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Visiting Barcelona? Check Out A Brand Spanking New Wine Shop!

A few weeks ago, a friend of ours gave us the skinny on a new wine shop in Barcelona called, Neyras Vins. Located on Calle Laietana, a short jaunt from the famous Barcelona Cathedral, it is a cozy and comfortable space that welcomes both tourists and residents alike.

It’s owner, Antonio Gomez Neyra, is also the owner of Restaurante Neyras, founded back in 1989. Albeit not an ancient restaurant by European standards, it has gained a solid reputation as a high-end seafood and wine establishment. Consequently, the creation of a wine shop two doors down from his restaurant seemed like an easy investment when your customers continually inquire about your fine Spanish wines. Unfortunately, as of yet, one cannot meander over to the Neyras Vins and pick out a bottle of wine to pair with your meal, but we’re hopeful this policy will change in the future.

What makes Neyras Vins unique is that its manager, Juan Manuel Gonzalvo, prides himself on actively seeking out a personal relationship with their producers, over 90% of which are Spanish. Many of these producers can also be read about on his blog Y Vinos, a point of pride and joy for Juan Manuel, as its creation came well before that of the store. However, there is not relationship between the blog and the store. Neyras Vins, sadly, does not have a website as of yet, but we’re hoping this will also change in the near future, and if we’re all lucky it will be blog based.

Neyras Vins is well organized, designed, and most importantly, affordable. Constructed primarily of wood, with bottles organized by regions, and plenty of wide open space to peruse while sipping on wines open and available to the customer, its a great little shop worthy of checking out. And if for whatever strange reason, you’re in the mood for a Japanese scotch (fun Japanese whiskey site!) or an exotic Tequila, while in Spain, you don’t have to look any further, as their glass case is stocked with a variety of liquors from around the world.

During our visit, we also had the opportunity to learn about a new producer, Heretat Montrubi located in the Alt Penedes. We tried two of their wines, one of which was an incredible sweet wine made with 73% Xarel.lo and 23% Parellada. The 2006 Advent is claimed to be the first ever sweet wine made with Xarel.lo. What’s more is that this wine is made in a very similar way Pedro Ximenez, where the bunches are individually hung from metal wires to naturally dehydrate over the course of 75 days. The grapes are then pressed, fermented at a low temperature with a specific yeast, and finally, placed in two 225 oak barrels where they finish off their fermentation for 11 months on lees. This process results in a delicate and radiant golden color with a lovely and bizarre range of aromas including: cereal, honeycomb, orange zest and a touch of white, mature fruit. In the mouth, the wine shows incredible acidity, medium body and a nice, lingering finish full of honey, lemon custard and raw nuts. And as if this sweet wine wasn’t interesting enough, we also experienced the 2004 Gaintus, an incredibly unique wine made exclusively from Sumoll! This is a rarity, and one clearly highlighted by the winery as, “the first single variety wine from the Sumoll grape”.

If you are in Barcelona, stop by and say hello from Catavino, and please share your impressions of the Neyras Vins here on our site.

Additionally, I’d be interested to know your thoughts as to whether retail stores need an online presence, and if so, how? How do you find a wine shop when you’re traveling to a new country, and what is the criteria that helps you decide if you want to swing by and check out a wine shop?

Saludos,

Gabriella Opaz

Neyrus Vins
Via Laietana 41 (Esq. Joaquim Pou. 2)
08003 Barcelona
Phone: +34 93 301 30 35
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  • Juan Manuel

    A partir de vuestra visita, hemos decidido un nuevo servicio: Elija cualquier vino de Neyras Vins y disfrute en Restaurant Neyras por solo 10€ en concepto de servicio… Gracias por todo amigos. Os espero de nuevo cuando queráis

  • Arch Bell

    This article brings up two interesting points. First, I think most consumers do prefer their retail shop of choice to have a website. This helps keep them abreast of future events like tastings or any sales or specials going on. It creates another level of intimacy between the customer and shop because those of us who love their wine depend on their shop's expertise. As far as looking for wine shops in a foreign country, I try to avoid seeking out one in particular. One of the best things about traveling is a 'go with the flow' attitude so often, the best shops or places to eat, are the ones you are not even looking for in the first place!

  • Gabriella Opaz

    Thanks Juan Manuel for letting us know that Neryas Vins has a new service that allows customers of the Neyrus Restaurant to buy any wine available in the shop for only 10 euros to pair with their meal.

  • Wilj

    To clarify, Neyras Restaurant will charge a €10 corkage/service fee for any wine bought from Neyrus Vins. At first glance I read Gabriella’s comment as “any wine in the shop for €10″ – Finca Dofi? Mas Doix? Yes please!

    Juan Manuel, si algun dia decides probar la promocion “cualquier vino en la bodega a €10″, por favor avisame!

  • Wilj

    To clarify, Neyras Restaurant will charge a €10 corkage/service fee for any wine bought from Neyrus Vins. At first glance I read Gabriella's comment as “any wine in the shop for €10″ – Finca Dofi? Mas Doix? Yes please!Juan Manuel, si algun dia decides probar la promocion “cualquier vino en la bodega a €10″, por favor avisame!

  • gabriellaopaz

    Thanks for clarifying my comment. Clearly it was needed ;-)

  • http://www.ourwinestory.com Dylan

    Gabriella,I think it's critical that retail stores carry an online presence. There's a certain consumer pyschology that has emerged over the past decade; people research their shopping online and buy on the spot and others bring their options down to a select few and then enter the physical store with those items in mind.It's my belief additional points of contact bring ease to the shopper's purchasing journey and allay sentiments of post-purchase regret. Any way a retail store can create said points of contact is a worthwhile investment.

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