The sixth edition of Novapet’s business gathering Chips & Grapes took place on 2nd and 3rd October in Barbastro. It brought together more than a hundred participants between clients, collaborating companies, and speakers of a marked international character to develop a very relevant theme for the global economy: connectivity.
As you well know, the name CHIPS & GRAPES faithfully represents the insertion of Novapet, the principal producer of resins and of PET containers, in the Iberian Peninsula, in the territory of the Somontano in which it is located, and its communion with the enterprising spirit of this land, symbolized by its most known product: wine. Innovation, quality and respect for the land are the values for which the products of the D.O. Somontano are appreciated, and they are also the ones that guide and inspire Novapet’s business.
In this sixth edition, the sessions were held with the hospitality of two of the most representative wineries of the Somontano Designation of Origin, the Laus and Enate wineries.
Regarding the established program, we began the afternoon of 2nd October with the welcome presented to the group by David González, managing director of Novapet, at the entrance to the Laus winery, a magnificent area at the very foot of the Somontano, where the starting signal was given for the sessions.
We visited the winery facilities, in which a succinct description was made of the wine production process and the different rooms were visited through which its elaboration takes place.
Next, and as the central part of the program of the first afternoon, the company Caviar Pirinea organised a memorable tasting of its most exquisite products, and revealed to the participants the secrets of a product as emblematic as it is little known: caviar, coming from different species of sturgeons bred in Aragonese waters, and with the different maturing times, which the participants could taste served directly on the skin of their hands, in order to better appreciate its organoleptic properties.
After the caviar came a paired tasting of different tapas prepared with products of Pirinea and accompanied by the varied and fine wines of the host winery.
Following the tasting, and as the closure of the first afternoon’s program, came the dinner, prepared with special care by the restaurant of the Laus bodega.
Thereby having concluded the “Grapes” part on the evening of the 2nd, we began the morning of 3rd October with the “Chips” part, dedicated to the work around the PET market.
Three speakers travelled to the Somontano to speak to the group on three facets in which Novapet is making definite investments:
After the corresponding rounds of questions and leaving the winery behind, we went to the beautiful villa of Alquézar where we could relax, enjoy the views and the outdoor meal they had prepared for us in the Mesón del Vero.
Without a doubt, an incredible day with good weather that accompanied up as we went up to the subsequent visit to the Colegiata, where the participants could enjoy its church, museum and cloister, guided by the town’s parish priest, José María Cabrero, who was presented us with a couple of jotas (traditional Spanish song and dance) that left all those present open-mouthed with amazement.
The active participation of all those attending, sharing these two very intense days with us, has made, once more, the CHIPS&GRAPES encounter be reinforced as a leader in the PET sector and as an unmissable event every even-numbered autumn.
We are sure the presence and collaboration of all the attendees will generate a new, stronger union that looks towards the future.
Without a doubt, we are already more connected, more united.