We expanded our range with Con Un Par, creating the perfect wine for this summer.
We have worked during the last year to create a new fresh and light wine. A white wine, 100% Sauvignon Blanc, with denomination of origin Valencia.
The winery expands its range of wines with Con Un Par, a new reference that adapts to market trends: CON UN PAR SAUVIGNON BLANC. This white wine is characterized by being very expressive, giving off aromas of tropical fruits such as pineapple and passion fruit. In addition, the palate is fresh, lively, unctuous and with notes of citrus that remind us grapefruit. It is the perfect companion to fish, white meats, blue cheese, Mediterranean rice, cephalopods and seafood.
Luis García Severino, oenologist and technical director of the winery, highlights: “It’s a white wine with a tasty and long finish. It is modern and reflects the current trend, the public is looking for fresh and fruity wines. A premium variety that will surprise you”.
Con Un Par, the brand of “rogue wines” by Vicente Gandía was born in 2010 with the first Albariño from Rias Baixas bottled by the winery of Valencia. The range was extended in 2017 by launching onto the market a Monastrell-Petit Verdot red wine. The new Con Un Par Sauvignon Blanc complements the Con Un Par range with an elegant new premium white wine.
The striking design of the labels of Con Un Par and its transgressor name leaves nobody indifferent, since its launch it has been a sales success both in the catering sector and in supermarkets.
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.
Do you know what wine to pair with the dishes this Christmas? Our winemaker Fernando Freire offers some advice on some wines for the most typical dishes for this special time of year.
Christmas is a time of special moments surrounded by friends and family, the funny thing is that there are always moments when food and drink are present. The refrigerators of all the homes are filled, but… What if they told you about affordable wines with which you can surprise your guests this Christmas?
Fernando Freire suggests some wines to surprise your most demanding of guests. He proposes 4 perfect pairings for these dates:
Roast suckling pig
It is one of the main dishes in most of the houses on these special dates. Fernando Freire points out “This dish seems simple to pair, but it is not. The suckling pig is a meat with more fat than others, so I would opt for a young wine. In the case that we want a red wine, a good accompaniment would be the Miracle 120. A soft wine, with good structure and a fresh finish. If instead we prefer a white, I would pair it with El Miracle 120 white, an intense wine in the mouth with a perfect acidity/alcohol balance”.
A typical dish in almost houses at this time of year is seafood, and for its flavour to be even more outstanding a perfect pairing is an intense white wine. Freire highlights: “A wine that combines perfectly with seafood and fish is the Ostras Pedrín. A friendly white wine, sweet, elegant, vivacious, fruity and with a long-lasting finish”.
Accompany this dish with Generación 1 is a perfect combination since the lamb meat is powerful in the mouth and therefore needs a full-bodied wine. According to Fernando “Generación 1 is kind on the palate but intense, with well-diffused tannins and a long aftertaste. This pairing is a different combination that will surprise you”.
Stuffed turkey is a dish with complex flavours, ideally paired with a wine with soft tannins. “I would recommend a wine such as Bo, a red wine with fleshy and tasty tannins that will help enhance the flavour of the filling. It is characterized by a smooth and balanced finish, which will give more intensity to the turkey”.
“Marrying a meal with this wine is a guaranteed success” Fernando Freire.
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.
Bodegas Vicente Gandía is awarded with 10 gold medals in two of the most important competitions in the world.
THE ASIA WINE TROPHY AND THE BERLINER WEIN TROPHY ORGANISED BY DWM (DEUTSCHE WEIN MARKETING) AND GUARANTEED BY THE OIV (INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF THE VINEYARD AND WINE) RECOGNISE THE EXCELLENT QUALITY OF THE WINES OF VICENTE GANDÍA
The Asia Wine Trophy was held at the ultra-modern Daejeon Convention Center (DCC) in South Korea. More than 300 wines were scored by the 120 judges who made up the panel of judges. This event is very important in the Asian market where the consumption of wine has grown in recent years. The wines awarded with a gold medal in this contest are: Hoya de Cadenas Cabernet Sauvignon, Hoya de Cadenas Reserva Privada, El Miracle by Mariscal, Sandara Blanco, Ceremonia Bobal and Castillo de Liria Reserva.
The Berliner Wein Trophy is one of the most important competitions in the international wine scene and in which wines from all corners of the world compete. This contest, organized according to the rules of the OIV (International Organization of Vine and Wine) has awarded the winery with 4 gold medals to the wines: Hoya de Cadenas Cabernet Sauvignon, Hoya de Cadenas Reserva Tempranillo, Uva Pirata Petit Verdot and Castillo de Liria Crianza.
In this sense the prestigious winemaker Luis G. Severino, technical director of the winery, has expressed satisfaction with the results obtained from many years of work, which certify the effort to obtain the highest quality of the winery. The effort and constant investment made year after year allow the winery to reap the rewards, such as the scores achieved in these competitions.
These latest awards place Bodegas Vicente Gandía as a safe bet for consumers seeking guaranteed quality.
IN ADDITION, LA SEMANA VITIVINÍCOLA AWARDED MORE THAN 90 POINTS TO 17 WINES OF BODEGAS VICENTE GANDÍA.
The Vicente Gandía Winery, the largest in the Valencian Community, has been highly recognized in 38 of its wines by the “Semana Vitivinícola” Guide, obtaining more than 90 points in 17 of them. La Semana Vitivinícola, is a well-established guide among the reference publications in the field of wine and oils, its collects data from 771 wineries, 2,751 wines, 48 varieties and 19 oils tasted and scored.
On this occasion Vicente Gandía has presented a total of 38 wines among which are reference brands such as: Bo, Ceremonia, Hoya de Cadenas, Uva Pirata, El Miracle, Finca del Mar, Raiza, Nebla, Generación 1, Puerto Alicante and Con Un Par. These scores recognize the effort and perseverance on the part of the winery to maintain constant quality in their wines.
Ostras Pedrín is the personal adventure of its enologist Luis García Severino, who has found a treasure in the Verdosilla variety from the Alto Turia area at 1,100m. The prestigious oenologist of the winery and this great white wine from the “Peculiar Wines” collection have obtained 95 points, recognition for his work and his dedication to Bodegas Vicente Gandía.
THE LARGEST WINERY IN THE VALENCIAN COMMUNITY INCREASES THE WINE SALES OF THE VALENCIA DENOMINATION OF ORIGIN BY 12%.
The denomination of origin Valencia is one of the most consolidated at the national level, occupying the first positions in the sales ranking developed by the Spanish Wine Federation. Bodegas Vicente Gandía is committed to this denomination of origin, assuming 40% of its turnover in 2016. In the fiscal year of 2017 it increased its sales by 12% in turnover compared to 2016.
Vicente Gandía is the growth engine of the Valencia Denomination of Origin around the world. This sign of support from the winery is reflected by a series of brands developed by the winery, as is the case of Castillo de Liria, one of the most representative brands in the market worldwide. This reference is the most sold Valencian wine at national and international level. In addition, in the last year, its packaging has been improved by providing the consumer with a fresher and more modern design.
Another example of this is the reference Con Un Par Monastrell-Petit Verdot, a red wine that is characterized by a breakthrough in packaging. It is a perfect wine to share with a couple of friends, the perfect excuse to enjoy a good Valencian wine.
The El Miracle brand is a clear example of premium Valencian wine, proof of this is the last award that El Miracle Cava Brut received in the United States. Recognition to the best “Sparkling Wine”, considering it one of the best according to “The Fifty Best Wines 2018”. Those responsible for awarding these prizes were 14 judges who blindly tasted 17 sparkling wines from around the world.
In addition, the El Miracle 120 Anniversary Rosé has been awarded a Gold Medal for the Denomination of Origin Valencia as “Distinguished in Valencia”. This award has been granted by the Valencian Sommeliers Association.
These last two awards, along with others that the brand has received during its 15 years of experience in the market, show that El Miracle is a consolidated brand in the market as a premium wine both nationally and internationally.
Finca del Mar is a range of Valencian wines that includes four references. The brand refers to the influence of the Mediterranean climate in obtaining grapes of the best quality in the denomination of origin Valencia with which these great wines are made. This range of single-varietal wines offer the most representative varieties worldwide: Cabernet Sauvignion, Merlot, Tempranillo and Chardonnay.
We all know that drinking wine in moderation is beneficial. In the past the gods claimed, either by intuition or experience, but not for any scientific reasons, that wine was a drink of the gods.
If we look at it from a scientific point of view, we can say that the benefits of wine are that:
It slows ageing:
Paul Schimmel, researcher, teacher and member of the Scripps Biological Research Institute (TSRI) in California, states that “Resveratrol, one of the ingredients in red wine, activates protective genes that limit cell stress and repair DNA, thus prolonging life”.
Mathew Sajish, author of the study and researcher at Schimmel’s laboratory, also states that consuming a couple of glasses of red wine gives the person enough Resveratrols to protect them.
This study was published online by the magazine “Nature” on 22 December 2014.
It prevents heart attacks and heart disease.
Immidiet conducted a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which examined 1,600 adults in London, Italy and Belgium, and reached the following conclusion:
Those who drink wine in moderation had high levels of omega-3 fatty acid (common among those who eat oily fish) in their blood, which is due to one of the components of the wine, polyphenol.
Omega-3 prevents the formation of plaque inside the blood vessels, protecting us from cardiovascular diseases. It reduces blood pressure and therefore prevents myocardial infarction.
It is beneficial for dental health and prevents tooth decay.
The Research Institute of Food Science of the Autonomous University of Madrid conducted a study (published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry), according to which the polyphenols in the wine (natural antioxidants) reduce bacteria in the gums and teeth and consequently help prevent tooth decay.
Eliminates body fat
Noemí Arias Rueda, researcher with the Nutrition and Obesity group at the University of the Basque Country, in her doctoral thesis “Effects of the combination of biomolecules present in food, conjugated linoleic acid, resveratrol and quercetin, on the accumulation of body fat” states that resveratrol and quercetin, molecules that are in many plant foods and beverages, reduce body fat.
Activates the immune system.
The Department of Metabolism and Nutrition of the Institute of Food Science, Technology and Nutrition (ICTAN) in Madrid agrees with the claim that ethanol modulates the immune system.
Drinking alcohol moderately can be beneficial for the immune system. The polyphenols contained in the wine contribute to this.
It palliates the effects of a sedentary life.
The Faseb Journal published an investigation, according to which the resveratrol of the grape palliates the negative effects that a sedentary life has on the body.
We experimented with a group of rats that lived in a sedentary environment, with limited movement. One section of the group was given resveratrol and the other was not. The animals that had not taken resveratrol experienced decreased mass and muscle strength, as well as bone weakness.
Gerald Weissman, editor-in-chief of this journal, states that resveratrol cannot replace exercise but does reduce deterioration in the event that a person is in a resting position.
The next step after purchasing the wine, before consumption, is its perfect conservation. The best way to do this is in a wine cellar, in storage cabinets or air-conditioned cabinets, which reproduce the ideal conditions for your wine to be perfectly conserved. The problem is that they are often expensive and difficult to obtain.
So if you do not have one, don’t worry, we will tell you how you can keep your wine in a wine rack, a normal one, which you can find in any store at no great cost. You only have to take into account these 6 basic conditions:
How to keep wine in your wine rack
Protect it from light. Both sunlight and fluorescent lights emit UV rays that can damage the wine, giving it an unpleasant odour. Dark wine bottles protect the wine better. Some glass even has UV filters. Therefore, the vast majority of red wine bottles are dark, because they lend themselves better to being stored without the wine losing its quality. Although not all wines respond equally to the passage of time (this depends on many factors such as processing, type of grape, ageing, etc.). Red wines can be stored in the bottle for between 2 and 10 years, depending on the type (young, aged, reserve, special reserve). The white wines and rosés must be consumed in the year following their harvest, and can in some cases, such as with aged white wine, be stored for the two or three years after harvest.
If you cannot protect your bottles from light, it is best to keep them in their box or wrap them in an opaque cloth.
Keep them in a horizontal position If the storage time is prolonged (more than a month), in order to prevent the cork from drying out (this could allow the outside air to pass through their pores and spoil the wine) it is advisable that the wine bottle be in kept in a horizontal position, even for reserve and special reserve wines, tilting the bottled towards the cork, so that the wine always keeps the cork moist.
For reserve wines, if the bottles are in their box, you can place the box upside down.
It is also advisable that the wine label be at the top, so you can see if there is sediment in the wine.
Constant temperature. The temperature must not exceed 24ºC, since at this temperature the wine begins to oxidise. Furthermore, the temperature should not fall below 5ºC, therefore, choose the most appropriate place in your house for your bottle, away from heat sources, such as the kitchen or electrical appliances. Abrupt changes of temperature can lead to the premature ageing of the wine.
Control the humidity. Choose a place without too much humidity, but which, at the same time, is not too dry. The correct humidity levels for a home are sufficient, around 40 – 50%, although ideally humidity should be between 60 – 70%. This prevents evaporation and keeps the cork moist so that it does not let air in. Excessive moisture facilitates the growth of mould and causes the labels to peel off.
Do not move it. If possible, wine should be stored in such a way that it is easy to access without having to move the bottles. Even heavy traffic vibrations, engines or generators, can have adverse effects on the wine.
Isolate the wine. The wine “breathes” and the external smell can penetrate through the cork, so you should place it in a place with good ventilation and isolate it from anything that emits strong odours.
Surely at home you have a corner that meets these conditions. Now you know how you can conserve your wine without spending a lot of money. You can buy cases of wine that are on offer saving you a lot of money.
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”.
If you want to know more about Hoya de Cadenas Estate, come and visit it.