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.
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.