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MIGUEL A TORRES GIVEN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD BY DB AND IMW

Torres was given the award at a ceremony at Vinexpo in Bordeaux at lunchtime today where members of the wine industry gathered to honour his lifelong contribution to the trade.

The award recognises an outstanding and inspirational figure in the world of wine whose enduring contribution spans a whole career, and has previously been presented at Vinexpo Bordeaux to Robert Mondavi (2005), Marchese Piero Antinori (2007), Jean-Michel Cazes (2011) Baroness Philippine de Rothschild (2013), and Hugh Johnson OBE (2015).

Introduced by Patrick Schmitt MW, editor-in-chief of the drinks business and presented by Jane Masters MW, chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine, Miguel was delighted to receive the recognition.

Commenting after the announcement was made, and following a lengthy applause, he said, “I am of course extremely proud and honoured, and would like to thank the Institute of Masters of Wine – the chairman, the IMW team, the drinks business  and of course all Masters of Wine – for this Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I especially would like to highlight the extraordinary work, effort and dedication of our worldwide Torres team and my family. They all actually made it possible where we stand today as a winery. But allow me to give a very special thank you to my wife Waltraud, who helped build our winery (and the German market!) and raise our three children – Anna, Mireia and Miguel – and of course my sister Marimar and my brother Juan-Maria.”

 

Born in Barcelona in 1941, Miguel A. Torres is the second son of Miguel Torres Carbó and Margarita Riera.

In 1957 he began his studies at the University of Barcelona (Chemical Sciences), and in 1959 he moved on to the University of Dijon (Burgundy), where he specialised in Oenology and Viticulture.

In 1962, he joined the family business, and currently serves as the president of the company.

In 1967 he married Waltraud Maczassek. It was decisive that his wife was German as Waltraud Maczassek initiated and directed exports to Germany, which today is one of the most important markets.

 

In addition to English and French, he speaks an acceptable German and has also studied Japanese and Russian for several years.

He has written several books, the most recognized being “Vineyards and Wines” which was published in 1977 and which is now in its seventh revised and updated edition, available in Spanish and English.

 

 

In 1996, he was honoured by the Chilean government with the Grand Official of the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins, in recognition of his services to improve the relations between Spain and Chile, as well as for his contribution to the wine sector development of this south American country.

In 2012 Miguel A. Torres received the Order of the Lion of Finland, the highest decoration the Finnish government can grant to a foreigner.

His concern for climate change and ecology has been recognized internationally, including by the drinks business, which honoured him at The Drinks Business Green Awards in 2011.

In May 2013 Miguel A. Torres received the Golden Plaque of the Civil Order of the Agricultural, Fishing and Food Merit (Placa de Oro de la Orden Civil del Mérito Agrario, Pesquero y Alimentario), awarded by the Council of Ministers of Spain.

He has 3 children, Anna, Mireia and Miguel.

 

 

 

TORRES SERVED TO OBAMA IN CUBA / Torres’ ‘Milmanda’ 2012 and Vega Sicilia Unico 2007 were among the wines served to President Barack Obama on his trip to Cuba this month.

On 21 March Obama became the first US president to visit the Caribbean island in nearly 90 years as diplomatic relations between the two countries continue to ease. At the official state dinner at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, Cuban President Raúl Castro served his guests a selection of Spanish wines.

Torres’ Chardonnay from the Conca de Barberà DO was paired with the first course, a cream soup seasoned with ‘Caney’ rum and garnished with ham slivers. Meanwhile, the 2007 Unico was served alongside an oven-roasted suckling pig with tamales and plantain chips.

Miguel Torres Maczassek, general manager of Bodegas Torres, explained that his great-great-grandfather, Jaime Torres, had spent most of his youth on Cuba before returning to Spain to found the winery in 1870.

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Torres creates a microvinification winery to study revived ancestral varieties / The new facility will also focus on research projects related to climate change and indigenous yeasts

The biggest news this harvest season was Bodegas Torres's unveiling of a winery dedicated to microvinification. The new facility located in Pacs del Penedès will allow for more in-depth research in the study of revived ancestral varieties. In addition, it will work on improving quality and the vinification process as well as developing very limited-edition wines.

The winery occupies a 370 m2 space divided into two areas, which are equipped with the latest technology to carry out small-scale vinification, ranging from 5 to 1000 liters. Conditions at the facility mimic those found in bigger wineries, but offer greater flexibility when it comes to conducting different kinds of vinicultural tests and experiments. The fixed tanks are equipped with cooling jackets and an automatic temperature control system. The portable tanks, used for small batches under 50 liters, are placed in insulated chambers that can maintain various temperature settings simultaneously to ensure the correct fermentation of the musts. The winery is also fully equipped for harvest reception and has several small-scale presses and a bottling line on site.  

 

At this new winery, a team of 3 to 7 professionals, depending on the time of year, will centralize all of the research projects the company has been working on for the past two decades. Currently, the main lines of research focus on reviving ancestral varieties, adapting the vineyard to climate change, isolating and identifying indigenous yeasts, and improving methods of analysis and the process of stabilizing and preserving wine.  

Some research projects form part of larger European projects like INNOWINE and MyCORRAY or Spanish projects financed by the Center for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), an entity that answers to the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. This includes VINySOST and INCOMES, which primarily study wine stability, environmental factors, and the effects of phenolic compounds in wine on human health.

For the construction of its new microvinification facility, Bodegas Torres received an innovation grant from the Common Market Organization (CMO). The new winery reflects Torres's vocation for excellence and its clear commitment to RDI (Research, Development and Innovation). The company invests over one million euros a year into research projects in the fields of enology and viticulture.

 

 

Bodegas Torres takes 1st position in the “World's Most Admired Wine Brand” ranking by Drinks International

Bodegas Torres has been voted as the nr 1 “World's Most Admired Wine Brand” in the ranking produced annually by the leading British magazine Drinks International. After having been the second most highly rated wine brand for the last three years, Torres has finally managed to lead this world ranking, becoming the first Spanish and European winery awarded with this distinction.

The ranking is the outcome of a survey among more than 200 top international buyers, sommeliers, journalists and masters of wine, who were asked to consider many different criteria, such as whether a wine is of a consistent or improving quality, how it reflects its region or country of origin, how it responds to the needs and tastes of its target audience, how well it's marketed and packaged and whether it has a strong appeal to a wide demographic.

General Manager Miguel Torres Maczassek - 5th Generation of Torres – feels extremely proud and honoured to receive such an award: “We want to express our gratitude not only to the members of the jury, but also to all our loyal supporters all over the world. They are the ones who keep us working to make better wines every day. I believe that our whole team, from those who work in the vineyards to the sales force, all make an effort to meet the expectations of our wine lovers. We live to keep our promises to those who trust us when choosing a wine.”

Moreover Mr Torres highlighted: “My father has been crucial during the past decades guiding the winery towards higher levels of quality, as well as promoting our single-vineyard (Finca) wines. Every wine we produce is an individual wine. For us the Torres brand is a statement of quality: we do not change our wines because of short-term trends in the market, we focus on a long-term relationship with our consumers based on quality and consistency.”

The “World’s Most Admired Wine Brand” ranking has been announced recently in the latest issue of Drinks International. The magazine has a circulation of 10.000 every month and is distributed in 67 countries, being defined as the leading publication in the world for the spirits, wines and beers market.

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History

The roots of the Torres family in the Penedès can be traced back to the 17th century.

Documents show that even in those days the ancestors of the Torres family were vintners and sold their wines on a small scale. The family tradition has been scrupulously respected down through the centuries and the company has been passed down from father to son. Today the fourth generation of the family - President Miguel A. Torres and Vice-Presidents Juan M. Torres and Marimar Torres - runs the company, while the fifth generation is represented by Arnau Torres-Rosselló, Mireia Torres -Maczassek, Miguel Torres-Maczassek and Cristina Torres.

 

Right from the beginning, exports have been one of the main pillars of the company, and Torres wines can nowadays be found in more than 140 countries around the world. The other constant throughout the history of the Torres has been the creation and maintenance of the image of the company as quality wine-makers, for which Torres is now famed all over the world.

 

In Spain, Bodegas Torres has a range of vineyards in the following Denominations of Origin: Penedès, Conca de Barberà, Priorat, Jumilla and Costers del Segre; as well as wineries in Penedès, Priorat, Ribera del Duero and La Rioja. Internationally Torres also has vineyards and wineries in Chile /Valle Central (managed by Miguel Torres-Maczassek) and California /Russian River Valley (managed by Marimar Torres).

 

 

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Vineyards

Today, Torres has more than 1300 hectares of vineyard and above all, presence in more than 140 countries where the Torres name is associated with some of the best wines in the world.

There are places that seem to be destined to give the best wines. Enclaves where the land gives us its best. Soils with exceptional conditions. Microclimates that favour the growth of a specific vine type.

The grapes grown on these Estates develop better quality and reach greater potential, giving rise to wines that exhibit exceptional personality and style.

 

VINEYARDS

Fransola

In among the high altitude vineyards of Penedès, in the municipality of Santa María de Miralles, and within the Fransola estate, we find the Fransola vineyard. Here we cultivate 25 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc with which we make our Fransola, one of our most elegant white wines. This wine is unique because it is enriched with a barrel fermentation in new American oak, followed by 4 months of barrel ageing.

 

Grans Muralles

At the foot of the Cistercian walls you will find one of our most symbolic vineyards: Grans Muralles. It has been cultivated since the Cistercian monks introduced the vine here in the 13th century. At the foot of the Cistercian walls you will find one of our most symbolic vineyards: Grans Muralles. It has been cultivated since the Cistercian monks introduced the vine here in the 13th century.

Situated between the Milmanda Castle and the Monastery of Poblet it has 94 hectares of extraordinary quality, 32 of which are dedicated exclusively to its eponymous wine.It has taken us over 15 years to select vines suitable to these licorella soils (slate and gravel).

Finally a mixture of ancient and traditional red grape varieties were chosen. We have spent since 1984 in a process of recovering these Catalan vines from near extinction to plant them in these historic lands.

Thus, we have planted: Monastrell, Cariñena, Garnacha tinta, Garró and Samsó.

The great wall that lends its name to this vineyard, built in the 14th century by master builders Aloi, Pere de Guines and Jaume Cascall, is still in excellent condition, thanks to the patronage of Poblet, that cares for the monument.

 

Mas La Plana

Situated in Pacs, in Central Penedès, you will find our historic vineyard of Mas la Plana.
This great soils once formed part of the feudal lands of the Counts of Barcelona. They are now fully acclimatised to Cabernet Sauvignon.
At Mas la Plana we have 29 hectares of excellent soils dedicated exclusively to the production of our most prized wine: Mas la Plana, winner of the Paris Wine Olympiad, 1979.

 

Milmanda

This is a 15 hectare vineyard dedicated exclusively to growing golden Chardonnay grapes that go to produce the eponymous wine: Milmanda. This location is unique in European history, dominated as it is by a Medieval castle where Charles V and Phillip II did their hunting.

 

Santa Margarida d'Agulladolç

At our Santa Margarida d'Agulladolç Single Vineyard located at a high altitude location and presided over by a Romanesque chapel dating from the 12th century, we cultivate Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The llicorella (fine slate) soils produce very small harvests of an exceptional wine.

In 1995 we celebrated the 125th Anniversary of our winery. In honour of the fact, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I visited us, saw our vineyards and installations, showing great interest in every aspect of winemaking.

While tasting our wines, His Majesty showed particular appreciation for a red wine from our Santa Margarita de Agulladolç vineyard. At this high altitude location, presided over by a Romanesque chapel dating from the 12th century, we cultivate Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The llicorella (fine slate) soils produce very small harvests of an exceptional wine that subsequently ages and becomes more refined in new oak barrels from the forests of Nevers (France).

As of 1997 we decided to vinify this Reserva Real (Royal Reserve) separately in memory of that remarkable day and as a living and expressive testament to the prestige of the great red wines of the Penedès.

 

Mas Borrás

In Upper Penedès we find lands that give rise to one of the most delicate red varieties: Pinot Noir.

These are 10 hectares of exclusive vineyard that produce our famous Mas Borrás wine. To obtain this precious variety we forego big harvests and look for plants with low yields. We age the wine in Nevers oak so that each bottle may reach maturity with an extraordinary wine.

Mas Borras has received awards such as the Wine Olympiad in Paris, 1985.

 

Aiguaviva

Aiguaviva is situated in Central Penedès. At 450 metres above sea level we have 22 hectares

 

El Loar

In the Priorat you will find this 26 hectare vineyard where we also have a small winery making our Salmos and Perpetual wines.

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Winemaking

Overall Torres produces around 3 million cases per year and owns about 2.230 hectares of vineyards (5 510.45 acres), 1.800 hectares (4 447.90 acres) of which are in Spain, 400 hectares (988.42 acres) in Chile, 30 hectares (74.13 acres) in California, and employs 1.300 persons. Our most renowned "Single Vineyards” are Mas La Plana, Grans Muralles, Reserva Real, Perpetual, Fransola, Milmanda, Manso de Velasco (Chile), the Don Miguel and Doña Margarita Vineyards (California), and the Jean Leon winery which is managed by Mireia Torres-Maczassek, who combines this with running the Priorat winery.

Most of the Spanish Single Vineyard wines age in the relatively new Waltraud Cellar, named after the German wife of Miguel A. Torres - Waltraud Maczassek - who initiated and directed exports to Germany, which today is one of the most important markets.

The Torres family's philosophy of winegrowing begins with respect for the land. "This includes everything we do and is why we must keep experimenting and finding better ways”, says Miguel A. Torres. Torres completely avoids the use of chemical treatments, replacing them with biological alternatives, following the viticulture traditions of Torres' ancestors and has committed itself to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% per bottle by the year 2020.

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History timeline

1870

The company is founded by Jaime and Miguel Torres. The bodega is built opposite the railway station in Vilafranca.        

1904

April 17th) His Majesty King Alfonso XIII visits the bodega. Lunch was served inside a 500,000 litre wooden barr

Death of Jaime Torres Vendrell

Since he left no heirs, his companies are divided between his brothers and nephews, except the wine company, which is left to Miguel.

1907

On February 7, Juan Torres Casals registers the Coronas trademark

1909

Miguel Torres Carbó is born in the "Casa Pairal," very near to the Vilafranca railway station. This house was the Torres family museum until 1997.

1910

Death of Miguel Torres Vendrell

The company is handed down to his son, Juan Torres Casals.

1928

First distillation and ageing of brandies

The company begins the distillation and ageing of brandies

1932

Death of Juan Torres Casals

The company is taken over by his son Miguel Torres at the age of just 23, helped in the early stages by his mother, Doña Josefa.

1934

Miguel Torres Carbó and Margarita Riera are married

1936-39

The bodega is partially destroyed by bombing in January 1939.

1940

Wines are no longer sold in bulk, and the wines are sold in labelled bottles for the first time.

1946

The first bottled wine, Coronas, is launched

1947

The "Sol" brand is registered, years later it will become "Viña Sol"

1954

Sangre de Toro is put on sale for the first time

1962

The first Viña Sol

Viña Sol goes on sale for the first time

1966

Beginning of modern viticulture and winemaking

The first of the non-traditional varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnayare planted and the first stainless steel tanks come into use.

1970

The winery celebrates its centenary

The new technique of cold fermentation for white wines is introduced. Fresh fruity white wines, first Viña Sol closely followed by Viña Esmeralda, are blessed with tremendous success, replacing the concept of tired oak-aged whites.

1975

Marimar Torres takes up residence in the U.S. The sales of Torres wines in US market begin to rise.

1979

Chilean operation begins

Miguel Torres buys 100 hectares (247 acres) of vineyards in Chile. The Chilean wine industry's first stainless steel tanks are imported from Spain, along with the first new oak casks in over forty years.

Black Label awarded in Paris

Gran Coronas Black Label 1970 wins the Gault-Millau wine olympiad in Paris, with higher marks than wines like Chateau Latour or Chateau Haut-Brion.

1982

Marimar Torres plants her first vineyard in California

Marimar Torres buys 22.5 hectares (56 acres) of vineyards in the Sonoma County region of the Russian River/Green Valley, Californiaclose to the town of Sebastopol. Planting of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Parellada begins in 1986.

1985

New vineyards in Chile

50 more hectares (124 acres) are bought in Chile.

1989

Milmanda awarded

Milmanda scores third in a blind tasting of oak-fermented Chardonnays from around the world (the first two were both Montrachets).

1990

Miguel Torres Carbó given the "Creu de Sant Jordi"

Jordi Pujol, the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya, awards the 'Creu de Sant Jordi' (Cross of St. George) to Miguel Torres.

More vineyard acquisitions in Chile

80 hectares (198 acres) more of vineyard land are acquired in Chile, (now 230 hectares/568 acres in total).

Gran Coronas Black Label best again

In a blind tasting held by "Farr Vintners" in London, Gran Coronas Black Label (1971 vintage) once more receives higher marks than all the Grands Crus of the Médoc.

1991

Death of Miguel Torres Carbó

He is succeeded by his son, Miguel A. Torres.

The first of Torres's Californian wines is released onto the market.

1992

Jordi Pujol visits us in Chile

The Right Honourable Jordi Pujol, President of the Generalitat de Catalunya, visits the winery in Curicó (Chile).

1993

The Marimar Estate winery opens in California.

Doña Margarita Torres is awarded the 'Fransesc Macià' medal by the Generalitat de Catalunya.

1995

Celebration of Torres' 125th anniversary

HRH Prince Felipe visits the winery in California

HM King Juan Carlos I visits the winery in Pacs

1996

Honours for Miguel A. Torres

Miguel A. Torres is awarded the "golden" key to the city of Barcelona in recognition of his business trajectory and for the promotion od Barcelona and Catalonia around the world through his wines.

The Chilean Government presents Miguel A. Torres with the Order of Bernardo O'Higgins (grado de gran oficial), in recognition of services lent towards improving relations between Chile and Spain, as well as his contribution towards the viticultural development of that country.

1997

Miguel Torres Foundation Exhibition inaugurated

The Miguel Torres Foundation Exhibition Hall is inaugurated at the Visitors Reception Centre in Pacs del Penedès, containing the Torres family’s artistic and historic collection.

Joint Venture in China

Establishment of a Joint-Venture in China: Zhangjiakou Great Wall Torres Winery Co. Ltd.

ISO9002 certification

Bodegas Torres was awarded with the ISO 9002:1994 certification for its wine and brandy production and bottling processes, following extensive auditing by the officially recognised body, “Det Norske Veritas”.

Torres 20 named Best Brandy in the world

The brandy, Torres 20, is chosen as the best brandy in the world in a blind tasting of brandies and cognacs organised by the International Wine & Spirit Competition, and awarded with a gold medal.

1998

Own company in Sweden

Torres founds its own distribution company in Sweden: Miguel Torres Sverige AB

1999

The Most Important Winery in Spain

The Readers of the North American magazine Wine Spectator declare Torres as “The Most Important Winery in Spain”

Commercial activity begins in China

Torres' commercial office in China opens: Shanghai Torres Wine Trading Co. Ltd.

2000

Marimar acquires more vineyard in California

73 hectares are acquired on the Sonoma Coast – the best Pinot Noir area in California (USA). The vineyard is named “Doña Margarita”

2003-2004

New vineyards

Acquisition of Fundo Empedrado estate in Chile (369 ha / 912 ac), 160 hectares / 395 acres of vineyards in Jumilla, Spain, vineyards in Toro, Spain (40 ha / 99 ac) and a small winery in the Ribera del Duero area of Spain.

2005

CELESTE launched – Torres' first red wine made in Ribera del Duero

2007

Launch of first Priorat wine - Salmos

SALMOS red wine launched. Torres' first D.O.C. Priorat wine.

Land acquired in La Rioja

Torres purchases 52,158.23m2 of land in Labastida (La Rioja).

2009

Launch of Torres' first Rioja wine - Ibéricos

IBERICOS  launched – Torres' first red wine made in La Rioja, at the new Labastida winery

 

 

 

 

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 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  3 wines  from  Torres . In a tasting of  32 wines 

After two years without a fair, Prowein opened its doors on Mai 15, 2022. It was wonderful to see people "live and in colour", having good discussions and feel rather well. The fair has made everything, that visitors could feel at ease. Large corridors and therefore no "traffic jams" in the alleys were creating a very pleasant atmosphere. Although I am not a big fan of tasting on fairs, as the situation is often not ideal, this edition of Prowein with the more relaxed atmosphere invited to discover some novelties.

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 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Torres . In a tasting of  1 wines 

Clos Ancestral is the newborn wine of Familia Torres. Its birthplace is th area surrounding Castell de la Bleda in the very heart of Penedès. Since over 2000 years, these soils see viticulture. Iberians, Romans, the medieval monks or noblement of the 18th century: they left their traces within this terroir. Here, true viticulture treasures can be found, such as the grape variety Moneu, brought back from oblivion to join the blend of this new organic wine. With Clos Ancestral Familia Torres continues the precious work of recovering indigenous and ancestral varieties that predate phylloxera and therefore preserving the vinicultural heritage of Catalonia.

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 Tamlyn Currin, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  3 wines  from  Torres . In a tasting of  22 wines 

Torres Mas La Plana 2017 / One of two Penedès reds in the Familia Torres Antologia range (their top five Spanish wines). Tasted from a 37.5-cl sample bottle. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from parcels planted in 1961, 62 and 63 in the middle of the DOP. The first vintage was 1970. The vineyard lies between two rivers, which means that there are two very different soils in the vineyard. On the upper side, a warmer soil, poorer, less organic matter resulting in more concentrated smaller berries, smaller bunches, more tannins, more concentration. The lower side has more alluvial, sandy soil, and the vines are bigger, the berries are bigger, there is less tannin, less concentration, more fruit, more freshness, more acidity. Overall it has a very diverse, deep soil with many layers, moderate water-holding capacity, high calcium carbonate and moderately coarse texture. They have been slowly changing their approach here, with a lot of focus on regenerative viticulture: ‘One of the important things about Torres is the curiosity’. Building wildlife corridors, bird and insect boxes, bee hives, livestock grazing during winter, horse ploughing, natural ponds and the use of electric tractors. They’re making massive investments in building the microbial life of the soil and organic matter. Vintage 2017 was a ‘strict’ year – very dry especially at the end of spring and they had to work the canopy carefully to protect the grapes form the sun. A blend of Cab Sav plots, picked at different times and vinified parcel by parcel. They use oak fermenters for small tannic bunches and stainless steel for the bigger bunches. 15-25 days of skin contact. 18 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. pH 3.4, TA 5.6 g/l. They now use much less new oak, and use bigger containers (foudres of 1,000 to 3,000 litres).
Rich yet refined. Wears its oak like a royal musketeer wears his cloak. Flair and flare, daring and drama but real grace. Muscular yet nimble on its feet. Dark, dark fruit loaded with gunpowder and smoke. Incredibly elegant, despite the power and bravado. You could not get anything more Spanish yet unequivocally Cabernet Sauvignon. 

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BWW2021 competition finals were filled with superb lineup of the world's greatest wines and superb finds from various price categories. The finals that were run in various blind tasting sessions, revealed many surprises. Most commonly, the fact that all the wines were so enjoyable already at this young stage, although many of them will deliver so much more after ageing of 10-15 years. Congratulations for all the winners!

1y 8m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Editor of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  3 wines  from  Torres . In a tasting of  61 wines 

The third long and rewarding BWW2020 -tasting day is now behind. Here is my personal list over 90 points wines! Thank you again for all the other tasters - tasting 146 young fine wines from all over the world is always a hard work day - but because they are "the Best Wines of the World - it makes so much easier and more fun. 

1y 9m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  5 wines  from  Torres . In a tasting of  5 wines 

The new releases of Familia Torres have been presented during a video conference with Miguel Torres Maczassek.

2y 5d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Torres . In a tasting of  15 wines 

As Prowein has been cancelled, I had the time to check a selection of samples I wanted to taste since some time. Today I tasted a small selection of some international sparkling wines. It was a wonderful tasting with some surprises.

2y 6m ago

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3y 4m ago

 Aaron Nix-Gomez / Wine Historian, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Torres . In a tasting of  15 wines 

Across all five of the vintages we tasted, the Viña Real Reserva Especial and Gran Reserva all demonstrate deep aromas, full-bodied flavor, and extra complexity from earth and animale notes. The Imperial are brighter, more structured with noticeable acidity and more control over the flavors.  All of the bottles have aged very well with a general increase in liveliness as the wines became older.


The pair from 1976 showed good, complex flavor yet came across as fully mature.  The pair from 1973 exhibit less complexity yet are fresh and lively in the mouth.  I personally would rather drink the 1976s for the flavor but many preferred the 1973s for their condition.  Both wines from the 1970 vintage demonstrated a significant increase in complexity and energy.  The 1970 Viña Real is deep, earthy, mouth filling, and ethereal with a level of energy that made me pause.  The 1970 Imperial leans towards a core of fruit propelled by acidity, leaving a texture in the mouth.  The 1966 pair are lighter in flavor.  The 1966 Viña Real offers up more flavor than the 1966 Imperial but both wines should be drunk up.


It is a remarkably testament to the greatness of the 1964 vintage and the capable hand of Ezequiel Garcia, that the wines from 1964 are the most energetic and long-lived of all we tasted.  That is no small feat considering the 1964 Imperial was served from two half-bottles!  The aromas are to dream of, the flavors are a bit closely played but the mouthfeel is oily and luxurious.  My favorite wine of the night is the 1964 Viña Real.  It is mouth filling with complexity yet never weighs down the palate.  The interplay of flavor, texture, and acidity are remarkable.


We are fortunate in that not one of our bottles was bad allowing the personality of Viña Real and Imperial to shine through all of the vintages tasted.  If you have yet to taste mature CVNE you must set your sights on the 1964 Viña Real Reserva Especial.  If that is too expensive, the 1970 Viña Real Gran Reserva is a relative bargain.  These two wines in particular should be tried by all lovers of mature red wine.


CVNE is still run by family members including Maria Urrita Ybarra, Director of Marketing, who answered many of my questions and provided the historic images used in this post. I must also thank Jesús Madrazo, son of Jose Madrazo, 5th generation of the founding brothers, and former Technical Director of Contino, who kindly replied to all of my emails as well.  Finally, I thank my friend Mannie Berk, founder of The Rare Wine Co., whose careful acquisition of these bottles enabled this tasting to take place.

4y 2m ago

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