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.
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)