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The Grand Wines features the portfolio of wines from Araex Rioja Alavesa & Spanish Fine Wines, a leading group of Independent Wineries from Spain

The Grand Wines features the portfolio of wines from Araex Rioja Alavesa & Spanish Fine Wines, a leading group of Independent Wineries from Spain

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  • 1. 1993 2013 2o t h anNivers ary BODEGAS LUIS CAÑAS p.14 BODEGAS LAR DE PAULA p.18 BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS LABASTIDA p.22 BODEGAS BAIGORRI p.26ALTOS de Rioja Viticultores y Bodegueros p.30 BODEGAS AMAREN p.34 BODEGAS HEREDAD DE BAROJA p.38 BODEGAS MONTEBUENA p.42 PAZO DE SEÑORANS p.48 FINCA SOBREÑO p.52 BODEGAS VAL DE VID p.56 BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS VALTRAVIESO p.60 BODEGAS PAGO DE CIRSUS p.64 VIÑEDOS Y BODEGAS MUÑOZ p.68 BODEGAS PAGO DEL ORO p.72 BODEGAS EYLO p.76 BODEGAS ARTERO p.80 ROLLAND & GALARRETA p.86 gran sello p.90 VILLA CONCHI p.94
  • 2. Ara ex Spanish L atestRioja Alavesa Fine Wines Releases D.O.C a. Rioja D.O. Rueda ROLLAND & GALARRETA (AL AVESA ) VAL DE VID D.O.Ca. Rioja Alavesa CONDESA EYLO D.O. Ribera del Duero LUIS CAÑAS D.O. Rueda LAR DE PAULA D.O. Rias Baix asCASTILLO LABASTIDA PAZO SEÑORANS VIL L A CONCHI D.O. Cava BAIGORRI D.O. TORO ALTOS R FINCA SOBREÑO gran sello PAGO DEL ORO Central Spain AMARENHEREDAD DE BAROJA D.O. RIBER A DEL DUERO MONTEBUENA VALTRAVIESO D.O. L A M ANCHA FINCA MUÑOZ ARTERO D.O. NAVARR A PAGO DE CIRSUS 2009 “The Best Spanish Export Company” by Mercados del Vino y la Distribución 2001 “Prize for the Best Spanish Foods Company - Export Division” by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Foods
  • 3. D. O. Ca. Rioja ( AL AVE S A ) BODEGAS LUIS CAÑAS BODEGAS LAR DE PAULA BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS LABASTIDA BODEGAS BAIGORRIALTOS de Rioja Viticultores y Bodegueros BODEGAS AMAREN BODEGAS HEREDAD DE BAROJA BODEGAS MONTEBUENA bordeaux D.O. Rias Baix as PAZO DE SEÑORANS D. O. TORO FINCA SOBREÑO BODEGAS PAGO DEL ORO barcelona D. O. Rueda BODEGAS VAL DE VID M ADRID BODEGAS EYLO D. O. RIBER A DEL DUERO BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS VALTRAVIESO D. O. NAVARR A BODEGAS PAGO DE CIRSUS D. O. L A MANCHA VIÑEDOS Y BODEGAS MUÑOZ BODEGAS ARTERO R&G ROLLAND - GALARRETA D.O.Ca. Rioja Alavesa D.O. Ribera del Duero D.O. Rueda VIL L A C ONCHI D.O. Cava gran sello Central Spain
  • 4. Endeavouring to set the standard for professionalism and customer serviceFrom its inception, ARAEX & Spanish Fine Wines have endeavoured to set thestandard for professionalism and customer service while bringing an interna-tional approach to the commercialization and marketing of finely crafted winesfrom small, family-owned wineries.It is this combination of centuries of winemaking history with 21st century busi-ness practices that has achieved worldwide recognition and distribution for theSpanish Group of Independent Wineries’ extensive portfolio.The introduction of The Grand Wines in 2012 is another step in the consolida-tion of our values and in the quest to expand the prestige of our brands through-out the world. Excellence Made in Spain. JAVIER R. DE GALARRETA President and CEO
  • 5. The commercial network of Araex & Spanish Fine Winesis present in the main markets and exports its products to more than 70 countries. Importers, distributors, retailers and consumers across the world share theirtrust in the quality of our wines. 10
  • 6. investment, innovation, DEDICATION Committed to the EnvironmentThe success of our business lies in the special care We believe that innovation is vital to continueand attention given to our vineyards. That is the rea- offering great wines. That is why we have developedson why the wineries that form the group are invol- ARAMIN, the first project in Spain to predict the le-ved in sustainable programs such as different water vel of histamines in the wine. These organic compo-treatment plans to dispose of pollutants. Or Project nents, found naturally in plants and fermented foods,Cenit-Demeter, a wide-ranging R&D investigation to are produced during the vinification process. In highdiscover solutions to adapt the vineyards and wines concentrations, they may sometimes lead to organo-to the new global warming reality, with higher tempe- leptic alterations, such as headaches or drowsiness,ratures and less rainfall. especially in hypersensitive individuals due to genetic factors or age. Our wineries apply rational viticulture methodsbased on a farming system that fully uses natural re- With ARAMIN, the wineries in the group are ablesources to ensure long-term and sustainable farming, to set up protocols and preventive measures to avoidwhich means that the use of biological and chemical the presence of histamines in their wines, helping toagents is controlled and carefully chosen, ensuring boost further the quality of the Group’s wines and pla-that they are environmentally friendly. cing it at the forefront in innovative projects in the wine sector. In our compromise with the highest standards, weare also pioneers in quality control systems and com- “We believe thatply with ISO, BRC and IFS protocols and have imple- innovation is vital tomented a carbon footprint control program to complywith norm PAS2050, which provides the most reliable continue offeringand consistent method worldwide for assessing theimpact of greenhouse gas emissions. great wines.” “The success of our business lies in the special care and attention given to our vineyards.” 12
  • 7. AR AEX Bodegas Luis Cañas Over t wo cent uries of experience Bodegas Luis Cañas is a family- owned winery that dates back to 1928, although the family has been growing grapes and making wine for more than two centu- ries. Today, it is one of the lea- ding wineries of Rioja Alavesa. Their wines start with nearly 300 owned or exclusively controlled hectares ofhigh-altitude vineyards. There, they carefully cultivate the vines following an agri-cultural system that makes maximum use of natural resources while limiting theirimpact on the environment. They realize nature is the source of their success andthey strive to maintain the privileged characteristics nature has bestowed upontheir vineyards. At Luis Cañas, being green is not just a marketing trend; it is theirphilosophy and their key to success. PHOTO: LUIS CAÑAS & juan luis cañas - Founder & Producer 16
  • 8. AR AEX Bodegas Lar de Paula The essence of Tempranillo In the heart of the Rioja Alavesa, in the village of Elvillar de Álava, Fernando Meruelo is transforming the finest Tempranillo grapes into great modern Rioja wines at Bodegas Lar de Paula. Protected from the north by the Sierra Cantabria and thriving on the fertile Ebro Valley to the south, the region’s benign climate ensures the supply of quality fruit from some of the highest vineyards in Rioja. Austere and in tune with its surroundings, the winery itself has been built with a single purpose inmind: highlighting the best characteristics of the Tempranillo grape through a pro-cess in which excellence is the primary concern. PHOTO: Fernando Meruelo - Producer 20
  • 9. AR AEXBodegas y Viñedos Labastida 500 hectares of world-cl ass vineyardsBorn in 1964 in the same Rioja village as ManuelQuintano, the 18th century monk who broughtBordeaux wine-aging techniques to Spain,Bodegas y Viñedos Labastida continues this pio-neering spirit in the elaboration of their wines. Yet,even with brand new facilities, stocked with the la-test wine-making technology, it is Labastida’s vine-yards that distinguish this winery above others. The 500-plus hectares are nestled between thebanks of the Ebro River and the foot of the Sierra Cantabria mountains in one of themost unique and privileged areas in all of Rioja. The vines are protected from theAtlantic wind and rain while enjoying warm air currents brought from the Medite-rranean by the Ebro. The result is the ideal proportion of precipitation with warmdays and cool nights, making Labastida’s vineyards some of the best in Rioja. PHOTO: Carlos Argudo - Producer 24
  • 10. AR AEX Bodegas Baigorri Gravit y as an allyBodegas Baigorri returns winemaking to its origins in a state-of-the-art facility thatis as much a work of art as the wines it creates. Built around the winemaking pro-cess, an elegant glass structure emerges from the soil and welcomes the visitor witha stunning display of the surrounding vineyards, emphasizing that it is here wherethe process begins. Baigorri then dives more than 30 metres belowthe surface and relies on gravity to drive the fruit andmust through its evolution towards world-class wine.The absence of hoppers, pumps or mechanical me-thods of any kind ensures that the individually selec-ted grapes and the resulting wine are insulated fromany potential damage. The result of this combinationof careful vine management, rigorous selection andinnovative architecture is a collection of well roun-ded, modern wines with a distinct personality. PHOTO: PEDRO MARTíNEZ - Producer 28
  • 11. AR AEX ALTOS de Rioja Viticultores y Bodegueros Modern wines inspired by terroir Although a relative newcomer to Rioja, this boutique wi- nery in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa is passionately led by a group of experienced pro- fessionals with impeccable credentials in the world of Spanish wine. Joint owners and longstanding winemakers Roberto San Ildefonso and Bienvenido Muñoz together with flying winemaker Jean-Marc Sauboua are creating a range of uniquely modern Rioja wines. In a short time, they have used their decades of combined experience and long winemaking heritage to achieve a high level of quality and a distinctive per- sonality in their wines that is rarely seen from new wineries. Their rapid success is the result of a strong guiding philosophy and a determination to balance the richness of the terroir and the traditional work in the vineyard with the latest technological advances.PHOTO: Bienvenido Muñoz, Jean-Marc Sauboua & Roberto San Ildefonso - Producers 32
  • 12. AR AEX Bodegas Amaren In search of perfection Bodegas Amaren was born during the 1995 harvest as a tribute to Ángeles, Juan Luis Cañas’ mother. A tire- less worker, Ángeles devoted her life to the vineyard and the winery. Amaren is the search for perfection in all fields. The vineyard, its selection, its elaboration and its ageing are all lovingly taken care of in order to achieve wines that bring emotion and pleasure. The grapes used to produce Amaren wines come from small plots located in slopes and terraces plan-ted with low-yield old vines that produce exceptional wines. Harvest is done ma-nually and always with the utmost respect for the environment. As quality is theessence of Amaren wines, they are only available in good vintages and their pro-duction is limited. PHOTO: JUAN luis cañas - Producer 36
  • 13. AR AEX Bodegas Heredad de Baroja Transforming qualit y grapes into great wine At one of the highest points in Rioja Alavesa, in the village of Elvillar de Álava, the Meruelo family crea- ted Bodegas Heredad de Baroja in 1964. The winery itself was built with a single purpose in mind: turning top-quality tempranillo grapes into classic expres- sions of elegant Rioja wine. Sourced from vineyards more than 600 metres above sea-level, rising from a mix of clay and limestone, the grapes reach a perfect balance of ripeness and acidity due to extreme tem- perature differences of 20ºC or more. Temperature controls, stainless steel tanks withcapacities between 12,000 and 30,000 kilos, exhaustive monitoring at every stage– everything is geared towards ensuring the quality and character found in theseunique vineyards manifests itself in every bottle of Heredad de Baroja. PHOTO: toni Meruelo - Producer & Winemaker 40
  • 14. AR AEX BODEGAS MONTEBUENA Knowledge, experience and traditionFor almost half a century, Bodegas Montebuena hasbeen putting its extensive knowledge and experien-ce into making quality wines. Montebuena continuesthis tradition today thanks to what is considered oneof the best vineyards in Rioja Alavesa. Located in the south east of the village of Labas-tida and covering more than 160 hectares, the sizeand quality of the Montebuena vineyards allows thewinery to exercise complete control over their pro-duction from the vine to the bottle. But what trulysets Montebuena apart is its unique position wherethe river Ebro is closest to the Sierra Cantabria mountains, creating a blend of Me-diterranean and Continental climates that prevents an excess of rain and extremecold. In addition, the shallow, calcareous soil limits the yield of the harvest and thesize of the grapes while increasing the volume of the skin, resulting in deeper colourand greater concentration of flavor. PHOTO: CÉSAR CASTRO - Winemaker 44
  • 15. SPANISH FINE WINES Pazo de Señorans One OF the best Albariño producers in SpainThe Albariño wines of Pazo de Señorans, one of theleading wineries in D.O. Rias Baixas, are renownedthroughout the world for their outstanding quality,intense aromatic character and unique freshness. Located near the village of Vilanoviña, thelowland vineyards, with their fine, sandy, aci-dic soil, are less than 10 km from the sea whe-re they enjoy gentle temperatures and elevatedprecipitation that levels off during the summermonths. The winery itself is a magnificent exampleof the ancestral homes of rural 19th century Galicia,built in the countryside with all the charm and nobility of a bygone era. But the success of Pazo de Señorans is derived from an exemplary vineyardmanagement policy as well as a careful and painstaking selection process during theharvest, where each plot is harvested separately. PHOTO: marisol bueno - Producer 50
  • 16. SPANISH FINE WINES Finca Sobreño The new star of the Duero When the D.O. Toro was created in 1987, Roberto San Ildefonso from Rioja was one of only a handful of winemakers who saw the region’s true potential. His winery, Finca Sobreño, was one of the first ten wineries in the new denomination, which today in- cludes over 50 producers. Finca Sobreño’s first vintage in 1998 soon star- ted earning acclaim and the winery became known as “the new star of the Douro.” It sits among 24 hec- tares of vineyards but it owns a total of 80, including 25 of certified organic vines. These vineyards have an average age of 30 years and many vines are pre-phylloxera, meaning they are planted directly without the need for grafting. Theresulting wines are clean, bright and balanced, with the deep, intense colour that ischaracteristic of the highly regarded wines from Toro. PHOTO: Roberto AND PALOMA San Ildefonso - Producers 54
  • 17. SPANISH FINE WINES Bodegas Val de Vid Verdejo wines of excepTional qualit yWhen Jose Antonio Merayo realized his life-long dreamto have his own winery, his choice of D.O. Ruedawas not arbitrary. The Duero River flows through theregion’s northwestern corner and several tributariesbranch off from the river to form soils that are perfectfor cultivating grapes. The region, located at 700 to 800metres above sea-level, consists of flat highlands, withvery long, cold winters, short springs with late frosts,and dry, hot summers, only altered by untimely storms.This factor forces the vines to search for their waterresources deep underground that result in grapes withperfectly balanced levels of sugar and acidity. Today, Val de Vid owns 20 hectares of vineyards and controls another 60 hec-tares in the area of La Seca in the heart of Rueda, which are planted exclusivelywith the Verdejo variety. Using the latest technology combined with traditional vi-nification methods, they produce white wines of exceptional quality and a singularexpression of their soil and climate. PHOTO: José Antonio Merayo - Producer 58
  • 18. SPANISH FINE WINES Bodegas y Viñedos Valtravieso The highest estate in Ribera del Duero In the heart of Ribera del Duero, more than 900 me- tres above sea level, stands the Valtravieso estate surrounded by its vineyards. This dynamic winery blends tradition with state-of-the-art production pro- cesses to make a wine that is unique, full of sensa- tions and expresses the singularity and personality of the region. The goal of Valtravieso’s team of experts is to exploit its privileged location to extract the true po- tential of the Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot varieties. Its 83 hectares of vineyards featurea chalky clay soil that is dry, shallow and poor in nutrients, making it ideal to growvines that are exceptionally robust. At Valtravieso, a combination of altitude, climate, soil and meticulous careconverge in a spectacular display of the essence of the land, vine and tradition ofRibera del Duero. PHOTO: PABLO GONZÁLEZ BETERÉ - Producer 62
  • 19. SPANISH FINE WINES Bodegas Pago de Cirsus An impressive estate se t for Pago D.O. stat us The aim of Pago de Cirsus is to make 100 percent single-estate wines of the very highest quality. The 136 hectares of southerly vineyards are planted with Tempranillo, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and small grain Muscat. Standing in their midst is a towering chateau and state-of-the- art winery that produces some of the most highly awarded wines in Spain and is set to be the next Pago D.O. in the country. Its founder and owner, Spanish film producer Iñaki Nuñez, chose the site just outside the village of Ablitas in Navarra for its sloping topography andochre-coloured clay found over most of the estate. Combined with its continentalclimate, the conditions are regarded as optimum for growing vines. Further enhan-cing the quality, the average yield per hectare is intentionally reduced far below thedenomination’s limit to produce concentrated wines with deep colour, excellentfruit, and powerful structure. PHOTO: Iñaki Nuñez - Producer 66
  • 20. SPANISH FINE WINESViñedos y Bodegas Muñoz Pioneering qualit y wines in La ManchaFounded in 1940, this winery started as a small plantation of vineyards in the townof Noblejas just south of Madrid in what is today the largest wine-producing regionin the world: La Mancha. The region offers ideal climate conditions and unique soilcharacteristics that produce extraordinary concentrated and aromatic wines. Often among the ranks of the pioneers of La Mancha that have cham- pioned improvements in the quality and longevity of the wines from the region, Viñedos y Bodegas Muñoz has grown into a significant force in the interna- tional wine markets. Today, a third ge- neration of the family, led by Bienveni-do Muñoz Pollo, is deeply involved in crafting quality wines that are enjoyed aroundthe world. PHOTO: Bienvenido Muñoz pOLLO- Producer 70
  • 21. SPANISH FINE WINES Bodegas PAGO DEL ORO The new, modern st yle in Toro For centuries the best area in Toro to grow fruits, vegetables and plant vineyards has been known as “El Oro”. Its privileged situation, close to the river Due-ro on the eastern part of the town of Toro, was perfect to avoid the early frosts inspring time. The area’s distinctive red soils have a base of clay and are covered byrolling stones making them ideal to grow grapes that mature slowly. In 1996 the San Ildefonso family, pioneers in the area, carried out a selectionof parcels around this privileged location to produce their “Pago de Oro” wines.Thanks to a constant and careful terroir selection, the San Ildefonso family is at theforefront of the new modern style in Toro with wines that offer great fruit concen-tration and character. PHOTO: Paloma San Ildefonso - Producer 74
  • 22. SPANISH FINE WINES Bodegas Eylo Rueda at its best In 1996, this relatively young winery was created in the appellation D.O. Rueda. The Duero River flows through Rueda’s north-western corner and several tributaries branch off from the river to provide, through their flooding, soils perfect for cultivating grapes. The region also enjoys a privileged climate with hot, dry days and cool nights that result in grapes with perfectly balanced levels of sugar and acidity. Nowadays, Bodegas Eylo owns 20 hectares ofvineyards in La Seca in the heart of Rueda, which are planted exclusively with theVerdejo variety. The winery controls another 60 hectares of Verdejo and Viura vi-neyards through close relationships with several growers. Eylo’s wine-making insta-llations are located a few kilometers away in the village of Serrada near Valladolid.Using the latest technology combined with traditional vinification methods, theyproduce white wines with unique flavour, a fruity touch and an excellent level ofacidity. PHOTO: Silvia García - Winemaker 78
  • 23. SPANISH FINE WINES Bodegas ARTERO Tradition and technology combined to make great wines La Mancha has become the largest wine-producing region in the world occupying 30,700 km². Its ideal climate conditions and unique soil characteristics produce extraordinary concentrated and aromatic wines. Bodegas Artero, based in Noblejas about 80 km south of Madrid, was built in 1940. The winery con- trols about 400 hectares of vineyards located at an altitude of 660 meters above sea level, with an ave- rage age of 40 years. Presently, the winery occupies an area of 8,000m2 with a production capacity of4,000,000 litres, a storage capacity of 7,000,000 litres, a state-of-the-art bottlingline capable of 3,000 bottles per hour and more than 1,500 aging barrels. Artero is named after the street where the founder of the winery, Blas MuñozGarcía de la Rosa, was born and raised. Today, the family still conserves the homeon this street, where a 17th century underground wine cellar is still used to age thefamily’s best wines. PHOTO: Bienvenido Muñoz and his children, Pilar and Bienvenido - Producer 82
  • 24. L AT EST RELE A SES R&G Rolland - Galarreta France mee ts Spain Two cultures and two different wi- nemaking styles but a common goal have brought together French wine- maker and consultant Michel Rolland and Spanish wine entrepreneur Javier Galarreta. They both believe that Spainhas excellent terroir and extensive knowhow to make great quality wines with realprojection in the international markets. As one of the most influential winemakers in the world, Michel Rolland hasworked with wineries across 13 countries and has influenced many aspects of boththe French and global wine industry. Since establishing ARAEX in 1993, JavierGalarreta has applied his knowledge on management and strategy to place Spanishwines among the greatest. The company, which was expanded in 2001 to add a wi-der range of Spanish wines to the Rioja portfolio, is one the leading wine exportersin Spain. An innovative project: France meets Spain. PHOTO: Michel Rolland & Javier Galarreta - Producers 88
  • 25. L AT EST RELE A SES Gran Sello The best of Spain’s indigenous grape varie ties The idea for the Gran Sello range was born in 2010 with the aim of transla- ting 20 years of passion into wines that offer the best of our native grapes. This prestigious family of wines is a tribute to Spain’s indigenous grape varieties:Tempranillo, Garnacha, Verdejo and Macabeo which we use to make wines of im-peccable style and elegance. Crafted from the highest quality fruit, the range reveals a side of Spain that ismodern and unique. All the wines are made from fruit grown at our vineyards inCentral Spain. Planted at altitudes over 700 metres, the wines show tremendousfruit character, freshness and elegance. PHOTO: Daniel Lorenzo - Winemaker 92
  • 26. L AT EST RELE A SES Villa Conchi Freshness, modernit y and elegance The challenge to place Spanish wines in the pre- mium segment of the international markets started in 1993. Javier Ruiz de Galarreta was convinced that premium family bodegas had a great potential in the export markets so he established a common export company for high-end quality estates from Rioja Ala- vesa and other leading Spanish wine regions. Twenty years later, a celebration is in place. Lo- yal to his initial philosophy, Javier Galarreta has se- lected excellent vineyards and modern facilities to produce a “different” Cava. Since 2009, he has been travelling extensively in Catalunya to find partnerscapable of producing an elegant, fresh sparkling wine. In the heart of the Penedès,he discovered the vineyards and qualities he was looking for to make such style ofwine. During his quest to find this Cava, Javier’s mother Conchi passed away in July2010 and wasn’t able to taste and savour her son’s latest challenge. Villa Conchi isnot only a modern, elegant Cava which shows what Spain can offer; it is also a tribu-te to a woman who was always a source of inspiration for elegance and distinction. PHOTO: JAVIER GALARRETA - Producer 96
  • 27. Ramón y Cajal 7, 1ºA 01007 vitoria - spainT. 34 945 150 588 / +34 945 150 589 F. +34 945 158 283Email: araex@araex.com www.araex.com www.sfw.es www.thegrandwines.com Best Spanish Foods Company 2001 - Export Division Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Foods
  • 28. Ramón y Cajal 7, 1ºA 01007 vitoria - spainT. 34 945 150 588 / +34 945 150 589 F. +34 945 158 283Email: araex@araex.com www.araex.com www.sfw.es www.thegrandwines.com Best Spanish Foods Company 2001 - Export Division Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Foods

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