino triumphs in the 1st Gastro & CÍA. Awards organised by La Razón newspaper

Thursday, December 15th 2016
Carmen Martínez Zabala, presidenta del Grupo FaustinoCarmen Martinez Zabala, president of Grupo FaustinoCarmen Martínez Zabala, presidenta del Grupo FaustinoGerardo Alonso, director de Marketing del Grupo FaustinoGerardo Alonso, Grupo Faustino Marketing ManagerGerardo Alonso, director de Marketing del Grupo Faustino

The Gastro & Cía. Awards price-giving ceremony took place on Wednesday, 14 December at the main offices of La Razón. Francisco Marhuenda, the newspaper´s editor in chief, welcomed the guests. The event was hosted by former television presenter and expert nutritionist Patricia Pérez. The awards were given by Carlos Chaguaceda, Director General of Tourism of the Madrid Region.

In this first edition of the La Razón Gastro & Cía. Awards the jury panel (consisting of editor in chief Francisco Marhuenda; assistant editor Pedro Narváez, sales manager Andrés Navarro and food journalist, Tatiana Ferrandis) granted the following awards:

  • Career path: Lucio Blázquez de Casa Lucio (Madrid)
  • Chef of the Year: Óscar Velasco de Santceloni (Madrid)
  • Sommelier of the Year: María José Huertas of restaurante La Terraza del Casino (Madrid)
  • Restaurant of the Year: Aponiente with Ángel León (El Puerto de Santamaría, Cádiz)
  • Food space: Restaurante Amazónico, owned by Sandro Silva and Marta Seco of Grupo El Paraguas (Madrid)
  •  Red Rioja Wine: Bodegas Campillo (Laguardia, Álava)
  •  Wine tourism: Bodegas Portia (Gumiel de Izán, Burgos)
  •  Mixology: Pernod Ricard
  •  Jabugo Cured Ham: Dompal
  •  Carbonell Gold Stopper Special prize: Ikea

Carmen Martinez Zabala, president of Grupo Faustino, collected the Red Rioja Wine award on behalf of Bodegas Campillo and Gerardo Alonso, Grupo Faustino Marketing Manager, collected the Wine Tourism award given to  Bodegas Portia.


Grupo Faustino, a fourth generation family business, has become the undisputed leader in the production and export of high quality wines. More than half of its production is exported and it is the world´s leading exporter of DOCa Rioja Gran Reserva wines. Since it started business in 1861, Grupo Faustino has grown to include seven wineries, located in five key Spanish designations of origin. It owns close to 2000 hectares of vineyards.

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