We are a small importer of wine from Spain’s high quality, smaller producers. After a long association with Spanish culture in Melbourne, we traveled to Spain in 2001 and proceeded to fall in love with the people and culture, as well as the food and drink of Spain. We've been scrimping and saving to get back to Spain as often as possible ever since. We’ve done the Spanish lessons and flamenco classes, we’ve learnt to cook the Spanish classics, and we’ve made many friends in Spain’s wine regions along the way. We've been eating and drinking our way through Spain for 10 years now.
On the back of all this, Dave started Tinto y Blanco, a blog reviewing Spanish wine, in 2006 and in the process we’ve tasted thousands of Spanish wines from all of the major, and most of the minor, wine regions of Spain.
In our travels we've crossed paths with a number of producers that are far from household names in their home country, they've definitely never had their wines imported to Australia, but they are sought out by serious wine lovers in Spain and around the world.
I mentioned that we’re small, and in everything but personality, our producers are too. Of our initial two bodegas in La Rioja, one produces only 7,500 bottles in total. The other produces around 50,000 bottles a year. That might sound like a lot, but with the average production of in Rioja being 10 times that amount these guys are tiny. Some of these wines might have a production level of 1 or two barrels only, so only tiny quantities will be available.
So, if you’re looking for something a little different to spice up your retail shelves or wine list at a competitive price, give us a call and we can help plug the gap with something tasty from Spain’s small guys.
Mel and Dave Worthington
What we do
Like a lot of people, we believe that wine is best made in the vineyard, yet that wine has to have the mark of it’s maker subtly stamped into the wine’s personality. Basically, we look for that vineyard Jedi who can produce amazing fruit and not overwork it in the winery. They might make organic wine, maybe even biodynamic, but they will be using traditional farming practices in their dry grown vineyards. Regardless, these are the guys that know what each vine needs to produce the best possible wine given their regions, vines, soils and weather even in the most challenging of vintages.
But most importantly, we like the small guys. We tend to buy our personal wine in Australia and elsewhere from small producers with passion and energy. These are producers that are at the heart of a dynamic wine region, they can take calculated risks, concentrate on quality, experiment and make some of the most exciting and satisfying wines around. We don't rule out larger producers, there are lots of excellent large producers, and we might import wine from the bigger guys at some stage, but they do need to have the same passion and quality focused, master craftsmans approach to making wine that a small producer has.
What we don't want is wine that people can't afford to buy, drink and enjoy. We've cut out the middle men, worked directly with the producers and done our homework on shipping so we can price the wines to offer the best possible value.
While we keep overheads as low as possible, one area that we never skimp on is shipping and storage. To make sure we get these wines to you in the best possible shape, we ship and store all of our wines at 14 degrees from the bodega’s back door to our refrigerated warehouse in Melbourne.