Profile of Miguel Torres Winery, Penedès
The Torres family has been cultivating their own vineyards in the beautiful, Mediterranean region of Penedès for the last 300 years. Jaime Torres the patriarch, established the family bodega in Vilafranca del Penedès more than 130 years ago. However, it wasn't until the 1970's when Torres' then most prestigious red wine, Mas La Plana, beat Chateau Latour at the Paris Wine Olympiad that Torres flew onto the world wine scene. Since then, it has become well known for its diversity. Sangre de Toro ("bull's blood") is one of the best value for money easy drinking reds in Spain. Pair that with the exvlusive, top end Mas La Plana (made from select Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from a single estate 29 ha vineyard), and you can really see the range. Wine varietals like Parellada, a principal ingredient in cava, were virtually unheard of to the average wine consumer before Torres created the Viña Sol brand, using 100% of this fantastic, indigenous Catalan grape. Wines from the Torres family are available in 115 countries worldwide and are found on wine lists of top restaurants and hotels virtually everywhere. It is today probably Spain's most successful winery and can be given much credit for the research and promotion of Catalonia's quality indigenous grape varieties. Miguel Torres was named by Decanter magazine last year as "Man of the Year". Apart from Spain, Torres also owns extremely successful family run wineries in California (Marimar Torres in Russian River) and Chile (Migel Torres Jr.).
D.O.: Penedès, Conca de Barberà
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