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Gold and Silver Medals for Malibràn Prosecco
Loris Scagliarini – June 26, 2008
Maurizio Favrel, the young owner and winemaker of Azienda Agricola Malibràn, producer of the excellent prize winning wines Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOC Spumante Brut – Ruio and Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOC Spumante Extra Dry – Gorio, among others, won an important gold medal in Italy and two silver ones in the US in a matter of a couple of weeks.
First, the Azienda Agricola Malibràn participated in the prestigious and unique Italian wine competition, La Selezione del Sindaco (Mayor's Selection Competition) as demanded by the mayor of Susegana, the small town in the heart of the production zone of the Prosecco DOC di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene sparkling wine, and won one of the 13 gold medals brought home by the Veneto region with the Brut version of his lively spumante. The medals were awarded during an official ceremony in Rome's Campidoglio, on June 26, 2008. This competition is unique in that the mayors from all the Italian municipalities within a DOCG, DOC or IGT, participate in "partnership" with the small, quality producers of his choice from the area, in the national competition.
Less than two weeks later, Favrel received news from the Los Angeles Wine & Spirit Competition, where both versions of his Prosecco were awarded medals for the fourth year in a row, that is, for as long as the Malibràn wines have participated in the fair's international wine competition.
Back in 2005, as the very first pallet filled with cases of the Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOC Spumante Extra Dry – Gorio, which was then the only spumante type of wine produced by the estate, was at sea, on a refrigerated container due at the port of Oakland, in California, Maurizio Favrel entered the wine in the L. A. County Fair International Wine Competition by dropping by at their booth at the Vinitaly trade show, in Verona, Italy.
That year the Gorio, which is named for the nickname of Maurizio Favrel's grandfather, who first started to grow vineyards on the family farm, won the gold medal and the special Best of Show mention. The following year, 2006, the first in which the Ruio was produced, it won the gold medal, while the Gorio brought home silver. In 2007 and 2008, both wines won the silver medal. The Brut version of the wine, Ruio, is named after a local creek which runs by the winery.
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