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Which is the Secret of Bodegas Torres, the World’s Most Admired Wine Brand?


It is a Spanish winery with a long family tradition. Its experience and the quality of wines make of Bodegas Torres one of the best in the world, and it is the most admired wine brand in the world, according to British magazine Drinks International.

The winery has thus been chosen for the second consecutive year as the most admired brand, always according to professionals in this market. Keep in mind that the jury who gives this title is composed by leading sommeliers, wine masters and journalists from different countries.

Such representatives highlight Bodegas Torres as a brand that offers variety of products, prices and styles. It’s a fitting title because that is the only winery in the country and in Europe with this distinction.

The fact that it became again the most admired brand in the world depends on several parameters that are taken into account when these titles are awarded. For example, it is noteworthy that wine quality is consistently better every year; and that the wine fully reflects its region or country of origin. They also take into account the sales and the adaptation of wine to the needs of consumers. Characteristics that clearly meets Bodegas Torres.

Other wineries that are close behind it in these special mentions are Vega Sicilia (another Spanish cellar which also breaks boundaries); Penfolds from Australia; Villa Maria from New Zealand; and Château d’Yquem from France.

Bodegas Torres already presents the fifth family generation of the company. Originating in the Penedès region, it was born in 1870 and owns 2,432 hectares of vineyards, of which 2,000 are in Spain. Its recognition allows us to taste their wines in over 150 countries. The designations that it groups are Catalunya, Conca de Barberà, Costers del Segre, Penedès, Priorat, Ribera del Duero, Rioja and Rueda. Its exports have been made since almost always from Torres family, having also vineyards in Chile and California.



 TAGS:Waltraud 2013Waltraud 2013

Waltraud 2013 is  a white wine from the Penedes DO based on sauvignon Blanc and riesling of 2013 and presents an alcohol content of 12.5º.



 TAGS:Atrium Merlot 2012Atrium Merlot 2012

Atrium Merlot 2012 is a red wine of the Penedes DO with a blend based on merlot of 2012 and 14º of volume of alcohol.


Wine destinations for early New Year travellers

 TAGS:If you are so lucky that on the early year you can leave home to travel to any domestic or international destination to disconnect, meet friends, relax, go out and forget about the routine you can also take the chance to do a bit of wine and food tourism, which never hurts and helps expand knowledge in these matters.

For example, if you are in the lucky group that will spend these days of January in the Canary Islands enjoying the good weather and the beach, then there is nothing better than to taste a Malvasia, sweet or dry. But if you are looking for bodied red wines with high dose of design (outside on the bottle), you cannot go without bringing in the suitcase a Suertes del Marqués El Esquilón, which is also great and surprises with its  combination of Tintilla and Black Listán grapes.

Those who plan to travel to Catalonia, can grab a good assortment of cava (sparkling wines from the region) to water the meals and dinners we have ahead of us. In addition to traditional brands, I recommend visiting some family wineries to know some new ones. And please, do not forget to add to the shopping list some rosé cava (my favorite one).

And besides the typical “souvenirs” we all usually buy when we travel abroad: such as lottery, sweets of all kinds, gastronomic specialties from the place, or deli we chose guided by greed and then share once back home, it’s smart to expand our wine collection with some new wines.

If you are one of those adventurers who decide to escape to the Pyrenees for a good acquaintance with the cold in nature, you cannot come back unless you have a bottle of Somontano in your backpack. In previous posts I have already given some ideas to you about these wines. And if you go by Zaragoza, then you have the perfect excuse to add to the list some Cariñena wines to import.

Those who are planning to travel to Galicia to gorge on seafood before prices are made entirely through the roof (and we have almost already reached that point), can bring back to their city loaded with some box Ribeiro or Albariño, which will last longer than half dozen crabs and do not need as much caution when to conserve.

For all other destinations I would need at least ten more posts so, I leave it to you in the comments. I look forward to reading your proposals!