• Wine tasting with Víctor de la Serna from El Mundo

    Víctor de la Serna, one of the most important journalists in Spain and one of the most prestigious gatsronomic critics in the country has dedicated his column to the project of our wineries: Valdelacierva (Rioja) and Viñedos y Bodegas Gormaz (Ribera del Duero). The article translated: 

    Make less wine, but much better. 

    Hispanobodegas, the winery group founded a couple of years ago with wineries in Rioja (Valdelacierva), Ribera del Duero (Viñedos y Bodegas Gormaz) and Rueda (Bodegas GarciGrande), is evolving in an interesting way within the current Spanish landscape: initially designed for the high production of mid-range wines, it is now drifting towards wines from the terroir, from plots, and focusing on personality. A tasting of the latest wines from the wineries in Rioja and Ribera del Duero confirms that they are on the right track.

    It is enough to see that between Valdelacierva and Gormaz – the former cooperative of San Esteban de Gormaz, privatised in 2004 – they control more than 400 hectares of land. This accounts for its initial high-volume intentions, which is the case with many Spanish wineries in these two denominations, not to mention the bulk and supermarket wine areas of the southern half.

    As the owners explain, the group is trying to diversify, reduce production and increase the level of quality and price. However, the company is not doing this in the style of the 90s – nor even the early 2000s – by basing it on luxurious oak wines, but instead opting for an in-depth study of its own excellent wine-growing heritage, in order to identify the vines with potential, finesse and personality. This is achieved through a careful study of their soils and orientations, whose grapes are assembled in ‘cuvées’ of modest size, or in some cases produced from a single plot.

    Valdelacierva, based in Navarrete, has the essentials of its vineyards in Sonsierra and Rioja Alavesa, although it has just acquired old plots of Grenache in Tudelilla. Gormaz, which is the most eastern, highest and coldest part of Ribera, has vineyards in places that are now gaining popularity, such as Atauta or Alcubilla de Avellaneda. Garcigrande, as they explained to us, is only in the first steps of that reconversion.

    Two women direct the oenological tasks and, from what we have seen, the control of the wine-growing: Emma Villajos Barja in Valdelacierva and María José García Moreno in Gormaz. Their styles are similar: delicacy in the treatment of the grape, little extraction and little submission to the new oak.

    We will have to keep an eye on this company, because for us, it seems like a good model for a reconversion towards the quality and the terroir of the unbalanced Spanish wine industry.

    From the Rioja winery, we have been very impressed by the delicate Valdelacierva Grano a Grano, a Tempranillo from the Finca La Botija in Baños de Ebro, whose grapes are completely destemmed by hand to keep them whole and culminate in an impeccable intracellular maceration. We also enjoyed the fresh Valdelacierva Garnacha, from 75-year old vines in the Finca La Pedriza de Tudelilla.

    Gormaz, under its 12 Linajes brand, also makes a remarkable Grano a Grano from a single vineyard in Quintanilla de Tres Barrios and a promising 12 Linajes Finca Los Arenales.

  • 12 Linajes, Valdelacierva and GarciGrande: wines suitable for drinking by vegan consumers

    The wines of Viñedos y Bodegas Gormaz (Ribera del Duero), Bodegas Valdelacierva (Rioja) and Bodegas GarciGrande (Rueda) receive the vegan certification.

    Vegans exclude from their diet anything that comes from animal origin.

     

    Madrid, June 2019.- Viñedos y Bodegas Gormaz, Bodegas Valdelacierva and Bodegas GarciGrande present their vegan wines. The wines 12 Linajes, Valdelacierva and Garcigrande have the necessary standards of excellence to receive the European certification, thanks to its production which excludes any ingredient of animal origin.

    Can vegans drink wine?

    In order to know the answer we must first know more about them:

    • The name “vegan” comes from the “vegan” Anglicism created from “veganian”.
    • In their diet, vegans are strictly vegetarian and completely exclude any products of animal origin.
    • When it comes to their wardrobe, they totally reject that their clothing or footwear are made from animal fabrics.
    • They avoid any product tested on animals.
    • They reject shows that involve animals.
    • Veganism should not be confused with environmentalism. They’re two distinct movements. Veganism is concerned for each animal individual and their interests, while environmentalism cares about the conservation of species in general (both animal and plant).

    Wines, like other food, at some point in their production use jelly or animal products, for example, for the settling of musts.

    If you are vegan but do not want to miss the opportunity to taste wines from the Ribera del Duero Soriana, 12 Linajes offers wines that are born from the terroir, from old and pre-phylloxera vineyards with a limited production with aging in French and American oak barrels, with a very intense and balanced nose in the mouth. 

    For those looking for different D.O.Ca Rioja wines who follow the mindfulness trend as a philosophy of life, Valdelacierva offers wines that were born from an artisanal production, with aromas of ripe red fruits sweet and full bodied with silky tannins, followed by a balanced mouthfeel and a long, rich aftertaste.

    For the new generations, who care about choosing products that do not affect the environment, the GarciGrande range offers young and fresh D.O. Rueda wines, with vegetable aromas of fresh herbs and stone fruit and subtle entry into the mouth.

  • Bodegas Valdelacierva is “Singular vineyard”.

    Valdelacierva Grano a Grano and Valdelacierva Garnacha belong to the highest category of quality of Rioja wines: “viñedo singular”.

    Two of the wines of the winery are located in the Rioja Top wines where only a small number of wines can be due to the uniqueness that they have in its production and provenance.

     

    The exclusivity of being a singular vineyard starts in the vineyard, which must have the following characteristics:

    • It can comprise a single or multiple cadastral plots.
    • The minimum age of the vineyard will be 35 years.
    • The maximum production allowed per hectare shall be 5,000 kg/ha for red grapes and 6,922 kg/ha for white varieties and with grape processing yield – wine shall not exceed 65%.
    • Cultivation practices should be geared towards sustainability and respect for the environment. It shall be a balanced vineyard of limited force, in which only a single tinor shall be accepted, except expressly authorised by the Regulatory Council. During the ripening period of the grapes, the growth of the vegetation must be completely paralyzed.
    • The start of the harvest must be communicated to the C.R.
    • The wine will be made with grapes exclusively from plots that constitute the “Singular Vineyard”.
    • The wine will be produced and bottled by natural or legal persons with processing and bottling facilities registered on its ownership in the Designation of Origin Qualified (D.O.Ca) ‘Rioja’, which accredit by any valid legal title in right to dispose in exclusive of the production resulting from the “Singular Vineyard” for a minimum period of 10 years uninterrupted.
    • The production, aging, storage and bottling within the same winery
    • They must overcome compliance with the different requirements established in both the documentary control and the physical control (prior communication from the winery to the Regulatory Council, separate qualification and subsequent verification, traceability, capacity control of all their movements, etc.).
    • The processed wines will be subjected to a double qualitative assessment, the initial qualification and another pre-market valuation, which in the latter case should be excellent in the organoleptic analysis carried out according to the Technical Training for Verification of the “Singular Vineyard”.
    • Regard to labelling, the word “Singular Vineyard” will appear under the name registered as a trademark, with characters of size, thickness and colour equivalent to more than those used to indicate the name of the Rioja Denomination.
    • The term “Singular Vineyard” will be mandatory on all labels that the bottle has been beared, or in all visual fields if it is a continuous label. It will be located immediately below the name of the “Singular Vineyard” registered as a trademark, with characters of size, thickness and color equivalent to maximum those used to indicate the name of the Rioja Denomination.
    • The proprietor of the mark shall submit a declaration of commitment concerning the exclusive use of the trade mark in wines covered by the Qualified Designation of Origin
    • Bottled on request in the case of wines from unique vineyards.
    • The bottles will carry specific counter-labels or sealed, which will include the mention “Singular Vineyard”.
  • Hispanobodegas in Italy: B2B Pollenzo event #foodandwine

    Bodegas Valdelacierva and Viñedos y Bodegas Gormaz will present the wines of 12 Linajes, Navas 1212, Valdelacierva, Campo Alto and Zelos at the Italian fair.
    Hispanobodegas will participate in the Pollenzo B2B wine event, which will take place in Pollenzo (Piemonte, Italy) from June 11th to the 12th. In the event, organized by Elledue, 40 wineries will participate: 36 Italian, 3 Spanish, and 1 French. Among the importers, there will be 36 potential customers from the following countries: Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, United States, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Russia, Switzerland and Ukraine.

  • The best bar in Madrid chosen by the Australians offers Hispanobodegas wines

    The Australian magazine Gourmet Traveller Wine has chosen La Vinoteca, as the best tapas bar in Madrid, Spain. The bar, located in the Barrio de las Letras in the centre of Madrid, is the First Place in the magazine’s Top Ten, thanks to its wide variety of tapas and Spanish wines from the best areas, such as 12 Linajes  D.O. Ribera del Duero, Valdelacierva of the D.O.Ca Rioja and GarciGrande of the D.O. Rueda

    If you want to discover why it is the favourite bar of the Australians, you will love its terrace overlooking the Plaza de Santa Ana, one of the most beautiful in the capital of Madrid, and its internationally awarded wine range from pre-phylloxera vineyards, such as 12 Linajes, and its extensive menu that offers from classic croquettes to reinvented hot and cold tapas.

    La Vinoteca: Calle del Príncipe, 27, 28012, Madrid

    Do not miss the complete Top Ten at the following link: MADRID: Top 10 Wines

  • Valdelacierva Rosé, among the best Rosé of 2018

    With this tittle, Mi Vino magazine made a selection of the Roses of the 2018 harvest, and the list includes Valdelacierva Rosé. Emma Villajos, winemaker and manager of the winery, has produced the third harvest of this Rosé, wine that in its first harvest was selected as the Best Rosé of La Rioja. Furthermore, this Valdelacierva Rosé was the only Spanish wine in the event “Fashion Relief”, organized by Naomi Campbell.

    We also highlight that the Grenache of this wine was born in one of the most important areas of the grape: Tudelilla.

    The best Rosé of 2018

    Valdelacierva Rosé 2018, coming from de Garnacha in Tudelilla, Rioja.

    The harvest 2018 of Bodegas Valdelacierva has arrived to introduce its new Valdelacierva Rosé, coming from La Rioja and with the signature of Tudelilla, land which produces excellent garnachas. Selection of grapes, direct bleeding and work on their own fine lees. This is how a great wine is produced. A luxury!

    A Rosé with a very attractive pink color, pale, salmon-like. Its nose is intense, complex and expressive, with aromas of red fruits and flowers. The palate is sweet, with volume and balanced. Long and fresh aftertaste.

  • Hispanobodegas is ready for Prowein 2019

    All the wines from Bodegas y Viñeds Bodegas, Bodegas Valdelacierva and Bodegas GarciGrande are ready for Prowein 2019, the most important wine fair in the world.

    Come and say visit us, we are going to be waiting for you at the stand 10D143

     

  • Valdelacierva “Revelation Wine 2019”

    The wine Valdelacierva Grano a Grano 2016, from Bodegas Valdelacierva, joins to the club of the “11 Magnificent” and includes to its long list of awards the Best Revelation Wine Award 2019 from the Guide Vivir el Vino 365 wines per year. The publication, which in addition scores this wine from Rioja with 95 points, has selected Valdelacierva Grano a Grano 2016 among more than 1.600 wines, taking into account a demanding selection criteria. With this new accomplishment, Bodegas Valdelacierva sees the results of a work that involves a handmade production, characteristic that gives to the wine an authentic personality, based on the singular vineyard of the farm that sees it born “La Botija”.

  • Decanter 2018

    DECANTER 2018

    Galardonado con los vinos Hispanobodegas de Rioja y Ribera del Duero.

    Medalla de plata para nuestros vinos:

    12 Linajes crianza (Ribera del Duero)

    Valdelacierva Grano a Grano  (Rioja)

    Los premios Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) son premios de gran prestigio, ya que el jurado está compuesto por expertos catadores y un riguroso proceso de evaluación de todos los vinos presentados en todo el mundo.

    Una vez más, la calidad de nuestros vinos se recompensa con una Medalla de Plata, que también significa “92 puntos de calidad”.

  • Prowein 2018

    Hispanobodegas is present as an exhibitor at the Peñín stand at Prowein 2018, in the German city of Düsseldorf. We will be happy to welcome you at Hall 10 stand H54. There, you will have the opportunity to know all the news and projects that we will carry out during the whole year with the help of our exportation team: Morgan, Juan Carlos and León.

    We are going to be waiting for you!

  • Seafood Paella for two

    PREPARATION:

    Dice the french onion. Clean and cut the cuttlefish in rings. Strain and reserve. Clean the prawns and scampi, strain and reserve. Clean the mussel shells and reserve in a separate plate from the rest of the seafood. Grate the tomato in a plate or bowl. You should have: 1 diced onion, 1 chopped garlic clove, 1 bowl with grated tomato. 1 plate with clean seafood (prawns, scampi and cuttlefish), 1 plate with clean mussels.

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    Heat a wide flat pan/skillet (paellera) with the olive oil. Poach the onion gently. Add the seafood plate (prawns, scampi and cuttlefish) and then the chopped garlic. Poach for 3 minutes. Add the peas and then the grated tomato mix and fry gently for 3 minutes. Add fish stalk (1 cup) and heat gently while stirring with a wooden spoon. Add a pinch of saffron and continue stirring the mixture, allowing the saffron and seafood to infuse, then boil gently for 5 minutes.

    Add the mussels and 1 cup of water. Boil for 15 minutes or until reduced. Once reduced, add the rice and mix well from the center of the pan towards the outside. Add a pinch of parsley and cover with water (the proportion should be 1 and ½ cups of water per 1 cup of rice). Correct with salt to taste and boil at high heat until the water has fully evaporated (around 20 minutes) without stirring -unilike with risotto, the aim is a tender rice not a creamy result- . Remove from heat source and cover the pan with a clean dry cloth for 5 minutes before serving -most paella lovers like the dish tepid rather than hot-. The brown rice layer formed at the bottom of a well cooked paella (called socarrat) is a prized Spanish delicacy.

    WINE PAIRING. 12 Linajes reserva

    Vino tinto Ribera del Duero

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