Goal! World class soccer player Andrés Iniesta now a winemaker

Monday, 07. November 2011 | 06:48 Uhr | R.KNOLL | WINE PRODUCERS
The first wine of Spanish super footballer and arguably the best midfielder in the world, Andres Iniesta, is now on the market (Photo: Якушкин Иван - Lobo)

SPAIN (Fuentealbilla) - Soccer and wine, does that go together? Yes and no. A Polish national soocer player was suspended last year because he ordered wine on a flight back from a soccer game. The English soccer legend George Best ("I spent a lot of money on alcohol, women and fast cars and the rest I wasted") died of liver failure in 2006. When the Bavarian soccer team FC Bayern won the Champions League 10 years ago, not only did the team drink champagne but also a 1982 Cheval Blanc. Paul Breitner, soccer world champion of 1974, remembers from his time with Real Madrid that not only wine was served at the dinners before a game, but also a Brandy was consumed as desert - suprisingly, everyone was playing really good that night.

Once they are not playing anymore, it seems very easy for soccer players to admit some things. Like Franz Beckenbauer, who admited that he likes  Grüner Veltliner from Austria (even at the Ball of wine, which is organized by the German classified wineries). When coach Louis van Gaal still worked for the FC Bayern, he never failed to mention the Spanish Rioja. What's quite unusual is that so many soccer players are fascinated with wine.

This has just come out, as the Spanish super player Andrés Iniesta recently came out with his wine. Experts know that he's the one who made Spain world champion with a quick goal right before the end of the game with Netherland. The midfield player is the head of the team Barcelona and he was mainly respnosible for the huge success of the Barca troup in the past few years. And now he's a winemaker too!

It was his father, José Antonio, who started this in the early 90s. Of course, back then he had no idea that his young boy Andrés (born in 1984) would one day be so wealthy that he could turn that building into a winery with 120 hectares of land in his hometown of Fuentealbilla in the region Manchuela. He is supposed to have invested a total of nine million euro so far. He made sure to grow autochtonous types like Tempranillo, Macabeo, Bobal and Graciano, but also international varieties like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Petit Verdot. The vines grow in approximately 800 meters in a dry climate that is warm in the summer and cool in the winter.

The winery has 120 acres. The estate is located in Fuentealbilla and the vineyards in the wine region Manuela (Photo: bodegainiesta.es)
Corazón logo - an ideal companion for all kinds of tapas, pasta, rice and grilled fish, accompanied by a mild sauce (Photo: bodegainiesta.es)

He is producing six wines total. Three with the label Finca el Carril, three with the label Corazón Loco, which also carry the name Iniesta. The first wine that was produced was the white Corazón from Verdeje, Sauvignon Blanc and Muskat. Although it is categorized as a new wine, it leaves us impressed and makes us wish for more. During a tasting you think the wine might have some of the inspiration that Iniesta got from his games. Once you taste the wine on your tongue you can feel the cheerfulness of the Barca game. In other words: this wine is simply fun! Maybe there is even a "father spirit" for the winemaker Iniesta? After all, it was a Louis van Gaal who first let this young talent play in his team FC Barcelona in 2002.

Not to forget: It was Wagners wine shop that discovered this nice wine for the Austrian and German market. The price is fairly affordable: 5.90 euro - this is a real deal with celebrity character. (r.knoll)

Find the Carazón Loco at: www.wagners-weinshop.com - More about the winery here: bodegainiesta.es

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