Vicente Gandia winery release a new fruity white wine made with Malvasia and Moscatel grape varietal.
Avento is an aromatic white wine with Malvasia and Moscatel, two grape varietals cultivated in the Mediterranean area and cared by our winemakers. Pepe Hidalgo, our head winemaker, says: “This wine is the perfect choice for today’s consumers. It’s easy to drink, aromatic and as well an oenologic adventure”
Because of the high temperatures in the summer period, the grapes are harvested at night to preserve all the aromas of this wine. They are then fermented at a low temperature to maintain all the primary aromas of these excellent grape varietals.
This white wine is bright and clean, yellow in colour with greyish hues. Notable for the aromas that display the Malvasia variety, with touches of tropical fruits. On the palate it’s expressive and fruity, with touches of lime and aniseed, which come from the Muscat variety. A white wine with a lingering finish.
During this year, the winery has a lot of projects in progress. This fantastic white wine is only one of them but there’s still a lot more to come.
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.
Valencia has been the pioneering region in producing Cava outside of Catalonia and is perhaps the one region which has achieved the greatest success in terms of both productivity and quality. Valencian cavas have been massively appreciated by consumers throughout Spain over the past few years.
The Hoya de Cadenas cavas have enhanced their image after having ten years of experience by updating their image with new labels to create a more homogeneous identity which remains consistent with all of the other brand’s wines. Hoya de Cadenas consists of a wide variety of five different cavas: Semi Seco, Brut, Brut Rosé, Brut Organic and Brut Nature.
It is looking towards the future by enticing people, giving people an opportunity, and making people who they want to be happy by providing an illusion and bringing success. Bodegas Vicente Gandía transfers all of these qualities to its Hoya de Cadenas Cava Brut Nature, its most outstanding showpiece. A 100% Macabeo Valencian cava which is characterised by its sparkle and which is a perfect accompaniment to snacks, smoked platters, oysters, fish, sushi or seafood.
The cava is created using the traditional or the “Champenoise” methods. It is bottled for a period of ten months after the base white wine variety has been obtained in order to produce Hoya de Cadenas. The bottles remain in a horizontal position during this period, known as “in stacks”, and remain at a constant temperature of about 15 ºC in order to undergo a second fermentation by accumulating the yeasts in the neck of the bottle.
There must be something particularly special about the Vicente Gandía when it is in increasing demand in various markets such as: Sweden, Japan, Holland or Belgium, which are the primary markets acquiring the Hoya de Cadenas showpiece. The winery is without question the talisman of the Valencian cava.
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 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 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 2019 “SUPERWINES” GUIDE WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY JOAN C. MARTÍN, (GOURMAND PRIZE 2018), CHOOSE HOYA DE CADENAS RESERVE FROM BODEGAS VICENTE GANDÍA AS THE BEST WINE IN TERMS OF VALUE FOR MONEY IN SPAIN.
The “Superwines” Guide gathers those references that can be found on supermarket shelves whose price does not exceed 15 euros. There are more than 900 wines tasted by the author Joan C. Martín who is personally responsible for buying them in supermarkets throughout the Spanish territory. As with every year, once the guide has been published, the publisher chooses the six best rated wines to submit them to a round of tastings in the cities of Málaga, València, Barcelona and Madrid. In the course of these tastings in which a selection of journalists, bloggers and professional tasters participate, a competition is established to determine which of the chosen wines will be the Superwine of the Year. This year the selection was made up of a young red wine from Rioja Alavesa, a red wine from Navarra, a red wine from Tierra de Extremadura, a red oak wine from Alicante, a Catalan cava brut nature and Hoya de Cadenas red wine from the DO Utiel-Requena, which was the winner.
According to Javier Gandía the Managing Director of Bodegas Vicente Gandía, “This award is recognition of the excellent progression in the quality of DO Utiel Requena wines, which now includes the fruit of many years of dedication and commitment to viticulture quality, led by great winemakers such as Luís García Severino, author of Hoya de Cadenas Reserva and many other iconic wines of the Utiel Requena Designation of Origin such as Generación 1, Bo or Ceremonia. Vicente Gandía was a pioneer in producing premium wines in this Denomination of Origin and now, with this type of recognition, time has shown that we were right”.
Hoya de Cadenas Reserva is clean looking and has a deep intensity with red-vermilion tints. The nose reveals complex aromas of ripe fruit and vanilla. A soft and velvety wine, with a very fine and elegant finish. Its fantastic price has been a determining factor in obtaining this recognition.
Two wines from our warehouse will be served for economy-class passengers on the transoceanic routes of Air Europa.
The wines from the winery will be served on board the long-haul flights of Air Europa. Thus, passengers travelling in economy can consume Hoya de Cadenas Shiraz and Fustanova Blanc during the journey; two Valencian wines with an international trip and that are well recognised within the sector.
Hoya de Cadenas Shiraz is a red wine made in the Finca Hoya de Cadenas, an enological paradise only 90 km from the city of Valencia that has 300 hectares of the most noble local and international varieties. This delicious Shiraz is warm, with soft tannins and a spicy finish, with a balsamic aftertaste reminiscent of black olives.
Fustanova Blanc is a wine whose fundamental key is the influence of the Mediterranean Sea. It is made with selected grapes and picked at the optimum time in order to maximize all its essence.
This wonderful white wine is broad, unctuous and fresh at the same time, with a fruity finish where its excellent acidity stands out.
These two Valencian wines have been chosen to be served in economy class for Air Europa’s international flights, the airline chaired by Juan José Hidalgo, which last year transported more than 10.6 million passengers to its more than 50 domestic, European and transoceanic destinations.
The presence of our Valencian wines with the airline will undoubtedly contribute to the promotion of our wines.
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”.
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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