Last December we had the distinct pleasure of visiting with Viña Extremeña. We were there for a 1-hour business meeting with Manuel Perreira Lozano, National Director of Commerce, and Cesar Moran Perchan, Manager of Exports.
Our hosts were amazingly kind and gracious. When our meeting ended they insisted on taking us for a tour. Long story short, we ended up staying most of the afternoon!
We highly recommend Viña Extremeña’s wines, that goes without saying. But after such a memorable day at their offices we also encourage anybody visiting the Almendralejo area near Badajos to stop by and tour this wonderful winery.
Driving up to their facilities you’ll pass through extensive gardens in the front area, and once inside you’ll find another large garden in the courtyard.
First off we saw several of the cavernous cellars where their Tentudia and Corte Real Platinum brands rest for several years before they’re ready for tasting.
Viña Extremeña deliberately associates itself with art, and a fine collection of Miro, Picasso and Dali works from the 50’s and 60’s hangs on the walls, visibly guarded by an alarm system. They also are patrons of local artists such as Vito Cano, with an entire room dedicated to these works.
There are a few notable curiosities as well, such as a bull by Jon Fulton, an American artist from Philadelphia who lived most of his life in Seville. Jon Fulton became known as Spain’s first American matador and competed (even competently) in the 60’s and 70’s. Interestingly, his paintings typically depict the bulls he personally fought in the ring, sometimes painted with the actual blood of the deceased animal. A rather peculiar celebration of his own exploits (and the bull’s misfortune), to say the least.
The latter half of our tour focused on the historical aspects of Viña Extremeña. Impressive portraits of family patriarchs point the way to an executive board room, an intimate setting that looks more like a study but is actually the place where the winery’s key decisions are made.
Finally we saw the awards salon, where many dozens of plaques, awards and commemoratives hang on the walls. It’s quite impressive: one would think there’s over a hundred years of awards on display seeing how many there are, but it actually covers about a 30 year span. You don’t earn this many accolades in such a short time by being average, that’s for sure.
We’re incredibly grateful to Mr. Lozano and Mr. Perchan for spending so much time with us, and we look forward to our next meeting in early 2014.