García-Carrión: sustainability first
While much has changed in the 128 years since García-Carrión was founded, the company’s commitment to the environment and its customers has been constant.
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The team at García-Carrión tells db of the importance of sustainability: “Sustainability is a must for García-Carrión. Since our origins, we always try to work in order to have the minimum impact on our planet. There are several projects in which we demonstrate our commitment with sustainability.”
One aspect that has been pioneered is its production centre in Huelva. There are, as the team explains, three main goals: “Zero net emissions: the orange trees that surround the centre reduce the carbon dioxide of the atmosphere. Zero net water consumption: we reuse 100% of the water we consume to water our orange trees. Zero waste: We transform orange peels to make animal feed, essential oils or even a perfume.”
The first goal has also been made possible thanks to the company embracing clean energy: “From this year, all the energy we consume comes from 100% renewable sources. Moreover, García-Carrión is carrying a project of self-supply in all their productive centres in Spain. This means that each centre will have its own photovoltaic installation and will let us cover 30% of the energy we need to carry our processes with clean and renewable energy.”
Family values have also steered the company since its foundation in 1890: “Five generations after, our family values keep present in our day-by-day routine. We always have a confident relationship with our clients and give our best, always committed with our consumers and putting them in the centre of our business strategies, to ensure that our clients’ necessities are satisfied.”
“130 years of history and being present in more than 150 countries with our products give us knowledge and experience to know how to satisfy the demands of our consumers. Besides, we have created, over the years, a big portfolio in order to satisfy every demand or every interest of our consumers with our products: organic wines, alcohol-free wines, sparkling wines, etc.,” they continue.
As for plans for the future, García-Carrión is not resting on its vine leaves: “We hope to continue growing and we will work hard to make wine more and more appealing to young people. From a general point of view, international markets are having a positive behaviour in every channel —retail, food services and online—. We cannot forget that we are facing an international scenario marked by a very changing and dynamic performance when it comes to social and economic aspects. Therefore, we try to adapt our work dynamics to be agile and flexible, putting the consumer in the centre of our activity and our commitment.”
With over 100 brands across the world, including Pata Negra and Mayoral, the company’s portfolio has propelled it to the status of the fourth biggest winery in the world, selling to international markets across five continents.
Several of its wines were medallists at our recent Autumn Tasting:
BODEGA LA ERMITA TORO, 2018 – Gold
Dark and intense with plenty of blackberries and spices. Sweet roasted coconut flakes. Intense, wild and charming. Sweet red forest fruits, plenty of blueberries and blackberries, quite jammy, and long on the palate.
CAVA JAUME SERRA BRUT BOUQUET, NV – Gold
Pale fine bubbles. Crisp, chewy green apple with a chalky edge. Ample body: vibrant, supple acidity and gentle textural definition leading to a fresh, dry finish.
Adam Porter MW
VINA ARNAIZ ROBLE RIBERA DE DUERO, 2021 – Gold
A plush, inky, raisiny core with a raspberry edge. Fulsome, elevated, ripe but grippy tannins with a touch of rusticity, just moderate acidity, and a firm poised finish.
Adam Porter MW
PATA NEGRA S/SULFITOS JUMILLA, NV – Silver
Vibrant and juicy nose of wild berries, including plums and cherries. Rich and intense ripe and sweet red forest fruits. Earthy, with firm tannins and complex plum and morello cherry notes.
PATA NEGRA APASIONADO JUMILLA, NV – Silver
A stalky edge of burnished blackcurrant. Fulsome, building, dry tannins, just plush mid-palate, with elevated concentration and reasonable balance.
Adam Porter MW