Ventana Gold Corp.
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Ventana Gold Corp.

April 22, 2009 13:59 ET

Ventana Acquires El Cuatro Property-Extends Potential Strike Length of La Mascota

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 22, 2009) - Ventana Gold Corp. (TSX:VEN) ("Ventana" or "the Company") is pleased to announce it has entered into a binding agreement with a private Colombian company for an exclusive option to acquire a 100% working interest in the El Cuatro property. El Cuatro comprises 54.6 hectares of mineral rights strategically situated along strike of the open-ended, high-grade La Mascota zone on the Comany's flagship La Bodega property in Colombia.

Ventana holds ground on either side of the El Cuatro property and the acquisition will provide a contiguous land position covering up to 1.3 kilometres of additional strike length along the southwest trend of the La Mascota zone. To date, the La Mascota zone has been drill tested along 725 metres of strike length, exhibiting true composite mineralized widths of 20 to 80 metres and remains open to expansion in all directions. The furthest southwest hole drilled to date, hole 100, returned an intercept of 57.4 metres of 8.66 grams per tonne of gold (see news release dated March 26, 2009, available on www.ventanagold.com). Ventana currently has three drills operating on the La Bodega property testing the down-dip and along-strike extensions of the La Mascota zone.

The El Cuatro property has been the site of ongoing small-scale gold mining for over 50 years. The majority of the historic and current mine workings are located on what appears to be a parallel mineralized structure situated approximately 250 metres to the east of the La Mascota zone and appears to provide an additional exploration target.

Ventana CEO Richard Warke said: "We are very pleased to be signing up the El Cuatro property as it solidifies our land position in the area and opens up a clear path to expand the La Mascota zone along strike to potentially triple the current drilled strike length."

The binding agreement provides for CVS Explorations Ltda., Ventana's 100% controlled Colombian subsidiary, to conduct due diligence and the signing of a formal option to purchase agreement, the terms of which call for staged payments over a five-year period to acquire a 100% working interest in the property.

Review by Qualified Person, Quality Control and Reports

The results of the company's drilling program have been reviewed, verified and compiled by VP of Exploration, Jon Lehmann, L.P.G., a qualified person for the purpose of NI 43-101. Mr. Lehmann has over 25 years of mineral exploration experience, is a Licensed Professional Geologist in the State of Washington and a member in good standing of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Ventana utilizes a rigorous QA/QC program with respect to sampling procedures including chain-of-custody tracking of core until shipment to the analytical laboratory. Core is sawn in half with one half shipped to an independent prep lab and samples shipped for analysis to ACME Analytical Laboratories Ltd., an ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 17025 certified laboratory in Vancouver, B.C. The remainder of the core is stored in a secured storage facility for future assay verification. Blanks, duplicates and certified reference standards are inserted into the sample stream to monitor laboratory performance and mineralized intervals are re-assayed at Inspectorate America Corp. analytical laboratory in Sparks, Nevada.

Independent NI 43-101 Technical Reports have recently been prepared and updated by EurGeol Miller O'Prey, PGeo, for the La Bodega project and the nearby California-Vetas project to provide a current review of the exploration activities that have occurred on the projects. These reports, dated June 14, 2008, are posted on the Company's website at www.ventanagold.com.

About Ventana

Ventana holds rights to 4,573 hectares of exploration property in the California-Vetas gold district in Colombia, of which 3,710 hectares are wholly owned with the remainder under option to acquire a 100% interest. Ventana is currently drilling at La Bodega and expanding two newly discovered mineralized zones, La Bodega and La Mascota.

Forward-looking Statements

The statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements involving known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to vary materially from targeted results. Such risks and uncertainties include those described from time to time in Ventana's latest quarterly report and management discussion and analysis. Ventana assumes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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