Antonio Banderas Debuts Line of Spanish Wines
He's no longer merely the voice of the Nasonex allergy-fighting bee. Actor Antonio Banderas is now the spokesman for Anta Banderas, a line of Spanish wines he introduced this weekend at the annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival in Florida.
Before heading to the Oscars in Los Angeles on Sunday, the actor, still hunky at 51, spent an hour on Saturday at Miami wine shop Sunset Corners, where he signed bottles and discussed his love of wine.
"I always wanted to produce my own wine, but it requires time that I do not have," Banderas tells our sister publication, Miami New Times. "Then I found Anta Project. Maximum quality vineyards and grapes, and ultimate technology in the 'bodega' (winery). I traveled with my family in 2008 and we loved the place and the team. The decision was made, it was a family winery, just what I was looking for."
The winery began production in 1999 under the name Anta Bodegas in Ribera del Duero, a popular growing region just north of Madrid known for producing Tempranillo. When Banderas joined in June 2009, the winery was renamed Anta Banderas. It currently consists of 235 acres of vineyard in two separate areas, one near the winery and one at nearly 2,800 feet above sea level.
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