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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