El Miracle by Marical and Nebla Garnacha get a gold medal in the “Grenaches du Monde” wine challenge
“Grenaches du Monde” wine challenge has awarded two wines of Vicente Gandia with Gold Medal: “El Miracle by Mariscal” and “Nebla Garnacha”. Both red wines are made with the Grenache grape variety and with appellation of origin Valencia. The jury has been composed by a panel of judges comprising wine industry professionals and consultants from 15 different countries, each of whom have the tricky task of identifying by blind tasting the best wines from the grenache grape variety. Renowned and recognised for their skills, the tasters are sommeliers, journalists, wine merchants, oenologists and buyers, amongst other wine industry professionals, from different countries of the world, ensuring absolute objectivity in terms of the results.
“Grenaches du Monde” is the international competition of Grenache, an Iberian variety who rapidly became established in Mediterranean vineyards and around the world. It is one of the most widely planted grape variety in the world. The main objectives of the competition are: to encourage the promotion of premium-quality wines made from all different varieties of the Grenache grape, to boost the production of Grenache and encourage its consumption on an international scale, to showcase and promote the characteristics of the wines to the public worldwide and to help the consumer to identify the best Grenache wines based on worldwide production through a quality seal.
Nebla Garnacha is a fine wine with a Mediterranean character. It’s clean, brilliant and red colour with a deep robe and very luminous purple edge. It has an intensive and fragrant nose, dominant red fruit wrapped. Smooth on the palate, good acidity and meaty, defined tannins with a long berry-laden finish.
El Miracle by Mariscal is produced from a selection of hand-harvested Garnacha Tintorera grapes grown in 35 year old vines, located in the “Valentino” wine production area. The wine is produced using very slow maceration and alcoholic fermentation until the malolactic fermentation is complete, when the wine is poured into second fill French oak casks. This guarantees perfect blending between the Garnacha Tintorera varietal’s fruity character and the wood.
90 points for Ceremonia Reserva and Bobal Blanco, two iconic wines from Bodegas Vicente Gandia.
Decanter World Wine Awards is the most important international challenge in the wine industry. The scores of this competition are evaluated by a jury made up of the 116 best wine experts in the world, including 37 ‘masters of wine’ and 9 ‘master sommeliers’, blind tasting 16,518 wines during 28 days.
Decanter recognized two wines of Vicente Gandia: Ceremonia Reserva and Vicente Gandia Bobal Blanco, both with 90 points. These two awards join the list of recognitions of the winery and supose a leap forward in the conquest of prestige in the international markets.
Ceremonia Reserva is a wonderful blend of the noble Tempranillo and Cabernet varieties with the indigenous Bobal. A signature wine from Utiel – Requena.
Made with grapes from selected vineyards at the Hoya de Cadenas Estate, where the combination of lime-clay soil and summer temperature contrasts – hot days and cool nights – are ideal for obtaining wines with intense aromas and excellent concentration.
Vicente Gandia Bobal Blanco. This white wine has been made from Bobal variety red grapes. They have been hand-picked and whole pressed with a yield of under 45%. The grape juice is left cold with its lees for three days in order to absorb the colour extracted. Once cleansed takes place the fermentation at 14º C. The wine is then carted into French oak barrels once it has been measured and has completed its fermentation process.
A Blanc de Noirs made with the bobal variety and with the appellation of origin Utiel – Requena. A wine made exclusively by José Hidalgo, the winery’s Technical Director and a prestigious winemaker in the wine industry.
The technical director of Vicente Gandia Winery joined the company at the beginning of 2019. During his second harvest at the Hoya the Cadenas State, he has highlighted the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc varieties.
Hidalgo has an amazing professional background in the wine industry and during his first year at Vicente Gandia Winery, he has signed his first range of Bobal premium wines. This year we are sure that he will surprise us again.
- What are the results of the harvest so far?
In this moment we only have harvested Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Moscatel, Malvasia and some Macabeo. The results are spectacular: perfect aroma, good alcohol content and the grapes are very healthy.
- How many kilograms of grapes collected?
We are in the first third of the vintage and we have around 3.5 million Kg. We still have a lot of grapes to cut but we are waiting for its optimum point of maturity to harvest it.
- What variety has stood out in quality at the Hoya de Cadenas State?
I would not dare to say any, because each one has its peculiarities, but I’m in love with our Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs. We will give a lot to talk about with these qualities, I’m sure about that.
- What can you tell us about the quality of the harvest?
Magnificent, a healthy harvest, with good sugar content and balanced acidity. Excellent fruit to make excellent wines.
- Will the quality of Vicente Gandía wines be as good as usual?
In the winery we are always saying that: “we won’t go one step backwards, not even to get a run-up”. Year after year Vicente Gandia winery has been coming through as we strive every day to improve and this year will be no less.
- Has the harvest been staggered? How?
The technical means of the winery allow us to harvest up to four varieties at the same time. We are not looking to binge on grapes but we are ready to absorb peaks of 500,000 kg a day. Rather than than seeking to work in stages, we seek to harvest each parcel in the perfect moment with the greatest affection, in the end our wines noticed it.
- Covid-19 pandemic has complicated the harvest. What measures have been taken?
These are difficult times for all of us, we are taking the same measures that we have been taking since the beginning of the crisis. Mask, social distancing, temperature measurement, work shifts and hand hygiene. We have reinforced the shifts with an extra person just in case extraordinary measures had to be taken. The truth is that the whole Vicente Gandía team will carry out the harvest ahead and with a goot note.
The Valencian winery launches its first Ice range, two new semi-dry sparkling wines to drink with ice.
A range of sparkling wines designed to be consumed with ice, creating a new experience for the consumer. It will allow you to rediscover the way to drink sparkling wines, consumers want new experiences and these products are the perfect example to surprise them. Sparkling wines that will go beyond the expectations in this ever-changing market.
This range consists of two sparkling wines:
Barón de Valls Ice White has fine and crunchy bubbles. It has bright pale yellow color with greenish reflections. On the nose displays aromas of green apple and white fruits with hints of white flowers and pastries. In the mouth it has a balanced acidity that sustains a subtle background of white fruits and flowers.
Barón de Valls Ice Rosé has fine, bright and refreshing bubbles. Pale pink with a scent of wild strawberry with hints of rose petal. On the palate it displays a balanced acidity, a good mid palate with a finish reminiscent of red fruits.
Barón de Valls Ice does not lose its bubbles when it comes into contact with ice, it means that does not need to be chilled before it’s consumption. It’s perfect for hot days and due to its composition, it’s perfect for cocktails and always keeps its bubbles. Once served in the glass it takes much longer to lose the cold.
Bodegas Vicente Gandia turns 135 years and celebrates it by launching a new range of premium products under the “EL MIRACLE” brand
Vicente Gandía to celebrate his 135 years in the wine industry, releases the new collection of wines under the “EL MIRACLE” brand. In addition, it has decided to do it in style and has developed its own bottles. It is a totally innovative, exclusive packaging with a very elegant design. The new MIRACLE is presented in a unique bottle in which the lines that outline the glass radiate reflections of light that allow you to admire the glow that comes from inside.
El Miracle takes a big leap by reinventing the concept and positioning of this wine brand. As a tribute to the company’s 135th anniversary, the new range is made up of 3 new wines: EL MIRACLE Nº01, EL MIRACLE Nº03, EL MIRACLE Nº05. Three authentic wines made from indigenous varietal from “Comunidad Valenciana”.
For its design, these new packagings look like a perfume bottle, which gives it its own elegance and personality, with its unique and attractive design. A bottle to admire where the lines of the glass radiate attitude. El Miracle is a visual show that invites you to savor it at first sight.
The new range of EL MIRACLE products wants to stand out to differ from the competition. For those cosmopolitan souls and palates who know to recognize the exceptional events and rescue them from the everyday life. For those who toast for never lose the ability to value the miracles that surround us.
“Make it happen” is the claim chosen for this new range of wines. The main idea is that “sometimes miracles happen, we just have to provoke them.” It’s up to each of us to transform and live unique experiences. These daily miracles are the message that appears in each of the 3 bottles of the new range. Those little miracles that we don’t care about, but they do happen, and more often than we think. We are responsible for “making things happen”.
Vicente Gandía has created an AR (augmented reality) app which will make you travel through your memories or dedicate a message to that special peolple. This app allows you to see a 3D world around the new bottles of El miracle and create a customized video that can be shared with your family or friends. This is an app that brings you beyond the wine experience. (www.elmiracle.com)
How are these three miracles?
MIRACLE Nº1 is a red wine made with Bobal and Cabernet Sauvignon. Intense cherry colour with violet highlights. Its bouquet has typical aromas of ripe red fruits, along with delicate caramel notes. On the palate, it is a wine of great structure with soft tannins, well balanced with a long finish.
MIRACLE Nº03 is a white wine made with Macabeo, Moscatel, Malvasía and Merseguera varieties. This wine shows bright layers of pale yellow with a green tinge. Intense aromas of tropical and white fruits abound. On the palate, it is wide, fresh with an elegant acidity.
MIRACLE Nº5 is a bobal rosé that stands out for pale pink color with violet hue. It’s bouquet displays the strawberry aromas so characteristic of the Bobal grape variety and its lively fruit is present on the palate with a refreshing acidity. It’s taste is very elegant on the mouth and is fresh and with long aftertaste.
Ultimate Wine Appraisal contest has given very high scores to the wines of the Valencian winery.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge with two annual contests: Ultimate Spirits Challenge and Ultimate Wine Appraisal. is the new benchmark for wine contests in the United States. The careful selection of the jury is made up of journalists, shoppers, restaurateurs, bar owners and influencers. This competition promotes the ratings to the consumers, the media, and wine trading through its website, emails, social media and subscriptions.
This are the scores obtained by Vicente Gandia :
Sandara Premium White Wine & Sake
Score: 93 Great Value. Excellent, Highly Recommended
Sandara Premium Blood Orange
Score: 91 Excellent, Highly Recommended.
EL MIRACLE Nº3 Premium White 2019
Score: 91 Excellent, Highly Recommended.
EL MIRACLE Nº5 Premium Rosé 2019
Score: 90 Excellent, Highly Recommended.
Ultimate Wine Appraisal raises the standard for the wine evaluation. All the products are are reviewed under ideal tasting conditions over a period of time that allows them to express their best characteristics. Each product is evaluated blindly using various panels in multi-stage evaluations.
The ratings of this competition are very credible and significant for the wine industry. The American consumers will appreciate the value of these recognitions and scores.
The valencian winery shows all the support for this action so that Spanish Restaurants are declared World Heritage Site.
During the time of confinement we have missed meetings in bars or restaurants, lunch and dinner with friends and family, celebrations, weddings… These places have remained closed. Restaurants, bars and night clubs have been part of our society, our way of living, our history and have a very important role in Spanish culture. We are the country with the most amount of bars per person.
For this reason, #soypatrimonio2020 is born, a nationwide initiative to achieve that Spanish Restaurants be declared World Heritage Site. To pay tribute, protect and promote them.
Vicente Gandia wants to work side by side on this cause and launch other proposals that will help to boost the business. One of them will be to offer a 360º service to the restaurant to produce the QR codes that are necessary to view the menu or the wine list through our mobile devices. This service consists of digitizing the menu, hosting the files on our server and produce the QR codes that the restaurant will set on their tables.
Another service that the winery will offer to their customers will be the distribution of reusable face protection masks that will help the staff protect themselves from eventual infections.
We encourage everyone to support this cause by signing the petition on the web: www.soypatrimonio2020.org
Vicente Gandía gives away 500 tickets to the Healthcare personnel to visit for free the Hoya de Cadenas Estate
From Bodegas Vicente Gandia we want to thank the Healthcare workers in this situation that we are living. We want to make a little contribution and pay tribute to those who have been at the front line in these difficult times. When the situation is alleviated they will surely appreciate enjoying a glass of wine, toast with loved ones and be in contact with a unique environment like Hoya de Cadenas Estate.
A total of 500 Healthcare workers will be able to discover for free the secrets of the Hoya de Cadenas Estate and feel the caress of nature in an oenological paradise environment while enjoying a glass of wine. An unforgettable day. We offer them a completely free 90-minute guided tour where they can take a complete tour of the winery.
This action is part of the #EnoturismoParaSanitarios initiative. The Spanish wine industry has invited all the companies to invite all those Healthcare workers who wish to visit the wineries once the situation we are experiencing has normalized.
This wonderful non-profit initiative has been organized to thank all those Healthcare workers for the enormous effort they have been making to save lives during this Covid-19 crisis. All workers in the Health industry will be able to access one of the 500 tickets available by filling out a form through the web: https://welcome.guardianofwine.com
In addition, Finca Hoya de Cadenas is active again this month. We start the visits with new visiting hours that will be from Thursday to Sunday at 11:00. Of course, in compliance with current regulations for the containment of COVID-19. For this, the winery has conditioned all the facilities and they are ready to welcome all those visitors who want to come and enjoy an enological adventure. The groups should be reduced so it is essential to make a booking in advance.
Bobal Blanco and Bobal Negro are the two new creations of Bodegas Vicente Gandía, winegrowers since 1885. This project is the first one carried out by Pepe Hidalgo, new Technical Director of Bodegas Vicente Gandía. Hidalgo comes from a long saga of winemakers and has extensive experience in maximizing the quality of Bobal, the indigenous variety of the Utiel – Requena area. The combination of very careful practices in the vineyard with green pruning and restricted watering take this grape to another level producing exceptional wines.
José Hidalgo has created 2 wonderful wines: Bobal Blanco and Bobal Negro. Both wines under the appellation of origin Utiel – Requena, premium and innovative, limited production wines. With a luxury presentation and an exclusive design in which a unique bottle has been used, this range of wines will manage to satisfy the most gourmet palates. At the same time, it manages to connect with the new communication codes demanded by the contemporary consumers.
Hidalgo underscore: “Bobal Blanco, is blanc de Noirs, the first production worldwide of this variety of red grape. A wine with a unique character and a balance that I am sure will surprise. Bobal Negro is a wine with great complexity, great to be enjoyed now even though these characteristics will keep it at a high level for many years. It’s a red wine that through careful practices in the vineyard achieves a great concentration”
Bobal Blanco has been made from hand-picked Bobal red grapes. Pressed entirely with a yield under 45%. The must was stored chilled for three days in order to absorb the pale colour. Once it has been cleansed was fermented at 14º C. The fermentation process has been finished in American Oak barrels.
This wine is pale yellow with a reddish hue. Aromas of wild strawberries, white flowers and ripe fruit. On the palate, it has a well-balanced acidity with a refreshing long finish reminiscent of berries.
Bobal Negro has been made using a selection of Bobal grapes from vineyards located at the highest planes of the Utiel Requena region. It has been harvested during the middle of October with yields of under 1 k per vine. Pre-fermentation maceration is carried out at 3º C for a period of four days, after that it’s fermented at 26º C remaining with the pulp for a further ten days. The 50% of the wine has made the fermentation in barrels and the whole of the wine has spent 12 months in light toasted French oak barrels.
This wine has an intense red colour and purple rim. Aromas of rich red fruits and tofee with slight smoky notes. On the palate is well rounded and full, finishing with light notes of oak from its barrel ageing.
Vicente Gandia winery is pioneer once again in the wine industry being the first winery in Valencia using this type of packaging.
After six years harvesting success, Sandara re-invents itself again and introduce its products in a brand new individual 250 ml packaging made of aluminum. Sandara White and Sandara Rosé will be the two first releases to be introduced in this new format and they will be launched in the 50 countries where the brand is present.
Sandara is characterized by being a brand that manages to reach through innovation the new consumers. Javier Gandia, our General Manager, says: “Contemporary consumers have a new lifestyle. This brand was developed for satisfy the taste and customer needs”. Throughout it’s trajectory, Sandara has released avant-garde references like a: white wine with mojito, chardonnay with authentic Japanese sake or sparkling white wine with lemon.
Five key factors for a successful product
Sustainability: This bottle and cap are 100% recyclable, both made of aluminium.
Convenience: Aluminium provides comfort, allows the liquid to chill quicker and keeps cold for longer time. In addition, the screwcap bottle format permit to be opened and closed as many times as needed.
Durability: Unbreakable package. It has an inner lining that protects the contact of the liquid with this material. This package is opaque and keeps better the taste preserving the product from direct light.
Versatility: Individual format of 25ml in aluminium bottle. New format in the wine industry with much more possibilities than glass packaging. This package can be used in: swimming pool bars, outdoor activities, beach bars or music festivals. The weight and size are ideal for airlines, trains, cruise lines, convenience stores or hotels.