Celebrating 25 years of fine Spanish wine
This year, ARAEX Grands celebrates 25 years of the unique and innovative wine business model by wine visionary and entrepreneur, Javier R. Galarreta
Using Bilbao as the gateway to Rioja Alavesa, over 100 customers from around 20 countries gathered at Azurmendi Restaurant for a welcome dinner at 3 Michelin starred restaurant led by Eneko Atxa. The group was honored with Basque traditional dance and then offered a special menu that went across the best of Eneko´s kitchen during also this 25 years of cooking. Menu was paired with the best of Araex Grands wine selection.
Next day in Rioja Alavesa, to celebrate the milestone in the company’s history, a wine tasting titled Raw & Ripe – curated wine list by Jose Peñin & David Schwarzwaelder. The special tasting was prepared to enjoy and discover some old vintages of Rioja versus some young new wines that will be released to the market soon.
The event came to its end at a gala ceremony that took place in Vitoria-Gasteiz where some friends and Araex customers were recognized their effort and collaboration during this 25 years.
About the origins
Back in 1993, ARAEX led by Javier Galarreta; brought together a group of winegrowers from Rioja Alavesa and later other important Spanish regions to join forces and market wines internationally.
In 2001, the firm achieved two major milestones: on one hand it was named Spain’s best export company by The Ministry of Agriculture; secondly, its founders decided to create a twin organization in order to incorporate other designations of origin and thus Spanish Fine Wines was established.
The firm continued making progress and in 2013, twenty years after it all began, we created The Grand Wines Premium, a division of the firm focused on innovation. The Grand Wines Premium also gives the opportunity to grow new product lines, such as Villa Conchi Cava and the international premium wine brand Rolland Galarreta.
Today, branded as ARAEX Grands Spanish Fine Wines, the firm is an exporter, grower and brand owner of internationally acclaimed Spanish wines now present in more than 70 countries. Araex is the leading group of independent Spanish winegrowers, with a sales volume of more than 11 million bottles in the international market.
This year marks its 25 year anniversary, where the Araex Grands team will celebrate a quarter of a century of dedication and a tremendous effort, and continue to improve and professionalize their leading export and production firm of Spanish premium wines.