THE ESSENCE OF SPAIN
“Ours is a collaboration between two cultures, France and Spain, with one vision: to create elegant wines that offer the quality and value, depth and breadth of what Spain can offer to the world,” - Javier Galarreta
A Marriage of Two Cultures
According to Javier Galarreta, the Rolland & Galarreta range is the result of “a dialogue between two cultures”. The two partners are a perfect fit, with Michel Rolland bringing his wealth of fine winemaking experience, and Javier Galarreta supplying his knowledge of top Spanish vineyards and his access to international markets.
Michel Rolland is a firm believer that fine wine can only be made from high quality grapes grown in vineyards that bestow a sense of place. Rolland & Galaretta’s old vine Verdejo is sourced from vineyards at 700 metres altitude surrounding the village of La Seca. The poor rocky soils here are laced with pockets of limestone that impart lovely minerality and freshness to the wine. The grapes for Rolland & Galarreta’s Ribera del Duero and Rioja cuvées are also grown at high altitudes, where varying micro-climates bring balance and complexity.
Rolland & Galarreta employ precision viticulture techniques in many of the vineyards from which their grapes are sourced. This practice consists of carefully monitoring vine health, soil conditions, and weather patterns to ensure that each intervention (such as treating against pests and diseases, pruning, applying fertilizers, determining harvest dates) is performed optimally. State-of-the-art technology like GPS, weather stations, and soil sensors are used. These tools allow them to reduce the impact of climate change, improve soil vitality, and lower their carbon footprint. Moreover, the aromatic and flavour complexity of their grapes has significantly increased using these methods.
Rolland & Galarreta strive not only to craft top quality Spanish wine reflective of their roots, but also to ensure that they appeal to wine lovers around the globe. Their mission is to make wine to “travel the world and conquer palates”. The Rolland & Galarreta range is seductive, with vibrant fruit, great structure, and a rounded mouthfeel