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Spanish Wine Pioneer: ​Jorge Ordoñez

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Jorge Ordoñez is one of the pioneers that orchestrated the growth of Spanish wine in the US. When Jorge first came to the US back in 1987, Spanish wines were considered flat, low quality and cheap. Jorge revered the wines of his homeland and began working to change that image. He first recognized that Spanish wine making itself needed revitalization: the traditional methods needed updating and cleanliness promoted. At the same time his goal was to preserve the wines' heritage and Spanish character. In order to do this, he realized he needed to control the supply chain from the ground up. His only property at the time was a Navarran winery called Gurpegui Muga. Over time Jorge built his portfolio and now owns or has an ownership stake in about two-thirds of the wines he brings in. 

He is often credited with introducing exotic wines like Albarino, Txakoli and Godello to the US market and also introducing regions like Ribera del Duero and Rias Baixas and lesser known regions like Jumilla, Calatayud and Montsant.

Victoria Ordoñez

The bodega Jorge Ordoñez was founded in 2004 with Jorge at the helm and his sister Victoria Ordoñez the general manager of the winery. Jorge has won several awards: he has been twice named one of 20 wine personalities of the year by Robert Parker, he was awarded The Golden Grape Award in 1997 by Food & Wine Magazine and was named the Luminary of the Year at the Nantucket Wine Festival in 2008.

Thanks to Jorge's vision, we can now enjoy a range of high quality and well made Spanish wine at very reasonable prices. Here are some of the Jorge Ordoñez we carry:

Bodegas Alto Moncayo Alto Moncayo 2011
95 WA Robert Parker | Grenache | Aragon, Spain

Bodegas Volver Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2011
91 WA Robert Parker | Tempranillo | La Mancha, Spain

Bodegas Breca Breca Garnacha Old Vines 2011
Grenache | Calatayud, Spain

Bodegas Avante Avante 2010
92 WA Robert Parker | Tempranillo | Ribera del Duero, Spain

Bodegas Volver Tarima Monastrell 2012
Monastrell | Jumilla, Spain

Jorge Ordonez Botani Sierras de Malaga Moscatel Seco 2012
90 WA Robert Parker | Muscat | Malaga, Spain

Bodegas Breca Garnacha de Fuego Old Vines 2012
Grenache | Calatayud, Spain

Jorge Ordonez & Co Victoria #2 2011
95 WA | Muscat Alexandria | Almachar, Spain

Jorge Ordonez Old Vines #3 2005
94 WA | Muscat Alexandria | Almachar, Spain

Jorge Ordonez Seleccion Especial #2 Victoria 2006
93 WA | Muscat Alexandria | Almachar, Spain

All images are sourced from jorgeordonez.es

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