Finca La Emperatriz
One wine made in Baños de Rioja won one of the awards of the wine contest at the Universal Exposition of 1878 (Paris): it was the wine entered by Eugenia de Montijo, Empress of France and the owner of a vineyard with great quality potential. In 1996, the Hernáiz family purchased that same estate, and brothers Eduardo and Victor Hernáiz took charge of a project aimed at producing quality wines.
The Yllera family has elaborated quality wines for 6 generations. Currently our company is managed by a team of professional young people led by the siblings Marcos and Carlos Yllera, and we can be proud of having taken BODEGAS GRUPO YLLERA to the top in the wine sector, always seeking the best quality-price-personality relationship in our wines and thanks to the continuous investments and extensions in the wineries and vineyards, barrels area, technology and WINE TOURISM (El Hilo de Ariadna), carrying out practices for the environmental respect and the food safety. Our wines are awarded every year in the most important international competitions and we receive the best opinions and scores, but what really excites us is the daily recognition of our customers
The first written records about winemaking in our region date back to 1203 and were founded in the Monastery of Veruela. The monks had an essential role in the development of vinegrowing and winemaking in the region. In the 19th century, private wineries in the foothills surrounding Veruela began to emerge and in the 1950´s economic difficulties pushed small producers to join their forces and six co-operatives emerge, which nowadays comprise most of the D.O. Bodega Borsao is situated in Borja, in the Northwest of the province of Zaragoza, considered to be a sub-unit with its own characteristics within the region of Moncayo, in the occidental sector of the province. Bodegas Borsao, has been the origin and engine of the D.O. “Campo de Borja”, in Aragón, north-eastern Spain or the wellknown “Empire of Garnacha”. Bodegas Borsao is an internationally recognized wine producer and one of the world´s leading Garnacha producers.
Viña Zorzal Wines
Our story begins in 1989, when, after a lifetime working in wine, Antonio Sanz fulfilled his dream of producing his own wines in Navarra.
He soon realized that the production of great wines depended not only on work in the winery, but also careful attention to the vines and their treatment and care. Today we, his sons, realized the importance of this decision in allowing us to create something special in the exciting world of wine.
In 2007 we built on Antonio’s teachings and the philosophy that he had instilled in us from when we were young, to create a new project: Viña Zorzal. With his sons now taking over the reins, Antonio was no longer alone.
Through this project we rescue native Navarran grape varieties that had been almost forgotten about, producing single varietal wines based on the values of authenticity and simplicity, wines that speak for themselves and are affordable for everyone. The first years of the project saw us start to be recognised for our work with the Graciano grape and win the approval of some of the wine world’s most important critics.
The MESTRES family, documented in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia before 1312 as owner of vineyards and also as merchants of cereals and wines, has remained linked to the wine world for 29 generations. At the time the date of 1312 was taken as the year of the founding of the MESTRES Wineries. This is confirmed in the first labels of sparkling wine: 1312.
We were precursors in the 50s in the use of the word Cava to refer to our sparkling wines, and in 1960 we officially recorded the word Cava in our bottles. Today, the 29th generation of the MESTRES family follows the path set by their predecessors and maintains that restless and enterprising spirit that characterized the MESTRES family, a winery with seven centuries of history. During all these years we have been able to follow the tradition and respect a philosophy of unique elaboration, taking the name of MESTRES and the word CAVA to excellence. We are the living history of Cava.
Bodega Santa Cruz de Alpera
The Bodega Santa Cruz de Alpera was founded in 1947 by 25 winegrowers. Their goal was to create a winery to elaborate their own wines and this journey leads us to today. After more than 60 years of experience and with larger vineyards and totally modernized facilities, we face new challenges ahead. We aim to keep the cooperative identity; our winery offers unique products due to grow a single variety, Garnacha Tintorera. With about 3,000 hectares cultivated, more than a third in organic farming, the winery meets markets in several countries.
Enate and art come together at a lofty point: the desire to create. When it began in 1992, the winery decided that the pairing of winemaking and contemporary culture would be an essential feature of its character. It was a challenge from a business point of view as well as from an artistic perspective, but it was an triumph and was copied by others. The concept was a winner: the excellence of an idea is obvious once someone has been brave enough to work it out.
Enate accepted art as the very essence of its identity. The two concepts begin together and mutually enrich one another. Human beings are, essentially, creators of one kind or another and we naturally love the pleasures of life. In 1992, Enate made a formal commitment to pairing the two concepts, contrasting the almost mathematical expertise of a winemaker with the unpredictability of artists inspired by winemaking.
Our story begins in 1999 in a fifteenth century small palace located in Toro (Zamora), the palace of Rejadorada. Here the particular project of Luis Remesal, Jose A. Fernandez (Chencho) and Jose Antonio de Saja is born: make red wines which stand out for careful preparation and extreme care in each process to obtain fine, complex and harmonious wines with a great protagonist: the variety “Tinta de Toro” (Tempranillo). In 2003, Rejadorada grows with a new winery in San Román de Hornija (Valladolid) with the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for the elaboration, ageing and bottling, while remaining faithful to the old methods of preparation and the love for things well-done. And fully immersed in this adventure – in 2014 – Mario Remesal takes the witness of his predecessor, Luis Remesal, bringing new ideas and energizing this excitement so characteristically of Rejadorada, in order to transmit through these wines history, tradition and passion.
Adega Alan de Val
Adega Alan is a family-owned, artisan winery, founded in 1993, based on the experience inherited from parents and grandparents, dedicated to the vineyard, nursery, wine making and sale.
In 2006 the new winery is built, located in the region of Valdeorras and surrounded by the Finca “Pedrazais”. In this new stage are incorporated new techniques and knowledge in order to obtain the best wines.
Adega de Monção
The “Adega Cooperativa Regional de Monção” , CRL , was founded on 11 October 1958, with the initiative of 25 winemakers. Located in full demarcated region of Vinho Verde, the sub-region of Monção and Melgaço , this region was recognized the exclusive use of the designation “ Vinho Verde Alvarinho”.
On the way to modernization
Between 1986 and 2004, Adega de Monção improved its technological conditions in grape reception and winemaking processes, in addition to its storage capacity, quality and stabilization of bottling methods. Between 2004 and 2006 the winery underwent physical reformation and new and modern physical structures were build, allowing to a national and international commercial expansion.
Paul-Etienne Saint Germain
Paul-Etienne Saint Germain is a story of the love and passion of Jean-Michel & Agnès Lagneau, their native Epernay’s rich wine culture and their family’s deep roots in Champagne. As far back as they can remember, their lives have always reflected this authentic world and historic craft so close to their hearts. Twenty years into a career in the highest spheres of the Champagne economy, including the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE Group, Jean-Michel at last realized his dream to create his own Champagne with his wife Agnès. The name and Paul-Etienne Saint Germain is an homage to his beloved children Pauline and Etienne.
A bold project made from the noblest grape varieties, Grand Cru Chardonnay & Pinot Noir served in the world’s most discerning Michelin-starred restaurants, Relais & Châteaux, hotels of the world. You can find Paul-Etienne Saint Germain worldwide from Paris, to New York, to Miami and Hong Kong but most importantly at your table!
The house history starts in the XIX century, 1820, with Juan Antonio Peinado. In the beginning he was producer of schnapps to be sold in the local market. Peinado’s schnapps became popular in western France, supplying the liquors to make Cognac during the philoxera epidemic. With the surplus of the schnapps, he started, as recommended by his clients, to produce liquors in the same style as the French ones. This evolve into the production of high quality Cognac, but name had to be changed in 1972.
The purity of Brandy Peinado is excellent, with a limited production and the oaking of the product using the solera system.
Established in May, 1949. by the Duffo family in Madrid , Spain. First product to be launched was clear lemonade in glass a bottle with the iconic swing closure. It appealed to many as modern & high quality. To ensure house wives tried the product, deliverymen on bicycles gave away free bottles all over Spain. 60s – Introducing new flavors, such as orange and lemon. 70s – The brand continues to grow and becomes the family soft drink of its time, and the usual partner to wine on the table. 2007 – La Casera launches Tinto de Verano (wine with clear lemonade).
More than 150 years ago, in the Canadian border town of Thunder Bay, one of the world’s best whiskies was born. Thunder Bay Canadian Whisky. Canadian whisky was a “must” in the U.S. during the Prohibition and became one of the Chicago mafia’s favorites. Smuggling whisky into the US during Prohibition was not an easy task… There was just one way to cross the border, across Lake Superior and to make it even harder, female dogs, ”the bitches” were specially trained by the US border control police to sniff out and detect the whisky. Legend has it that the mafia confused the dogs by hiding the whisky in stacks of cinnamon and chili. This did two big favors to the world… First, the mafias spent more time drinking the good stuff instead of shooting each other and Second, thugs got inspired and started blending Canadian Whisky with the cinnamon and the chili. An irreverent blend was born and was called Thunder Bitch in honour of those “friendly” dogs.