2019 F.I.C.B. International Wine Tasting and Rating Challenge

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The Knights of the Vine of Finland will host the first edition of the F.I.C.B. International Wine Tasting and Rating Challenge in Finland from 6 to 9 June 2019. In addition to a superb gastronomic, wine and touristic programme, an individual blind wine tasting competition and a collective rating of all the wines served during the event are included. The rules published by F.I.C.B..

Registration and payment is now open Register for the event now

PROGRAMME OF THE 2019 F.I.C.B. CHALLENGE

Thursday, 6 June 2019, Day 1

Upon arrival at Helsinki-Vantaa airport : transfers to Haikko Manor and Spa (driving time ca 30-35 minutes).

14:00 – 18:00    Registration at the Haikko Manor and Spa in Porvoo
18:00 – 19:00    Welcome Reception Hosted by the  Knights of the Vine Finland
19:00 – 22:00    Get-together dinner with wine presentation at Haikko Manor – live music

Friday, 7 June 2019, Day 2

Introduction of Porvoo and Finland (Independent State for 100 years in 2017), brief history, economy and culture.

09:00 – 10:30    First session of the FICB Wine Blind Tasting Competition (for the participants having registered for the contest)
10:45 – 12:00    Porvoo Old Town walking tour and exclusive program by City of Porvoo
12:00 – 13:30    Enthronement to the Finland Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine, reception hosted by the Mayor of Porvoo
13:30 – 15:00    Traditional Finnish lunch by the sea, prepared the way it has been done for centuries by local fishermen.
15:00                      Free time (shopping time) in Old Town of Porvoo or relax at the Haikko Manor
16:00 – 17:00    Wine Tasting in the Wild
18:00                     Transfer to Kiala Manor (built 1796 by general Carl Johan Adlercreutz) and dinner in   Arched Cellar
22:00                      Back to the hotel

Saturday, 8 June 2019, Day 3

09:00 – 10:30     Second session of the FICB Blind Wine Tasting Competition (for the participants having registered for the contest)
10:00 – 12:00     Traditional Finnish Fishing Competition – guided and organized by 4H-youth association
13:00 – 15:00     Visit with lunch at Navetta/Kannonnokka Farmhouse
15:30                      Back to Haikko, free time to enjoy Finnish Sauna, Spa or just relax
19:00 – 23:00     Haikko Manor – Villa, F.I.C.B. Gala with Awards’ Ceremony, together                                          with the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine Finland’s
Chapter for its 20th Anniversary.
Announcement of Winners of F.I.C.B. Blind Wine tasting competition.
And last but not least announcement of the Best Wines of the event.                                          Evening will be entertained by World Famous Finnish artists.
Are you ready to dance !

Sunday, 9 June 2019, Day 4

09:00 – 11:30   Farewell – Champagne breakfast together with all participants.

Transfers to Helsinki-Vantaa airport or agreed spot to continue lovely extra program.


OPTIONAL EXTENSION IN HELSINKI AND TALLINN, ESTONIA


Sunday, 9 June 2019, Day 1       Helsinki, the capital of Finland

 

12.00                 Departure from Haikko Manor
13.00 – 18.00    Helsinki sightseeing tour with visit to Unesco World Heritage Suomenlinna fortress
18.00               Check-in to Hotel President
20.00               Dinner at Restaurant Juuri specializing in organic products from Finland

Monday 10 June 2019, Day 2    Cruise to Tallinn the capital of Estonia, a former Soviet state

 

08.30                     Departure from hotel to Länsi-Satama harbour
10.30 – 12.30   Ferry to Estonia
13.00 – 16.00   Tallinn Old Town tour around the former Hanseatic League medieval city
16.00                     Late Lunch at medieval restaurant Olde Hansa
19.30-21.30     Ferry back to Helsinki

Tuesday, 11 June 2019, Day 3   Time to explore Helsinki

 

09.00                Breakfast & Check-out
09.00-              Free time for shopping and the great museums of Helsinki

 

It is possible to extend the program with a 2-night cruise across the beautiful Finnish Archipelago to Stockholm, Sweden or with a Visa-free cruise to St Petersburg, Russia. The pricing and schedule for the cruises for either destination are not yet available and will be published latest in January 2019.

 


PACKAGE OPTIONS


FICB Challenge 6-9 June 2019

 

Haikko Spa Hotel

 

Standard          890,00 € per person twin/double room             for single stay 1100,00 €

Superior           990,00 € per person twin/double room             for single stay 1250,00 €

De Luxe            1120,00 € per person twin/double room                       for single stay 1450,00 €

 

Haikko Manor

 

Classic              1150,00 € per person twin/double room                       for single stay 1450,00 €

Imperial           1290,00 € per person twin/double room                       for single stay 1650,00 €

Suite                1500,00 € per person twin/double room                       for single stay 2000,00 €

 

Enthronement to the Finland Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine (optional) 150,00 € per person
One free enthronement per wine brotherhood represented

All prices for F.I.C.B. Wine Challenge registration include:

Hotel for 3 nights inclusive of breakfast, 3 dinners with wines, 2 lunches with wines, all visits as program, transports, entertainment.

 

Extension 2 nights + visit to Estonia: 9-11 June 2019

 

Hotel President 650 € per person twin/double room                 for single stay 780,00 €

The price includes hotel 2 nights, breakfast and meals, and transportation.

Registration is now open Register for the event now

 


For any questions or enquiries please contact KOV Finland Wine Challenge 2019 team via email kovwinechallenge@gmail.com


Useful websites:

http://www.visitfinland.com/

https://www.visitporvoo.fi/

http://www.haikko.fi/en

http://www.kannonnokka.com/ (only in Finnish)

http://www.taidetehdas.fi/en/

http://kialagard.com/en/index.htm

 

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