Grapes of Spain, Inc. was
established in November 2001, with its first
container landing in the United States in Spring
2002, representing 8 producers. The company
imports wines exclusively from Spain and currently
represents 36 producers with a portfolio of
90+ wines from all corners of Spain. All of
the wines are new to the U.S. market and are
from family winegrowers and that focus only
on high quality and limited production.
The Company's temperature-controlled
warehouse is located in Lorton, Virginia and
all the wines are shipped from Spain to the
warehouse in refrigerated containers. Our wines
are currently represented in twenty-five states
and the District of Columbia.
My goal is to look for gems
regardless of Denominacion de Origin as there
are equally exciting wines from Alicante, Pla
de Bages and Almansa as from Rioja, Ribera del
Duero or Toro. It's not as if a wine's origin
is unimportant however I'm not selling a D.O.,
I'm selling an individual wine. Another key
to the style of wines in my portfolio is that
many of the winemakers are young and talented;
representing the new face of Spanish winemaking.
They bring a new point of view to wine quality
as many have traveled internationally and have
had a broad exposure to the world of wine. Furthermore,
many of these winemakers are inheriting old
vineyards, a further key to quality.
I hand select each wine
and my wines reflect the true personality, quality
and character of each vineyard, grape and people
who make it. The wines are modern but not international
with a balance between fruit and oak, where
oak frames fruit flavors. Concentration of fruit
character comes from hard work in and understanding
of the vineyard not extraction during fermentation.
Finesse, not exclusive of concentration of fruit,
is paramount to the style of wines I search
to represent. I always search for wines that
provide the best value for the money whether
at $10 per bottle or $100. Finally I believe
the wines in my portfolio represent an authentic
expression of Spanish wine.
Aurelio Cabestrero, owner,
is originally from Madrid, Spain. He worked
at Madrid's Cafe de Oriente Restaurant for three
years before coming to the US to work as Sommelier
for Taberna del Alabardero in Washington DC.
He worked at Taberna del Alabardero for three
years and also worked as Sommelier at Marcel's
in Washington DC before pursuing his passion
to import wines from his country, Spain.
Aurelio has also won
the Ruinart 1993 prize as the Best Sommelier
in Spain, Best young Sommelier in 1994 by Wine
and Gastronomic Magazine and came in second
place at the National Sopexa Competition of
French Wines and Spirits 1994. He is also founding
member of Madrid Association of Sommeliers.