This winery is a new project for Rafael de Haan and Nuria Altus in Vino de la Tierra de Castilla. They met in the wine trade and have formed a very close partnership based on the passion for the best Spanish wines. British born, Rafael studied history and Latin American Studies before joining the UK wine trade in 2000. As assistant buyer, a trip to visit wineries in Argentina and Chile convinced him that his place was near the vines, rather than a distant office. 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 2002, after having brokered the sale of his first pallet of wine to the UK, Rafael set up a small wine and tapas bar in Barcelona.
By 2005 the wine business became big enough for Rafael to sell his stake in the restaurant and set up Exportiberia as a fully constituted company. As for Nuria, having completed her studies in "Agrarian Exploitation" Núria’s first job was as production and "quality control" assistant in Celler Batea, the largest winery in Terra Alta. Nuria´s unwavering enthusiasm for the wines and the region of Terra Alta soon saw her promoted to head of sales and she wasted no time establishing her products in numerous international markets. Núria also remains as head of exports for Celler Batea. Bodegas Abanico was founded in 2006.