A camping trip around Europe in 2009 led us to the medieval town of Lienz in Austria, overlooked by the snow-capped mountains of Tyrol. Here, we stumbled upon a tiny wine bar, which was packed with interesting wines. The food selection to accompany the wines was very basic, artisan cheese and cured meats. So simple and yet, what more could you want?
This trip symbolised our first serious conversation on the possibility of owning and running our very own wine bar. Five years on, we fulfilled our dream and created ‘Wine Industry, Vinoteca y Picoteo’ in the thriving area of Santa Catalina, Palma de Mallorca.
With more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and his combination of professionalism, enthusiasm and language skills, it seemed only right for Ivan to take control of ‘the front of house’; whilst my role was much more centred around the kitchen and creative elements of the business.
As our wine bar business evolved and we learnt to adapt to the needs of our customers, we became increasingly aware that our loyal clients continued to return to our cosy bar because of our approachable nature, our down to earth attitude and our willingness to share our passion and knowledge of the wines we sourced. The homemade tortilla may have had a small influence as well!
Our reputation steadily grew and Wine Industry became a popular venue for good quality, lesser known wines as well as simple, homemade tapas and sharing platters at fair prices.
Four and a half years on, we now feel the time is right to diversify and re-shape our business model so that we can become more flexible and connect more easily with you.
In order to be able to do this, we decided to sell the wine bar and give ourselves the freedom to push our business in this new direction.
We will now concentrate on the distribution of quality wines from less renowned bodegas as well as a selection of Mallorcan wines that we feel represent the exceptional quality that can be found on the island. If you have previously visited our wine bar you may recognise some of the names we will be continuing to work with.
If you have a business in Mallorca and you feel your current wine list could do with a “facelift”, we would be more than happy to introduce you to our wine collection.
In addition to distribution we will also be offering wine tasting experiences, which can be booked for a group of four or more people or as a complement to an event you are planning.
The idea behind the experiences is to connect with you on a more personal basis and give you the opportunity to taste wines you may not have tried before, whilst allowing us to share our passion for wines with you. What is more, this can all be arranged to take place from the comfort of your home, your holiday finca, your business or on your boat.
At the moment we are offering a choice of nine different wine tasting experiences but we can also put together bespoke experiences if you have a specific theme in mind.
We are also keen to collaborate with any other businesses who are interested in hosting wine tasting experiences in your chosen venue.
Our collection of wines will be available to anyone who wishes to be a part of our passion, be it a business or individual clients.
Ivan Gonzalez Gainza & Lara Corfield
0034 971 902 179