Singapore | Nuria Altés, The Winemaker Behind Some of Our Favorite Spanish Wines

Recently we’ve been celebrating some of our favorite winemakers to help our loyal customers understand that we only sell bottles that we love made by producers that we trust.

It’s the perfect time to celebrate one of our favorite women in the wine world (and creator of some of our favorite Spanish wines). #InWineWeTrust

Nuria Altès & Rafael De Haan

Nuria Altès & Rafael De Haan

Nuria Altés made her career in wine through her work at Cellar Batea, the largest winery in the Terra Alta region (in fact, despite owning 50% of Bodegas Abanico, she still remains Head of Exports for the winery). Her family has been making wine in the Terra Alta region for generations, though. It’s her unwavering enthusiasm for the wines of her home that has in part motivated her in her journey to one of the more important names in modern Spanish wine. The Herencia Altés family winery produced the Altés Garnatxa Negra (S$ 39) that, if you’re a fan of our selection, you may have had a few sips of.

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This Garnatxa Negra is hand-harvested from vines ranging from very old to much younger in order to achieve complexity and balance. Here’s a description in Nuria’s own words:

“The legacy of a grandfather, somebody so important in my life, other ancestors too, that have passed on the pride of the land where I was born. Herència Altés is a homage to my roots and as such, the grapes come exclusively from the vineyards of Benufet, El Mas vell i Almudefer, which belong to my parents.”

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Nuria’s wines are created throughout Spain with a particular focus on lesser known wine regions like Catalonia and Galicia while still offering classics from more famous wine regions like Rioja and Ribera del Dero. Some of her finest work has also been done at Bodegas Abanico, which she founded with her partner Rafael de Haan. The 2012 vintage of the Hazaña Vinas Viejas from this winery was awarded a 92 by Robert Parker.

There you have it; for anyone with a love of Spanish wine or simply great wine made by exciting young wineries, the wines created by Núria and Rafael have to be on your list.

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The above wines created by Nuria Altés are available for instant delivery wherever you are in Singapore and Sentosa Island – to try them, download the BottlesXO app here