Abanico is a project developed by Rafael De Haan and Nuria Altes. Having met in the wine trade (Rafael exported Nuria´s wine), they have formed a close partnership to select the best wines that Spain has to offer. Upon moving to Barcelona in 2001, he saw the great potential in Spanish wine that was yet unrealised on the international markets and began learning as much as he could about the regions, grapes and people involved. In 2006, Rafael set-up Abanico with his partner, Núria Altès .They look to the native grape varieties and the incredible regional variety of Spain to keep the range of wines diverse and interesting.
They partner talented winemakers capable of expressing this extraordinary diversity and delivering the authentic character of place and variety. Spain is blessed with a host of unique grape varieties, the most famous variety is Tempranillo, but recently some fascinating varieties from the north west of Spain: Godello from Monterrei, Albariño from Rias Baixas, Mencia from Bierzo, have begun to grab attention. Abanico Wines will preserve the essence of this regional character, but we will also ensure that the wines are suitable for the contemporary, international market. The focus is always on clean, pure expression of fruit, as they believe the grapes to be the best conduit of terroir and tradition. Barrel ageing is a secondary consideration and should never dominate the wine.