The assembly of Qalidès, Terrers del Penedès has chosen the presidency and board for the next two years. By absolute majority, the members of the association voted the renewal of Mireia Torres as the president of Qalidès for a period of two years, in which she will be accompanied by her current secretary and her current treasurer, Joan Huguet and Xavier Gramona respectively.
Since Mireia Torres was nominated president, on February 1, 2013, the association of Qalidès, Terrers del Penedès, has added two new partners: Mas Candí and Parés Baltà, and has worked hard to spread the entity, its wineries and their wines through events and various actions.
As an important internal project, the website of Qalidès has been renewed. All the online information of the cellars was adapted in order to address both wine enthusiasts, and professionals of the sector.
As the most outstanding and innovative activity, the association of Qalidès organized, for the very first time in Spain, the Speed Tasting, a new way of tasting which aims to bring the world of wine to new consumers. Two editions of Speed Tasting have been so far celebrated in Catalonia's Capital, Barcelona.
The first edition "Debat Qalidès" was organized under the title "The influence of the soil in the expression of wines" to address to a more professional public. The event counted on the presence of by M. Claude and Mme. Lydia Bourguignon as the main speakers, and with the presence of Mr. Jaume Boixadera, the head of Soil and Environmental Services Management and Agricultural Production of the Generalitat of Catalonia, who led a subsequent debate.
The association of Qalidès continued the professional development by creating a course in the University of Barcelona (UB) during the summer. Moreover, the association participated in two theoretical and practical sessions called Qalidès: "Draft respect to the vineyard and grape". These two sessions were part of the course "The art of good wine", which was held on 15 and 17 July in the Vinseum Museum of Vilafranca del Penedès.
On a more local level, it was organized the "Dimarts Qalidès" (Qalidès Tuesdays) in the Taverna del Vinseum. During 13 weeks, the audience could enjoy the talks and tastings of wines that the processors and each winery owners conducted to a totally devoted audience.
Objective: To strengthen the territory
After the voting, Mireia Torres announced her will to keep publicizing Qalidès, and wineries that are part of both consumers and professionals in the hotel industry and catering.
Qalidès, Terrers del Penedès was founded in 2004 with the aim of bringing together different wineries that were "interested in displaying a 'Penedès' concerned about preserving a culture of respectful with the environment and landscape and position their estate wines among the best in the world" . The wineries that today are part of the entity are: Huguet de Can Feixes, Albet and Noya, Mas Comtal, Jean Leon, Gramona, Miguel Torres, Can Ràfols dels Caus, Jané Ventura, Avgvstvs Forvm, Castellroig Sabaté-Coca, Finca Viladellops Mas Candí, Grizzly and Parés Baltà.
Dinàmic Comunicació, will remain the agency responsible for managing communication of the association, both internally and externally, and to maintain regular contacts with the specialized press.