In 2015, we turn to another momentous 30th anniversary: the first export of Tinto Pesquera.
Alejandro Fernández had an idea what this event portended for his region and the rest of Spain. He took this photo of that first departure destined for Seattle and Portland in the Fall of 1985. Included was the great 1982, the first official vintage of the newly-formed D.O. Ribera del Duero.
Matt Kramer immediately recognized Pesquera’s significance with a glowing review in The Portland Oregonian. Robert Parker added his famous accolades, the European press following suit in a clamorous reaction that can only be described as one of the most phenomenal episodes witnessed by the world of wine during the 20th century.
Alejandro Fernández and Tinto Pesquera opened the curtains on the Duero River region and Tempranillo as a varietal—and to many others, Spain itself.
It has been our privilege to share this adventure with Alejandro from the start, opening the international markets while spreading the gospel among importers and journalists in America, Europe and Asia along the way.
The four estates of Grupo Pesquera are now sold in over 70 countries, but the US will always be Number One.