Today it is an indispensable requirement for all sectors of comprehensive sustainability. For this reason, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) has developed and implemented within the food industry, an improvement system that covers many aspects: economic, environmental and social.
Vicente Gandia has joined voluntarily. Within the framework of these actions: INTEGRAL SUSTAINABILITY MEMBER OF THE FOOD INDUSTRY
- Supply chain
Commitment to extend the sustainability criteria of the supply chain, taking into account principles such as good commercial practices, labour rights, efficient distribution, etc.
- Local economy, agents of interest and consumers
Commitment to contribute to the local economy and proactive communication with stakeholders and consumers.
Commitment to improve the consideration of workers, in particular, through actions related to their active participation, training, working conditions, etc.
- Environmental footprint management
Commitment to be aware of the environmental impact of activities and products in terms of greenhouse gas and water emissions, in order to establish reductions in the framework of their management.
- Energy management
Commitment to establish energy efficiency measures in production processes, renewable energies and the use of alternative energy sources.
- Ethical behaviour
Commitment to establish practices for the best ethical business conduct, including codes of good practice.
- Agriculture and sustainable livestock. Biodiversity
Commitment to improve the supply of food raw materials that favor the conservation of natural resources and the environment and the maintenance of biodiversity, especially at the national level.
Commitment to introduce the environmental criteria in the design of the products and their packaging in order to minimize their impact on nature.
Commitment to reduce the amount of waste generated, including food waste, and the application of recovery measures.
- Research, Innovation and Development
Commitment to introduce new technologies and innovative products in a way that is compatible with a more sustainable economy.
The organisation of consumers and users also targets this with the valencian cava these will prove to be crucial during christmas time.
This organism emphasises the fact that cava has a major presence in all households throughout the Christmas period. It highlights the fact that it remains the favourite among Spaniards during celebrations and major events held among both families and friends.
It also indicates that the cavas are of “high quality at particularly competitive prices”. All of the hosts face the challenge throughout the Christmas period of offering products which keep their guests happy without them having to be hit in the pocket.
Hoya de Cadenas Cava Brut Nature has been one of the ranges most highly rated by this organisation. They consider this cava as one of the best in Spain in terms of value for money. This is a very significant statement because it is the customers who are paramount.
This cava is created by adopting the traditional method. It is bottled for a period of ten months after the base white wine variety has been obtained so that it is then able to enhance the Macabeo aroma. The bottles remain in a horizontal position throughout this period, known as “in stacks”, and they remain a constant temperature of about 15ºC in order to undergo a second fermentation by accumulating the yeasts along the bottle.
This provides an ideal accompaniment to entrees, smoked platters, oysters, fish and seafood.
It is noticeable for its straw yellowish colour and for its refined and persistent fizz. The aroma is both clean and fruity with a pungent citrus feature and a hint of floral notes. It provides a superb flavour inside the mouth, which is both dry and fruity at the same time with a carbonic, well integrated and long-lasting aftertaste.
Cámara Valencia and Carrefour have presented two awards to the Valencian winery.
Cámara Valencia rewarded Bodegas Vicente Gandía for a hundred years of service for having made a contribution towards the Valencian economy for 135 years. The event took place at the Luís Vives Paterna Technology Park and brought together a number of Valencian companies who had been trading for a hundred years and who were also honoured for having provided over a hundred years of service.
The Carrefour presented the winery with the SME award two days later for being the best company in the INNOVATION sector thanks to its El Miracle Oganic organic wine range. It is an accolade which carries significant value for the winery because it is the consumers who cast votes for awarding this prize.
The winery also won two awards during the same week which highlighted two of its most important values such as tradition and innovation. Bodegas Vicente Gandía is making the most of its 135 years of experience in the world of winemaking by remaining innovative and avant-garde within the sector and by launching innovative wines such as the El Miracle, Sandara or the Solución by Lulú ranges, the latter of which is a wine made exclusively by females.
The company is committed to sustainability on a daily basis, something which is already paramount for the planet, and this is now being managed by the fourth generation of the Gandía family. The launch of organic wine ranges, the reduction in bottle weight and the deployment of material alternatives such as aluminium help save on transportation, are more efficient and are all included among the most outstanding activities in this sector where circulatory economy systems used in the treatment of water have assisted in the construction of two treatment plants in Chiva and in Utiel.
The Bodegas Vicente Gandia Wine Tourism Centre was awarded by the world’s leading tourism platform.
Only a small percentage of businesses receive this type of recognition and the Hoya de Cadenas complex was one of those. This award is granted by TripAdvisor to those businesses who continue to receive positive reviews on their website.
The Certificate of Excellence awarded to the Hoya de Cadenas complex was presented by the platform itself. Various criteria must be met in order to achieve this: a high level of response and acceptance index, the scoring of opinions, responses to requests for information and rapid reservations, among other things.
TripAdvisor is the world’s leading travel portal and is visited by thousands of people every day. You could say that it is currently the digital “word of mouth”. This means that users leave both positive and negative opinions on the platform so that anyone who may be interested in going can make enquiries before they visit.
The Hoya de Cadenas complex is the Bodegas Vicente Gandia centre for wine tourism. Its Terroir is one of the main features of the winery. The Hoya de Cadenas complex, the jewel in the crown, is an oenological paradise which is situated just 90 km from the city of Valencia and has over 300 hectares of vineyards consisting of the most noble local and international varieties. It benefits from a particular microclimate in which thermal oscillations between the day and night times give the grape its own characteristics and assist in the build up of polyphenols due to the fact it is sheltered in between the slopes of the Sierra de la Bicuerca.
There is also an art museum in the same complex known as the “Arte En Barrica” which houses a collection of barrels decorated by leading Valencian artists and which have been exhibited at both the ARCO trade fair as well as at the IVAM (The Valencian Institute of Modern Art). It is a project which combines art, culture and wine in which renowned artists such as: Mariscal, Miquel Navarro, Carmen Calvo, Paco Roca or Cari Roig, among others, who are able to express their works on authentic barrels used to produce wine. The Hoya de Cadenas complex is one of the first of its type in Spain which opted for the concept of wine based tourism associated with both art and culture.
Vicente Gandía possesses modern facilities including an extended winery at the Hoya de Cadenas complex which houses an underground barrel room with a selection of 15,000 oak barrels. All of the barrels have a capacity of 225 litres and come from forests in Missouri (United States) or from Allier (France). Assembling varieties is an art, therefore we use oaks from varying backgrounds and different types of toasting in order to produce wines with both maximum expression and complexity.
The winery consists of a team of eight winemakers who dedicate all of their love and passion into all of their wines day in, day out. The company also possesses the most modern and state-of-the-art technology in the wine industry which ensures maximum quality for consumers from one harvest to the next.
The Valencian winery has reinvested its growth with a view to making new investments in order to meet the growing demand for its wines around the world.
Vicente Gandia, which was awarded “The 2018 Best European Winery”, closed its 2018 financial year with an EBITDA of € 6 million and having generated an overall turnover of € 42 million, which showed an increase of 12% compared to the previous year. The winery made this announcement in public during its annual convention staged at the L’Oceanogràfic Red Sea Auditorium by stating that it had made a profit of € 4.5 million.
The company exported 60% of its production and distributed 40% of it to the national market. It has a presence in 95 countries and entered into the following markets over the past year: Mongolia, Oman, Honduras, Slovakia, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
Javier Gandía emphasises the fact that: “These excellent results would not have been possible without members of staff striving every day to achieve these objectives. The customers, suppliers and employees are all responsible for this success.”
Vicente Gandia is also making a series of new investments throughout the period 2018-2019 to the value of € 14 million which will assist with new facilities, machinery and new projects.
Two treatment plans were installed during 2018, one of them being based in Chiva and the other one at the Hoya de Cadenas complex. Sustainability and environmental management form a key component of Vicente Gandía’s philosophy as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility program (CSR).
The winery has increased its storage capabilities by opening a new 4,000 m2 warehouse with a capacity of 6,000 pallets which also includes a computerised warehouse management system. This warehouse is characterised by including both a temperature and humidity control system, making it one of the most important wine cellars in Spain.
The recent appointment of José Hidalgo as the new Technical Director of the winery, along with the acquisition of 70 hectares of vineyard space will allow the company to continue to develop within the premium wine sector.
The company is currently installing a third bottling line and a new bag in box line which is set to open in October next year. This is because the winery is geared towards meeting the growing demand for its wines around the world.
The winery will create two new wines as part of the El Miracle range which are two wines made exclusively from organic grapes.
El Miracle 100% ecological white Verdejo. The most distinctive white variety in Spain. This wine has been obtained from the ancient vines of the Verdejo variety which have been pruned in glass. The wine will be fermented at 16 ºC after it has undergone specific maceration treatment for six hours.
A white wine with a combination of greenish and golden tones. The nose sets itself aside because of its exotic fruity aromas. The palate is a mild wine which fills the mouth with sweet citrus tones and apple flavours typical of a Verdejo. It has an oily finish with a particularly pleasant aftertaste.
El Miracle 100% ecological white Tempranillo. The Tempranillo variety is ideally adapted to our terroir because it is the original grape from our land.
A red wine which brings out its dark cherry colour. It generates a deep cassis like aroma combined with blackcurrant. Hints of liquorice and blackcurrants are highly prominent when inside the mouth. Its finish is both fresh and balanced.
It is true that there is a trend in the market which specifies that there has been a marked increase in the demand for environmentally friendly food and drink over the past decade. Wine is no exception and the demand for organic wines is increasing year by year. Organic wines after all are not a trend but are rather an increasing alternative.
The countries which consume the most organic wine or which are interested in consuming it on an international scale are: The USA, United Kingdom, Denmark, or Germany among others
El Miracle Verdejo and El Miracle Tempranillo are wines which give us the opportunity to enjoy their aromas and taste whilst also looking after our planet and which respect our environment in terms of how the vines age and how the wines are produced themselves.
Mr Vicente Gandía, is the first generation of this winery, the founder of the company, a man with the character and strength that established the foundations of Bodegas Vicente Gandía.
From humble origins, Vicente Gandía, was born in 1865 in Agullent, a small town located at the southern end of the province of Valencia, wine country.
Due to the few possibilities offered by his environment, he emigrated to the city attracted by the opportunities it offered, and looking for a way to develop a business career. In 1885 Mr Gandía began in the wine world as a worker in one of the French wineries that operated in El Grao de Valencia. As a result of his effort and perseverance he was quickly promoted to purchasing manager, taking care of negotiations with harvesters from the interior and learning the secrets of this sector. It was then that Vicente Gandía developed his qualities as a negotiator and began to create a reputation as a businessman.
At the end of the 19th century, due to its marked entrepreneurial character, he had already opened his own wholesale wine shop on Calle Serrano in Valencia.
The jump to the international environment took place during the export crisis that occurred between 1900 and 1910. Many French firms had to emigrate, an opportunity that Vicente Gandía took advantage of in order to start exporting on his own. To do this he bought some land in the El Grao neighbourhood of Valencia and built a winery, which was already listed in the Bailly-Bailliere Guide of 1920 as one of the 34 wineries that at that time was dedicated to the business of exporting wines.
The twenties were years of prosperity for the business and laid the solid foundations that the company would need to face the tough years to come. These years were marked by a strong contraction of the international market due to the Spanish Civil War and World War II. Unlike many other export firms that had to close, Bodegas Gandía was one of the few that managed to survive.
Having overcome this recession, the trajectory of this company has been an accumulation of constant advances and innovations.
In 1971 it was the first winery to bottle wine from Valencia with its brand Castillo de Liria, which today is a benchmark for export in terms of Spanish wines. This pioneering initiative has been followed by many others such as the acquisition of the Hoya de Cadenas estate, another fruit of this spirit of improvement that has lasted to this day, and that has allowed the production of high quality wines such as Ceremonia, Hoya de Cadenas and Bo.
Currently this company, run by the fourth generation, is the largest winery in the Valencian Community, the 15th Spanish winery and one of the 50 best wineries in the world, exporting to 85 countries on 5 continents.
It has incorporated new Denominations of origin such as Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Rueda and Rias Baixas, launching new products such as Raiza Rioja, Dolmo and its charismatic Con un Par Albariñor. In addition, its range of El Miracle 120 wines, launched in 2005 to commemorate its 120-year history, have been consolidated as modern and social wines. The new sparkling low alcohol wines, Sandara, is the latest and most revolutionary initiative of this winery. We must also mention the great solidarity project “Whatever It takes”, which combines the good work in winemaking and solidarity with the most needy, through the image donated by great “celebrities” such as George Clooney, Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz or Pierce Brosnan among others.