This June my husband and I spent four memorable days touring the vineyards of Bodegas Torres in Catalonia, Spain. I’ve enjoyed Torres wines on numerous occasions and met Miguel A Torres, patriarch of the family, many times but there’s nothing quite like a firsthand experience, writes Reva K Singh, pictured, left, with Miguel A Torres and Bunty Singh
Bodegas Torres is a centuries old, independent, self-financed, family company with a global outlook that successfully combines both, tradition and innovation. Founded in 1870, it has a turnover of over €231 million and employs around 3,000 people worldwide with operations in Spain, Chile and California. The company produces 60 million bottles of wine and brandy a year and exports 70 to 75% of its production to more than 160 countries around the world. It may be said – without exaggeration – that Torres has introduced Spanish wines to the world. In India, Torres exports and distributes its highly rated wines through Prestige Wines and Spirits, a joint venture with Gautam Thapar of the Avantha Group.
During our trip we visited the Torres winery in Pacs del Penedès, which is one of the most advanced wineries in Europe, and three of Torres’s renowned single vineyards, Mas La Plana, Grans Muralles and Milmanda, as well as the Jean Leon winery and the Torres winery in Priorat. Each one in a stunning location is special in its own way, producing award-winning iconic wines as well as large volumes, but adhering always to best practices and aiming to be top of category.
Bodegas Torres is a company that also believes in giving back to society. Since 1986 it has actively collaborated in over 400 projects around the world, including India, through the Miguel Torres Foundation headed by Miguel’s wife, Waltraud Maczassek. Given the company’s professionalism, commitment to ecological and social causes, the size of the business and the personal, hands-on approach, Bodegas Torres towers above the rest. It is not surprising, therefore, that this year it was voted the most admired wine brand in the world.
Torres trumps them all!