Sometimes knowing where a variety comes from is difficult; there are times when the same variety has different names depending on where it is grown. The Garnacha Tintorera has a confusing origin and in this respect there are different opinions.
Henri Bouschet in 1866 crossed the petit bouschet with the fleshy Grenache (in France it is also called “Alicante” and that is why it is also called Alicante Bouschet.
This variety has a great secret, it is very different from the others.
What sets Garnacha Tintorera apart?
This variety of red grapes is the only one that has violaceous pulp; in the rest of the varieties of grapes with dark skin, the pulp is white.
The Tintorera provides very intense wines that are normally used to mix with other varieties with less colour, complementing reds from colder regions that have a lesser degrees and colour. That is why it is sold in bulk.
This variety is rich in polyphenols (good for your health). Its wine ages well, has medium acidity harmonized with aromas of black fruits. Until a few years ago there were no single-varietal Tintorera wines; now wine lovers show more interest in Garnacha, it has become fashionable. Its racial and intense wines make this variety considered in high regard in the wine culture.
In Spain it is grown in only a few places. We find it in the interior of the province of Alicante and east of Albacete, in the Corredor de Almansa and in the interior of Galicia.
Where is it grown? Spain is one of those few places. It is present in the east of Albacete, in the interior of the province of Alicante, in some parts of the interior of Galicia and in the Almansa Corridor.
One of the few wines made with Garnacha Tintorera is EL MIRACLE BY MARISCAL; a wine that leaves no one indifferent to its charisma. It is prepared by Luis García, an oenologist from Bodegas Vicente Gandía, and is considered a true work of art.
Its label has been designed by the Valencian artist Javier Marical. It shows a drawing made on an authentic oak barrel, which are used in the ageing of the wine. This work belongs to the Arte en Barricas collection, from the museum of the Hoya de Cadenas de Utiel estate.
If you have not yet enjoyed its aroma and taste do not hesitate. We are faced with an intense red wine, made with fruits of old vines which gives it that seriousness so appreciated in modern winemaking, with a round palate and expressive and intense aromas.
Generación 1 Vicente Gandía Grandes Añadas is a great wine, achieved thanks to the effort and the feeling that was put into its creation. This occasion required much of both, since it was about honouring the founder of the winery, Don Vicente Gandía. Sommeliers from all over Spain have collaborated in its production, contributing their opinion, which has served as a base from which to reach the final assembly of 70% Bobal grapes, 15% Cabenet Sauvignon, 15% Shiraz, all from the best payments and harvests of the Hoya de Cadenas estate.
A great wine should have a label to match. An image that reflected the art in winemaking and the character of Don Vicente Gandía, an exceptional man.
The artist Fuentes Fuerte went to work (never better stated) and developed a work of art inspired by the founder of Bodegas Gandía.
Generación 1 Grandes Añadas is a limited edition of only 17,590 bottles. For its production, only selected grapes from exceptional vintages have been used which are treated with special care.
At first glance we observed a characteristic intense and dark cherry colour. The nose is very balanced with aromas of wild red fruit, blackberry and scrub with a very well integrated oak toasted background. It is nice in the mouth but intense at the same time with well-diffused tannins and licorice notes in the aftertaste.
This wine is perfect for oily fish, all kinds of meat, especially game and the Nouvelle cuisine is very good. It is advisable to serve it between 17 – 18ºC
When consumed you can use a decanter to oxygenate to have it evolve quickly and thus open its aromas more and better (see how to decant a wine). You can also choose to save it and let it evolve slowly to appreciate the full potential of this excellent wine.
If you choose this option, you can use the wooden box of 3 bottles in which it is presented or you can use it as a picture for your living room, once the wine is consumed, since inside the box you will find a sheet with the illustration of the work of the artist Fuentes Fuertes.
In any case we have here a wine of excellent quality at a surprising price. Do not wait any longer to bring a work of art home.
In 1971 Spain was going through times of change. Spain started to open up to the rest of the world, the Seat 124 Sport triumphed, “Un mundo nuevo” by Carina came second in the Eurovision Song Contest, Julio Iglesias and Isabel Presley were married in a wedding that flooded the pages of the magazines of the time and the song of the Summer was “Help” by Tony Ronald.
The wine that was consumed was bought in bulk, directly from traditional shops, which were popularly known as “bodegas”. It was typical for people to take the carafe from their house and fill it up, creating mixtures of several types of wine, according to the tastes of each individual.
In light of this situation, Bodegas Vicente Gandía decided to bottle its Castillo de Liria wine. It was the first wine bottled in Valencia. Another example of the innovative vocation and the pioneering nature of this company.
The beginnings were not easy. At that time it may have been considered irresponsible to try to sell Valencian wine in a bottle. The standard of living was very low and it was almost unthinkable that a bottled Valencian wine would be successful. The few bottles that were on the market were from Rioja.
Given the context of that time we can understand the boldness of a young José María Gandía (grandson of the founder of this winery) who took some sample bottles and went to visit the head of one of the few supermarket chains that existed in Valencia back then. This is what he said in an interview for the newspaper “Las Provincias”:
It was so strange to sell bottled wine that I remember that the manager of the Superette chain, which later took over the supermarket Mercadona, I think it was Mr Vela, that I went to offer him the Castle of Liria he told me “xiquet, jo crec que tindries que dedicarte a vendre llavaores” (Young man, I think you should concentrate on selling washing machines). However, very soon they started selling a lot and became our first customer, because the population was beginning to make the social leap to better living conditions, and the small bottling line, which was manual, was too small for us. We thought that we would never reach 3,000 boxes a month and to surpass it we thought it was fantastic.
These 3000 boxes laid the groundwork for Castillo de Liria to be one of the most exported wine brands to the rest of the world.
Since then Spain and the Spanish have changed a lot and Castillo de Liria has changed with them, accompanying the table of thousands and thousands of Spaniards, evolving its appearance without changing its philosophy, to offer the best value for money.
That’s how it was and that’s how the Castillo de Liria wine bottle is, the first wine bottled in Valencia.
Yes, evolution is part of our life and Castillo de Liria has been renovated to bring to your table the quality of Valencia wine, and always at the best price.