Spain is known for its quality and selection of home grown wines to suit every palette however a small farming community in the north of Spain has set itself apart and captured the imagination of the world.
Las Pedroñeras in the Spanish province of Cuenca is home to Hilario García, renowned winemaker and producer of some of the highest quality grapes in the country.
A bottle of Aurum Red from the Garcia vineyards can set you back up to €25,000, whilst the range of bespoke wines start at €1,250.
Only 300 bottles of the top end wine are produced every year, of which 150 are put up for sale at around €4,000. Each bottle is hand delivered and comes with its own individual serial number and a label containing 18 carat gold stamp.
Garcia puts the majority of price down to his ingenious cultivation methods. In 2005 Garcia miraculously cured of severe spinal stenosis by using “Ozone treatment”. He started to apply the same process to his vineyard, injecting high levels of oxygen into the irrigation system.
He soon noticed the quality and the growth of the grapes increased tenfold. He also noticed the oxygen had tremendous anti-bacterial properties, keeping pest levels completely down.
Garcia lives and breathes his vineyard, and insists on working his 12 acre plot alone to ensure that the grapes get the best treatment and “energy” from picking.
“Personal energy can be transmitted to the vines and the wine,” García said. “That’s why I want only my energy to be an influence. I work in the vineyard alone, I work in the winery alone. I don’t want the possible negative energies of others to have any effect on the wine.”
Despite the obvious benefits from being known as having the world’s most expensive wine, Garcia maintains that he does it for his passion for the wine.
“I’m dedicated to the wine. My dreams are inside that bottle,” he said. “The price of the wine is what matters to me the least.”