The writer and winemaker Joan C. Martín has been stressing for years that supermarket wines do not have to be of an inferior quality. “The most exceptional wines” from Anaconda Editions is the guide which includes 120 wines: whites, rosés, reds, and cavas, whose prices range from: € 1.90 to € 14.90. A new guide written by Joan C. Martín assists the consumer in selecting a wine at the supermarket, which helps them to identify amazing wines with the best quality to price ratio.
Joan C. Martín tasted 816 wines which he purchased personally from 14 supermarket chains across nine autonomous regions throughout Spain. Four Bodegas Vicente Gandia wines achieved outstanding scores in this edition.
Hoya de Cadenas Reserva Tempranillo was classified as the “Super Wine Of The Year” in the previous year’s guide and has once again been shortlisted among the six finalists in this year’s guide. The narrative describes it as: “This Tempranillo reserve is one of the finest red wines of its type”.
The Hoya de Cadenas Reserva Privada and Castillo de Liria Rosado wines were also awarded four stars out of five in this guide. A score which confirms that they are exceptional value for money. This highlights the fact that the Castillo de Liria Rosado is: “A fabulous fresh, youthful, charming rosé” and the Hoya de Cadenas Reserva Privada is: “A superb red reserve which is global and local, whilst being both classic and modern at the same time. A superb single-estate wine, albeit very cosmopolitan”.
The Miracle by Mariscal was awarded three stars out of five and Joan C. Martín describes it as: “Vigorous albeit a fine red at the same time”.
All of these scores point towards very encouraging news for Bodegas Vicente Gandia. The centennial winery considered as the “Best European Winery in 2018” continues to receive accolades and enjoy major success.
The winery will receive the recognition of Japanese consumers.
On the 29th and 30th of January 2019 the 6th edition of the “Sakura” Japan Women’s Wine Awards took place in Tokyo, the most important wine competition in Japan. This contest involves a total of 4500 wines from 33 countries and is peculiar in that it is carried out exclusively by women linked to the wine sector. Its judges comprise wine specialists, renowned sommeliers, winemakers, oenology teachers, journalists, hotel beverage managers, retail managers, importers and distributors.
Through a blind tasting carried out by the judges, the wines that are judged by Japanese women to be better in terms of pairing with Japanese cuisine are set apart, as well as those that are good value for money and are also more attractive to Japanese consumers and buyers.
The contest has three main objectives: Help the consumer decide on a wine to pair with Japanese cuisine, increase the annual wine consumption per person and increase the chances of integrating women in the wine sector.
Once again, our wines have obtained great results in this contest. In addition to the DOUBLE GOLD medal obtained by NEBLA VERDEJO, we have been awarded the GOLD medal for the following wines: Hoya de Cadenas Reserva, Ceremonia Bobal, Sandara Blanco and Castillo de Liria Brut.
NEBLA VERDEJO expresses the freshness and joviality of the dawn after a night of harvest. This perfect and unique blend between the cold of the night and the morning sun, result in this 100% Verdejo single-varietal fruit with great expressiveness and a fresh palate. After controlling the ripening, the night harvest is carried out in September to take advantage of the cool temperatures that help to preserve the aromas. A light cold maceration is carried out to enhance the aromatic intensity of the must, before its controlled fermentation at low temperatures for a period of 18 days.
THE MOST SOLD SUPERMARKET WINE GUIDE IN SPAIN, NAMES 5 VINCENT GANDÍA WINES WITH THE AWARD FOR GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY.
The prestigious winemaker and writer Joan C. Martín presents his ninth edition of “Superwines 2019”. A useful and handy guide for wine lovers in which he offers a selection of more than 140 supermarket wines divided among 110 superwines for less than € 6.99 and 40 megawines for less than € 14.99. In this ninth edition, he has rated 4 wines from Bodegas Vicente Gandía with a score of 4 out of 5 and one of them with a score of 3 out of 5.
Hoya de Cadenas Rosado has been rated 4 out of 5. The writer considers it “a superlative in every respect. A rosé wine of luminous presentation, excellent information and with a price that provides a good opportunity for the buyer”. This rosé wine is fruity, fresh and young, from the DO Utiel – Requena, 100% bobal.
Hoya de Cadenas Reserva Tempranillo, Martín values it as: “This reserve achieves excellence, even more so than the previous edition, and achieves the highest score. It is one of the most complete wines in this guide”. A red wine, from the DO Utiel – Requena, 100% Tempranillo.
Both wines made at Finca Hoya de Cadenas, owned by the Gandía family, where they have an estate of 400 hectares. Considered by Joan C. Martin as “one of the best wineries in the Mediterranean”.
In addition, other examples of the references highlighted in the guide come from its latest wines launched on the market are: Con Un Par Monastrell – Petit Verdot. A red wine from the DO Valencia, which has a lot of character and power. Joan C. Martín says: “This is one of the best red wines in the guide”.
Practically since the beginning of this guide, Castillo de Liría has been recognized year after year as one of the best wines in terms of value for money. In this last edition, the Castillo de Líria Tinto Bobal – Shiraz, a young and fruity red wine, which in the guide stand out as: “A red wine easy to understand and drink. The price is a gift for the consumer”.
Finally, the red wine valued with 3 out of 5 is El Miracle by Mariscal. A wine from the DO Valencia, 100% Garnacha Tintorera highlighted in the guide as: “One of the great red wines of Spain. The price is a gift for the consumer”.
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.