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Hispano+Suizas

What comes to mind when you hear the word glamour? Maybe a nice car? A Rolls-Royce? A true enthusiast may even recall the Hispano-Suiza, a luxury sedan that was the collaboration of a Spanish artillery captain and Swiss engineer, known in the early 20th century for its quality and innovation. It is this image that resonated with winemaker Pablo Ossorio, when thinking of a name for his own winery. “The concept sounds good: precision, tradition, quality and glamor. We wanted to create a story around that, ” he explains. And thus, Bodega Hispano+Suizas, the collaboration of Spanish and Swiss wine professionals, was born.

Hispano+Suizas benefits from not just one, but three accomplished professionals of the wine world. Pablo Ossorio, member of the committee of technology experts for the OIV (Organización Internacional de la Viña y el Vino); Rafael Navarro, viticulturist, and Marc Grin, winemaker; all with professional occupations outside Hispano Suizas. According to Ossorio, it has been the sum of the virtues of all three that has helped them achieve their success: “With the experience I bring after 17 years in Bodegas Murviedro, Marc’s experience in the business world and exporting, and Rafa’s experience of working the vineyard,” explains Ossorio, “success has come early.” What’s been the key? They say it’s a combination of their adaptability and understanding of the market; that some wine can be excellent for criticism but still not to the taste of future customers. “We thought about the market for a long time…what people want and not just critics, “says Ossorio.  Apparently, the critics don’t mind. Hispano+Suizas has landed a spot in La Semana Vitivinícola’s “cuadro de honor” for three consecutive years, with four of their wines being awarded an impressive 98 points in its 2016 Guia de Vinos. As well, all of their wines received more than 90 points by Spanish Sommelier and digital pioneer, Joaquín Parra in his WineUp Guide, 2015.

“We thought about the market for a long time…what people want and not just critics”

Bottles of Hispano Suizas Wine

The award winning Hispano+Suizas portfolio

With all of the success that the company has achieved, it might seem that Hispano+Suizas would be built on decades of tradition. But, in fact, they’ve only been in business in for 10 years, planting their first vines in 2,000 and entering the market just six years later. Today, they operate 61 hectares of vineyards, the majority of which lie in Requena, growing international varieties such as Chardonnay, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir, as well as the native grape, Bobal. Since obtaining grapes with complex flavors from the still relatively young vines is not easy, solid viticulture is at the heart of the project.   Every measure is taken; low density, low yields, meticulous leaf management, and hand harvesting during the cool mornings, all help ensure quality. For Ossorio, a veteran winemaker, it’s like “having the wisdom of an elder but with the youth of a 25 year old.”

The founders of Hispano+Suizas have indeed created their own story: “seek a common ground between partners and find music…Rafa plays clarinet, I play piano, and Marc is passionate about classical music. We decided that would be Hispano+Suizas’ great masterpiece and we started to work on different compositions: each would be a wine,” says Ossorio. After all the hard work and know-how, it seems the critics and public seem to agree, the results are as expected …a masterpiece.

by Sarah Bellver 

bottle cap view

Bottle cap view, Hispano+Suizas

Bassus Pinot Noir 2013:  19,50€
Quod Superius 2012:  Bobal, Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot36,50€ 
Tantum Ergo Chardonnay & Pinot Noir, Cava: 20,50€
Tantum Ergo Pinot Noir 2013: 20,50€

www.bodegashispanosuizas.com
Ctra. Nacional 322, Km 451.7, El Pontón, Valencia
962 34 93 70