Andrew Hanna is a 3rd generation wine importer with his family firm, John Hanna & Sons Ltd. and the founder of First Press Marketing – specialized in digital marketing services for wine producers and vendors
Perhaps it’s the sense of individuality and authenticity that makes Spain such a spectacular destination for lovers of great wine and food. Rather than bending to the ubiquitous, or attempting to replicate flavours of other regions or countries, the varied wine producing regions of Spain have boldly embraced a collection of local grape varieties and wine production methods we rarely see anywhere else in the world.
This idea of tapas, or small bites of amazing, flavourful foods paired with equally dynamic wines is at the heart of Spanish food and drinks culture. In visiting Spain you will experience this rich tapestry and indulge your senses with culinary and vinous experiences that you simply cannot find anywhere else on earth. There is a reason that Spain has become a “must-see” pilgrimage for serious lovers of food and wine – and this trip is your opportunity to experience the best of this incredible destination.
Your visit to Galicia will open your eyes to some of the finest white wines of Spain. While the Iberian Peninsula is best known for its red wines, small pockets of coastal and high altitude microclimates in Spain join forces with stunningly delicious – if somewhat lesser known – indigenous grape varieties to produce fragrant, refreshing and generous whites. Atop this short list of outstanding Spanish white wines is the Albarino grape – and nowhere does Albarino achieve loftier results than in the alpine vineyards of Lagar de Cervera in Rias Baixas.
Known as Spain’s “green coast”, these gentle, rolling slopes just miles from the Atlantic coast offer hospitable surroundings for the production of fine white wines, standing in stark contrast to the hot, barren desserts and mountainsides that make up most of Spain’s finest red wine regions. Surrounded by pine trees, eucalyptus and various other “alpine garrigue”, it would be easy to underestimate these Albarino wines, for their bright core of citrus and tropical fruit makes them oh-so-easy to sip under the Spanish sun. Under closer examination, it quickly becomes evident that these whites compete well with the finest white wines of Europe and the rest of the world, with outstanding textural qualities and aromatic complexity.
A country of contrasts and complexity, this trip will take you on a sensory journey of the best Spain – a country whose culture brings together history, geography, food and drink in ways that will inspire and satisfy, seemingly in equal measure. Indulge your mind and your palate – and discover why everyone’s talking about Spain these days...