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In 1979, at the prestigious "Wine Olympics" of the Gault Millau in Paris, a Spanish Cabernet Sauvignon beat its big competitors. Among them were top châteaux like Latour and Lafite. In the blind tasting, only French experts and wine journalists had tasted - and there, an unknown Spanish wine with the unknown name "Gran Coronas Black Label" wins the first prize. Moreover, the wine had been filled into a Burgundy bottle with a black label. This was also quite unusual at that time. It was produced by 29-year-old Miguel A. Torres. Thus, Spain appeared on the map of great red wines for the first time. Torres, the young viticulture pioneer, had studied in Dijon, France, and this was already considered as a betrayal by Spanish vintners. He comes from the Pénedes region near Barcelona, where in the 1960ies exclusively grapes for Cava were produced. Nobody knew Cabernet, how to produce it was unknown. And now the most famous red wine of Spain came from the heart of this growing area.