Finca La Colina of Vinos Sanz wins three medals at the world championships in London, Brussels and Sauvignon
- Sauvignon Blanc, Bronze at Decanter World Wine Awards.
- Sauvignon Blanc, Silver at Concours Mondial du Sauvignon.
- Verdejo Cien x Cien, Silver at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.
The Vinos’s Sanz Finca La Colina wines have been consolidated as the best Spanish white wines among the best in the world. This spring, the dean winery of the Denomination of Origin Rueda, has won a medal in the three world-renowned wine-making competitions. Its variety, Finca La Colina Sauvignon Blanc, have been awarded with the Bronze medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) and the Silver medal at the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon. Finca La Colina Verdejo Cien x Cien have been also awarded as with the Silver medal in the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, in addition to the mention achieved in the DWWA.
Finca La Colina is one of the few wines recognized with medals in 2016 in the three major international competitions, from which it accumulates a total of 21 metals between 2010 and 2016. “This is not a matter of luck,” says Ana Carbajo, Sales Director of Vinos Sanz. “Experts from many countries have valued the work behind our wines,” she adds. During the last six years, other national and international prizes such as Gold Bacchus, Great Gold Zarcillo, Gold Zarcillo and the Gold Medal of Mundus Vini are added to the mentioned ones.
On the other hand, Finca La Colina Sauvignon Blanc rises from 91 to 93 points in the Peñín Guide 2016. Once again, part of the exclusive club of ‘the best wines of Spain’, those that the illustrious catalog places between 93 and 100 points. Finca La Colina Verdejo Cien x Cien is once again touching Olimpo, maintaining the 91 of 2015. “Every harvest is different and the raw material does not always allow you to get better results,” says Ana Carbajo. “Over the medals, our main prize is regularity,” she adds.
His Bronze in the DWWA 2016 “definitively consecrates” the Finca La Colina Sauvignon Blanc at the international market, after having won the Gold Medals in Sauvignon and Brussels in 2015. “Despite being highly valued in the World Sauvignon Contest since the first year, the Decanter award had been difficult to achieve”, acknowledges Ana Carbajo. “The Sauvignon Blanc grape is produced in many countries and present different nuances in each region,” she explains. Although this year the Silver Medal reinforces its prestige in Sauvignon, the Bronze of the Decanter “is a recognition to its singularity”. Finca La Colina Cien x Cien Verdejo renews its Silver in the World-wide one of Brussels.
The World Wine Festival
Finca La Colina has competed with wines from the five continents between the three major contests. More than 16,000 international samples have participated in the DWWA 2016, the largest global competition in the sector. Its 244 judges including 69 international wine masters, as well as sommeliers, regional experts and journalists. The blind tastings of their week of tasting took place from 25 to 29 April at Tobacco Dock, East London. His full list of results is published on June 6 at Decanter.com.
In addition, more than 9,000 varieties from 46 countries took part in the 23rd Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, from 29 April to 1 May in the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv. 320 judges chose the winners of the first contest that establishes a posteriori control of the winning wines, in order to guarantee the legitimacy of their results. On the other hand, from the 4th to the 5th of March, the Valladolid region of Rueda hosted the seventh edition of the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon. 74 judges from 23 countries sampled nearly 900 international samples.
“Each harvest implies the new challenge of maintaining or exceeding the previous level of quality,” recalls Ana Carbajo. “For our wines to maintain their strong personality and their own style, it is fundamental to continue the same line of elaboration,” she adds. “The national and international awards not only reward the work months of each vintage, but also endorse the regularity of a path,” she concludes.
The Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the Monovarietales Finca La Colina are obtained from the oldest vineyards of the Sanz Vinos vineyards. Both Verdejo Cien x Cien and Sauvignon Blanc “are of great complexity, elegance and expressiveness”, emphasizes Ana Carbajo. Comprehensive care, rigorous selection and low and controlled productions characterize its elaboration. “A real jewel inside a bottle”.
The Finca La Colina Cien x Cien Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc (left) are born in the oldest vineyards of Vinos Sanz (right). VS.
Challenges of the 21st century
Founded in 1870, Vinos Sanz is the oldest winemaker of the Denomination of Origin Rueda. Six generations have taken care of the vines of Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc from their Castilian fields, which now house about 100 hectares. When the wine was marketed at 12 reales per arroba and was transported in ox and mule wagons, the Donatos family bet on an indigenous and then unknown strain, Verdejo. The splendor of Vinos Sanz comes from its grapes, sprouted from a hard earth that imposes its differences. Its elegance in the glass translates the effort of climate, soil and man.
In 1980 the D.O. Rueda consecrates the quality of white wines of a unique variety in the world. Vinos Sanz updates the wine technology of its winery so that the alchemy of the wine grape expresses the personality of its vineyards. Among its challenges for the 21st century, to consolidate the international projection of a brand present in the markets of 20 countries. Currently, the company is reviewing the architectural project of a second winery in the heart of Rueda.
In 2013 Vinos Sanz undertakes its own project in the D.O. Wines of Madrid. For this adventure, the company has the collaboration of Orusco, the oldest winery in the region. In May of 2015born the first of its wines, Sanz La Capital, with grapes of old strains of Tempranillo of Madrid. A fruit red wine as a project of past, present and future, continued with Sanz La Capital Roble.
A new Madrid red wine has arrived in the city. Vinos Sanz presents its varietal Sanz La Capital Roble, from the Denomination of Origin Wines of Madrid. The event is held on Wednesday, April 20 from 11:30 at Restaurante Viva Madrid (C / Manuel Fernández y González, 7). Sanz Introduces The Capital Roble Ana Carbajo, Commercial Director of Vinos Sanz. Daniel Orusco, oenologist and Technical Director of Bodegas Orusco, directs the tasting of wines as an expert in wines of the region. Among other authorities, Mr. Juan Bautista Orusco, President of the D.O. Vinos de Madrid. Access with invitation, after confirmation of attendance.
The tasting begins two marriages of the young Sanz La Capital. First an intense but light entree, the croquettes Viva Madrid de morcillo with Iberian ham. Then, beans with oxtail potatoes, specialty of Lino Moreno from La Rioja, balance the strength of the red. Sanz Capital Oak debuts with stuffed peppers in tomato sauce. Due to its tannic load and to the presence of the wood, the pairing of the oak reaches its peak with the strength of the “callos” from Madrid of Viva Madrid.
“We propose Vinos de Madrid as an alternative to Rioja and Ribera del Duero in bars and restaurants in Madrid,” says Ana Carbajo. “Both our young man and the oak are pleasant and good value for money,” he concludes. “Sanz La Capital Roble has a palate and frank aroma and leaves a pleasant aftertaste”, says Emilio González, manager of Viva Madrid. “Accompany the flavors of our meats, like the tail of a bull,” he adds. It is a red 100% Tempranillo from the shores of the Tajuña, in Valdilecha. “Her four-month stint for wood brings balance, maintaining the expressiveness of the red fruit of this grape,” says Sylvia Iglesias, Technical Director of Vinos Sanz and winemaker. Also born in 2015, happens to his namesake young in the Wines of Madrid collection of Vinos Sanz.
In a daring bet of corporate image, the labels of Sanz La Capital and Sanz La Capital Roble reproduce two distinct landscapes of Madrid. The first shows the Paseo de la Castellana and the second the Madrid River area. Both are far from the traditional wine labeling and its originality attracts the attention of the public in bars in Madrid and the rest of Spain. Under the slogan ‘Madrilízate’, the image campaign of Sanz La Capital tries to make the Madrid public identify with the wines of its region. Its renewed website www.vinossanz.com keeps up to date news about the brand.
Opened in 1856, Restaurante Viva Madrid (C / Manuel Fernández y González, 7) dispatched the wines from Rueda de Vinos Sanz back in 1927, the original date of the façade that the realist painter Amalia Viva immortalized in 1978. His painting Bar ‘Viva Madrid ‘Is exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art of the capital of Spain. In one of the two gates of the place is the old label of the oldest winery of the Denomination of Origin Rueda, founded in 1870. Since then six generations have taken care of the vines of verdejo and sauvignon blanc from their Castilian fields, About 100 hectares.
Nota de cata. Sylvia Iglesias.
Attractive cherry color, clean and bright. Red fruits accompanied by light tones of cocoa, vanilla and roasted. Franco and intense. Balanced, elegant and long. Friendly tannin that gives a pleasant velvety feel, without forgetting its power and great structure. Broad and fleshy.