Spanish Soccer Star Andres Iniesta’s Wines Are on the Move
Spanish Soccer Star Andres Iniesta’s Wines Are on the Move. Have you been watching the Euro Cup? We know soccer and wine is a great pairing, so more news of wine-loving soccer players is cheering us in these dark days of surprise upsets. (We’re looking at you, England. And France. And Germany. And Italy. And Spain). Fans in the U.K. can soon enjoy some cross-cultural sportsmanship with a glass of Corazó Loco. That’s one of Spain midfielder Andrés Iniesta’s personal wine labels, which will be available in England starting in November.
In the Begining
Iniesta started his winery, Bodegas Iniesta, in 2010. Soon after scoring the extra-time corner kick that won Spain its first World Cup championship. The winery had been a long time coming: His family owned 25 acres of vineyards for two generations. But at age 16, Iniesta used the money from his first soccer contract to increase the family’s holdings to 740 acres. Smart kid!
“Andrés does whatever it takes to promote his wines and support the rural economy of Fuentealbilla, his village,” Iniesta export manager Carlos Fernandez told Unfiltered. “His [soccer] victories are part of our philosophy.”
Iniesta’s wines are already available in countries like China, Germany and Mexico. The next step is the U.S. “In the U.S., after long hours of working in such a difficult but big market, three of our most famous wines are being registered by the FDA through LAPHAM Imports,” said Fernandez. “We can count on two positive assets: La Manchuela, which is a new region to explore with wonderful wines, and the support of the world’s football stars.” So what are Iniesta’s favorite wines?. An old-vine Bobal called Paolo Andrea, and an oak-aged Chardonnay, Valeria, both named for his children.
Iniesta’s wines are elaborated in denomination of orign of Manchuela, a little region in La Mancha in Spain.