Ultimate Wine Appraisal contest has given very high scores to the wines of the Valencian winery.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge with two annual contests: Ultimate Spirits Challenge and Ultimate Wine Appraisal. is the new benchmark for wine contests in the United States. The careful selection of the jury is made up of journalists, shoppers, restaurateurs, bar owners and influencers. This competition promotes the ratings to the consumers, the media, and wine trading through its website, emails, social media and subscriptions.
This are the scores obtained by Vicente Gandia :
Sandara Premium White Wine & Sake
Score: 93 Great Value. Excellent, Highly Recommended
Sandara Premium Blood Orange
Score: 91 Excellent, Highly Recommended.
EL MIRACLE Nº3 Premium White 2019
Score: 91 Excellent, Highly Recommended.
EL MIRACLE Nº5 Premium Rosé 2019
Score: 90 Excellent, Highly Recommended.
Ultimate Wine Appraisal raises the standard for the wine evaluation. All the products are are reviewed under ideal tasting conditions over a period of time that allows them to express their best characteristics. Each product is evaluated blindly using various panels in multi-stage evaluations.
The ratings of this competition are very credible and significant for the wine industry. The American consumers will appreciate the value of these recognitions and scores.
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 Valencian winery has reinvested its growth with a view to making new investments in order to meet the growing demand for its wines around the world.
Vicente Gandia, which was awarded “The 2018 Best European Winery”, closed its 2018 financial year with an EBITDA of € 6 million and having generated an overall turnover of € 42 million, which showed an increase of 12% compared to the previous year. The winery made this announcement in public during its annual convention staged at the L’Oceanogràfic Red Sea Auditorium by stating that it had made a profit of € 4.5 million.
The company exported 60% of its production and distributed 40% of it to the national market. It has a presence in 95 countries and entered into the following markets over the past year: Mongolia, Oman, Honduras, Slovakia, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
Javier Gandía emphasises the fact that: “These excellent results would not have been possible without members of staff striving every day to achieve these objectives. The customers, suppliers and employees are all responsible for this success.”
Vicente Gandia is also making a series of new investments throughout the period 2018-2019 to the value of € 14 million which will assist with new facilities, machinery and new projects.
Two treatment plans were installed during 2018, one of them being based in Chiva and the other one at the Hoya de Cadenas complex. Sustainability and environmental management form a key component of Vicente Gandía’s philosophy as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility program (CSR).
The winery has increased its storage capabilities by opening a new 4,000 m2 warehouse with a capacity of 6,000 pallets which also includes a computerised warehouse management system. This warehouse is characterised by including both a temperature and humidity control system, making it one of the most important wine cellars in Spain.
The recent appointment of José Hidalgo as the new Technical Director of the winery, along with the acquisition of 70 hectares of vineyard space will allow the company to continue to develop within the premium wine sector.
The company is currently installing a third bottling line and a new bag in box line which is set to open in October next year. This is because the winery is geared towards meeting the growing demand for its wines around the world.
The winery will create two new wines as part of the El Miracle range which are two wines made exclusively from organic grapes.
El Miracle 100% ecological white Verdejo. The most distinctive white variety in Spain. This wine has been obtained from the ancient vines of the Verdejo variety which have been pruned in glass. The wine will be fermented at 16 ºC after it has undergone specific maceration treatment for six hours.
A white wine with a combination of greenish and golden tones. The nose sets itself aside because of its exotic fruity aromas. The palate is a mild wine which fills the mouth with sweet citrus tones and apple flavours typical of a Verdejo. It has an oily finish with a particularly pleasant aftertaste.
El Miracle 100% ecological white Tempranillo. The Tempranillo variety is ideally adapted to our terroir because it is the original grape from our land.
A red wine which brings out its dark cherry colour. It generates a deep cassis like aroma combined with blackcurrant. Hints of liquorice and blackcurrants are highly prominent when inside the mouth. Its finish is both fresh and balanced.
It is true that there is a trend in the market which specifies that there has been a marked increase in the demand for environmentally friendly food and drink over the past decade. Wine is no exception and the demand for organic wines is increasing year by year. Organic wines after all are not a trend but are rather an increasing alternative.
The countries which consume the most organic wine or which are interested in consuming it on an international scale are: The USA, United Kingdom, Denmark, or Germany among others
El Miracle Verdejo and El Miracle Tempranillo are wines which give us the opportunity to enjoy their aromas and taste whilst also looking after our planet and which respect our environment in terms of how the vines age and how the wines are produced themselves.
Bodegas Vicente Gandia wooed the sommeliers once again with this El Miracle 120 wine.
The D.O. Valencia held on 3rd June is an event which brings industry professionals together and where the novelties of the Denomination of Valencian origin are presented. The finest wines with the aim of promoting the wines from our region have been selected for a number of years whenever the ASVASU (The Valencian Sommelier Association) celebrations are held.
These wines are chosen by 11 appointed professionals who are members of the ASVASU where they perform a blind tasting test held at the regulatory D.O. Valencia Council.
The Miracle 120 rosé from the Bodegas Vicente wineries, was one of those at the forefront. A truly special rosé which matures for 15 years before entering the marketplace. It sets itself aside with its special blend of Shiraz and Garnacha. It possesses a delicate pink colour with violet tones and ripe raspberry and cherry aromas. It has an intense red fruity flavour when inside the mouth.
It undergoes a magical development because of its short skin maceration period which produces its juice for a maximum of eight hours in order to generate the specific aromas which characterise the Shiraz and Garnacha varieties and which therefore produce the required blends. It is then fermented at a temperature of 18º C so that the aromas extracted can be preserved.
This award will be presented to Vicente Gandia throughout the event: “The D.O. Valencia” awards evening will take place on 3rd June at the El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía de Valencia.
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.
During the celebration of the competition, bodegas vicente gandía presented various novelties among which was the new presentation of the el miracle range mentioned above.
On 19 March the recent edition of the PROWEIN fair was concluded in Düsseldorf, one of the main international meeting points for professionals in the wine sector.
Vicente Gandía, recently recognized as the best European winery, was present with a dazzling and innovative stand where it released the main new editions of its brands SANDARA, EL MIRACLE, HOYA DE CADENAS, CASTILLO DE LIRIA, CON UN PAR, MARQUÉS DEL TURIA , NEBLA, FINCA DEL MAR and CEREMONIA. The wonderful stand of the Valencian company had a tasting area of its new SANDARA LEMON.
Since its launch on 17 March, in this room we have been visited by most of our customers worldwide. The team of Vicente Gandía composed of 14 people had busy schedules to attend all the meetings. Due to the presence of the winery in more than 90 countries and the international character of the fair, Prowein is an essential event for the winery.
Hoya de Cadenas Reserva also had an outstanding Presence, which has recently been elected Superwine of the Year by the “Superwines Guide” written by Joan C. Martín. This does no less than recognize that Hoya de Cadenas Reserva is the best Spanish wine in terms of value for money.
Javier Gandía, General Manager of the winery states: “To stand out at Prowein is the best showcase to get new distribution in those countries where there is no commercial representation of our winery, but above all it is the place where relations with existing customers are strengthened further”.
The recently closed edition of Prowein has had more than 6,900 exhibitors from 64 countries and has been visited by more than 60,000 professionals from 142 countries. This makes this event the most important of its kind globally.
We have extended our team of employees with the recruitment of José Hidalgo Camacho, a recognized and prestigious winemaker who with his youth and experience will be challenged to maintain and improve the quality line of the wines of the winery.
After an initial training period with the current Technical Director Luis García Severino, author of the likes of Ceremonia, Generación 1, El Miracle and Hoya de Cadenas, which has recently been elected Superwine of the Year in Spain by the Superwines Guide, the generational change will take place and José Hidalgo will become the new Technical Director of the Bodegas Vicente Gandía winery. José Hidalgo who is young, restless and with a great background in the sector, will help the company to continue growing in the wine sector, developing new high-expression wines.
José Hidalgo says: “With this appointment, a new and very exciting stage opens up professionally. To work as the highest technical manager at Bodegas Vicente Gandía is an honour; this being my new home, a flagship winery in the Mediterranean Arc and a national and international reference in the world of wine. His history and renowned wines mean he undertakes this new commitment with responsibility, but also with the peace of mind of having the support of Luís García Severino and an incomparable team of technicians”.
José Hidalgo Camacho is the third generation of a family that has devoted its heart, body and soul to viticulture. A genius of enology with an extensive résumé.
He graduated as an Agronomist from the Public University of Navarra and has a Bachelor’s degree in Oenology from the Rovira i Virgili University of Tarragona. In addition, from the same university, in 2006 he obtained a Master’s degree in Oenology.
In his professional career, after having been working in the wine region of Napa Valley in California, he was later in Gramona, which has been one of the best producers of Cava for 3 years. For the last 11 years he has been directing Unión Vinícola del Este, as manager and Technical Director.
In addition, he has been working for 5 years combining his business activity with teaching, giving classes in Wine Culture and Sparkling Wine Technology at the Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona.
José Hidalgo is the son of the renowned winemaker José Hidalgo Togores, a leader in the world of viticulture.
It is almost impossible to summarize in a few lines a professional career as intense as that of José Hidalgo Togores. Winemaker, teacher, advisor and writer with a wide and recognized work within the sector; one of the few professionals in Spain with technical capacity and wine understanding.
José Hidalgo Togores followed in the footsteps of his father Luis Hidalgo Fernández Cano, author of the famous TREATY OF VITICULTURE, who was recognized as a “Master Winemaker and Wiseman of the Vineyards” for his research contribution to Spanish and global viticulture.
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.