- BRONZE (2013) International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
About the wine maker
Rolland & Galarreta is a joint project between winemaker and consultant Michel Rolland and Spanish wine entrepreneur Javier Galarreta. Their aim is to develop a range of pan-Spanish wines, expertly made to reflect each region’s individual terroir. Understanding and maintaining regional differentiation provides the consumer with a unique perspective when enjoying each wine.
France meets Spain; Michel Rolland is one of the world's most influential winemakers and has worked with wineries in 13 different countries. As a result, he has greatly influenced the wine industry in both his home country France and right around the world. Spaniard Javier Galarreta founded the Araex group in 1993 to market wines from Rioja Alavesa; in 2001 he expanded into other areas in response to a growing interest from abroad. Today, the group is one of the leading exporters of Spanish premium wine.
The result of this joint-venture is three wines, each from a premium region of Spain. Rueda: famous for producing aromatic, full-bodied, yet soft white wines from the Verdejo grape; Ribera del Duero: a predominantly red wine producing region, using mainly Tempranillo although other varieties such as Merlot are often included in the blend, and Rioja, which produces reds often from 100% Tempranillo.