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.
Hoya de Cadenas has real origins that date back to the seventeenth century.
In this era, Spain was a country in crisis. The monarchy was in a delicate situation since it did not have any financial resources, exhausted after the Thirty Years’ War and the battle with the French, having to support of their constant war campaigns.
In an effort to raise funds and gather support among the nobility, King Philip IV went on a tour of the different regions of Spain. This is how in 1645 the King decided to visit Valencia where he convened a session of the Parliamentary Courts in the convent of Santo Domingo.
After passing through Valencia and having fulfilled his mission, the King undertook his return journey to Madrid, accompanied by his court, he stopped for a couple of days in Utiel. The Fernandez de Córdova family, belonging to the nobility, offered hospitality to the King and his son, Prince Baltasar Carlos (who was 16 years old and travelling with him), as was the custom in this family, since they had done this on other occasions with predecessors of the monarch.
Before continuing their trip, the royal court met with the locals in the parish church of Santa Maria, and at the end of the service King Philip IV granted the title of “city” to the population of Utiel, he did this orally, with the phrase “come with us to the city”. This is how Utiel got its title, long before other flourishing locations.
The generosity of the King also extended to his noble hosts, the Fernandez de Cordova family, in whose ancestral home he had stayed. This was designated the “Right of Asylum”, which was rarely given in civilian buildings, it being almost always granted to military and religious stays. This privilege granted a right to the building in question where a fugitive could benefit from the security of the location, in exchange for working in it. This right was above the justice of men, since it was in service of the justice of God.
To mark this privilege, the front of the house was adorned with heavy chains and was soon known as the House of Chains.
With the passage of time, this name was extended to all possessions of the Fernandez Córdova family. This is how the estate, which belonged to this family, acquired the name “Casa de las Cadenas” (House of Chains), and the valley where it is located began to be known as the valley of the chains or the “Hoya de Cadenas”.
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