Ilona Pajtokne Tari, Rector of the Eszterházy Károly Catholic University, and Juan Carlos Ayala, Rector of the University of La Rioja.

During the week of 11-15 March 2024, Rector Ilona Pajtokne Tari and Vice-Rector for General Affairs Kálmán Zoltán Váczy, from the Eszterházy Károly Catholic University (Hungary), paid an institutional visit to the University of La Rioja (UR). The Hungarian higher education institution is part of the European consortium «European University for Geographical Identity as a Driver for Food Systems Transition to Sustainability (EU-GIFT)».

The EU-GIFT strategic project seeks to establish a partnership between seven European universities located in different regions of Central, Southern and Eastern Europe (Portugal, France, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Romania and Spain). These universities have a strong connection with their respective territories, which are mainly characterised by their agricultural activity. The main objective of this alliance is to boost the development of these regions through the promotion of quality foods that have a distinctive geographical identity.

The EU-GIFT European University seeks excellence in teaching, research and knowledge transfer in the field of beverages and food.

Several meetings were held with the Rector of the University of La Rioja, Juan Carlos Ayala Calvo, as well as with Eduardo Fonseca and Montserrat Mendoza, vice-rectors for Research and Internationalisation and for Academic Coordination and Quality, respectively. In addition, Elena González Fandos, director of the Enorregion Project, and Miguel Ángel Acedo, deputy director of the European University Project, also participated in these meetings.

From left to right: Miguel Ángel Acedo, Montserrat Mendoza, Kálmán Zoltán Váczy, Ilona Pajtokne Tari, Juan Carlos Ayala, Eduardo Fonseca, and Elena González.

From left to right, Miguel Ángel Acedo, Elena González Fandos and Juan Carlos Ayala from the UR with Ilona Pajtók-Tari, Kálmán Zoltán Váczy, and Hajnalka Csáfor fromEszterházy Károly Catholic University

During this institutional visit, meetings were held with representatives of the research groups related to the field of Agriculture, Food and Oenology of the University of La Rioja. A meeting was also held with UR colleagues in charge of the Master’s Degree in Wine Tourism. There were various in-site visits to UR facilities, such as its winery, practice field, tasting room, laboratories, etc.

Furthermore, the Hungarian delegation was received by José Miguel Martínez Zapater, Director of the Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences (ICVV), and together they visited this research centre.

The Hungarian delegation also visited CVNE and Martínez La Cuesta wineries in Haro, as well as the Monasteries of San Millán de la Cogolla.