During the past couple of weeks, I was one of the lucky bloggers who enjoyed the hospitality of the Costa Brava region in northeastern Spain, as part of the post TBEX conference activities. Since Costa Brava was selected by National Geographic as one of the Top Destinations in the World for 2012, my expectations were high and I was looking forward to experience what this region has to offer.
Part of our itinerary was wine tasting in Girona, at La Vinyeta, a small family owned vineyard in the heart of the Empordà region Now, after a few days of heavy wine and spirits consumption at TBEX I really wasn’t ready for any sort of wine tasting; but as owner Josep Serra started presenting La Vinyeta’s wine selection and explaining the origins of their concepts, I couldn’t resist.
Their signature wines (Heus, Llavors and Punt i Apart) are structured as if they were part of a unique story. From the starting “Once upon a time” for the Heus label, the freshest and youngest of their wines; which is produced in red, white and rosé varieties. Passing on to the Llavors (it can be translated as “then”), which signals an evolution after spending six months in oak casks. The story is completed with the distinct Punt i Apart (which translates to “full stop”); La Vinyeta’s flagship wine, and my definite favorite, which stays 13 months in oak casks.
Besides their great tasting wines, another aspect that sets La Vinyeta apart from other wineries is their superb design. The work of Lluís Serra, Josep’s brother, has been recognized for its originality in their packaging, logo design and the naming of their products. Every detail of their concept is well thought out and has a reason for being there, from start to finish, as the story goes.
As mentioned above, this visit was courtesy of TBEX and the Visit Costa Brava organization. However, all opinions and comments are strictly my own.