El Gringo wine, the good dark red tempranillo wine with a legend taken from the spaghetti western, from the United States to Spain

EVERY GOOD WINE HAS ITS LEGEND. DISCOVER THE STORY OF EL GRINGO

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The young wine El Gringo tells the story of a trip from the United States to Spain.

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Discover who El Gringo is and the story behind the Dark Red Tempranillo wine by Hammeken Cellars and the spaghetti Westerns
El Gringo

He was famous for being the “the Western extra of a thousand faces”.

This American actor, a living example of the perennial extra, disappeared from US screens overnight, never to return. A huge aura of mystery surrounds his story. Tongue-waggers say that he was the victim of evil deeds, while others simply say that he travelled to Spain and stayed there for love. In the United States, the only thing known about his whereabouts is confirmed in an actor’s note found in his flat the day he disappeared. It was a Spanish spaghetti Western, “Indian Troubles”, where he played the cowboy “Outsider Bill”. And the legend sprang up at that very moment.

Gringo, -ga. Etym. unknown: “foreigners who speak unintelligible languages”. Today it is a term used by Spanish speakers to colloquially refer to foreigners from the US living in their country.

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El Gringo wine | Chapter 1: Taxi Driver and the incident that made little Johnny hide behind a western character

Little Johnny always wanted to be a star, but after a failed attempt in the world of rock music, he had to find a new job to pay the rent. So, he became the errand boy for a large film producer in the Big Apple.

Being a “production assistant” in B movies was a very respectable profession, although a bit dangerous. And one fine autumn day, he witnessed something he shouldn’t have in Chinatown, on 97th Street in the Bowery to be exact, specifically in the Karaoke bar owned by Mr. Chang.

At that very moment, poor Johnny had two epiphanies. The first is that that karaoke bar could no longer be the main setting of “K-Pop Dragons”, and the second was that he would be wise to keep his mouth shut and run and hide somewhere they’d never find him.

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El Gringo wine | Chapter 2: Catch me if you can, when Johnny became the thousand-faced figurant and went away

He and his boss came up with a master plan. He would hide behind the role of extras in his films. He would take on their identity and live anonymously, staying in roadside motels, and live happily ever after. This is how the shy Johnny turned into the charismatic “Hurricane Jones”, the extra with a thousand faces.

Everything went smoothly at first. He played roles with no hitches, went unnoticed in the credits and nobody even remembered the boy who used to hand out coffee on film sets anymore. But the calm always comes after the storm, and it lasted until the rain came back. One phrase, one miserable phrase catapulted him to stardom: “Hey bandit, go back to where you came from” became a meme, a trending topic, a challenge, an Instagram filter…

And good old Johnny had to flee fame in the most unexpected of places.

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The Gringo | Chapter 3, when Jhonny flees to Spain and becomes an American in Tabernas (Almería) and a good wine
An American in…TABERNAS. That’s where he ended up. A tiny, sunny town in Almería where the best spaghetti Western scenes in history had been shot. There was no doubt that this was the best place to hide and seek new acting opportunities. Who knows? He may have even been the driving force behind the new genre called the “New Age Spaghetti Western”.

What awaited him was the most authentic Western set every created, the place concealed by the huge desert of Almería, whose name (which means “Taverns”) couldn’t be more perfect for the genre. But he wondered, what were the people like?

Not even in his wildest dreams could he have imagined such a warm welcome. And not only because of the thermometer reading that day (40ºCº!) but also because of the warmth of the locals. The entire village was holding banners welcoming the film crew, and three words sufficed to make Johnny feel at home: “AMERICANS WELCOME HOME”.


Discover more about the village of Tabernas.

It was the mecca of spaghetti Westerns during their heyday in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. This tiny village in Almería, wrapped in the Tabernas desert, was known around the world as the “Spanish Hollywood” since it had one of the most prestigious Western production studios. Its famous Fort Bravo – Texas Hollywood studio painstakingly reproduced the landscapes of the Far West, making them part of the scenery in over 300 films. The celebrities that set foot there include the Italian director Sergio Leone, who filmed the most mythical trilogy with Clint Eastwood:

Tabernas (Almería) the town that contains the most famous desert in the spaghetti western

“A Fistful of Dollars”, “For a Few Dollars More” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. That was how Tabernas became famous and featured in major Western productions, as well as films in other genres like “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Cleopatra”, “Conan the Barbarian” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”.

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The Gringo | chapter 4, when Jhonny lives in the wild, wild, west spanish and in Tabernas they create the dark red tempranillo wine

Johnny had been living in the wild, wild Spanish West for over 4 years. Ever since his debut in spaghetti Westerns, he had garnered critical respect and been given a star in the famous “Spanish Hollywood” Walk of Fame.

We’ve seen him morph into Bad Clay, the canny bartender at the saloon; Tennessee James, the most sought-after outlaw in the desert; and Jack the Avenger, the evil sheriff of El Paso. Because of his numerous Western roles, good old Johnny D Jones is known in Tabernas as “El Gringo”, although in the taverns, too. He usually sits with his glass of wine to make friends on the terrace of “Rincón Andaluz”, so much that he’s now famous among the townspeople and they’ve created a bottle of dark red Tempranillo in his honour (with a screw-top, the way he likes it). So now everyone can toast together under the sun with a plate of delicious “hamon”.

And for folks who are wondering, those fellows never did figure out his whereabouts. Maybe they never pursued him, or maybe they never even saw him. But that’s another story.

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El Gringo chapter 2 of the history of wine, Discover the history of El Gringo as a spaghetti western actor in Spain
El Gringo chapter 3, story of a wine inspired by the Tabernas (Almería), the Spanish western spaghetti desert
El Gringo capítulo 4: la historia del vino tempranillo inspirado por el mejor actor de western americano llamado El Gringo
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El Gringo is a young and early-sourced Tempranillo wine from La Mancha, with the mild flavor of Tempranillo or Cencibel grapes

THAT WAS THE SENTENCE THAT CATAPULTED HIM TO FAME AND WENT VIRAL: MEMES, TRENDING TROPIC, CHALLENGES, TRAP SONGS, INSTAGRAM FILTER. THERE WAS NOWHERE YOU COULDN’T SEE GOOD OLD JOHNNY”

– M. BAYERS (EL JEFE)

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Discover Chapter 1 of El Gringo wine, Taxi Driver, when little Johnny went from coffee boy to western actor

Little Johnny always wanted to be a star, but after a failed attempt in the world of rock music, he had to find a new job to pay the rent. So, he became the errand boy for a large film producer in the Big Apple.

Being a “production assistant” in B movies was a very respectable profession, although a bit dangerous. And one fine autumn day, he witnessed something he shouldn’t have in Chinatown, on 97th Street in the Bowery to be exact, specifically in the Karaoke bar owned by Mr. Chang.

At that very moment, poor Johnny had two epiphanies. The first is that that karaoke bar could no longer be the main setting of “K-Pop Dragons”, and the second was that he would be wise to keep his mouth shut and run and hide somewhere they’d never find him.

Meet Chapter 2, Catch Me If You Can. When the legend of El Gringo is born that catapulted him to fame as an actor and good wine

He and his boss came up with a master plan. He would hide behind the role of extras in his films. He would take on their identity and live anonymously, staying in roadside motels, and live happily ever after. This is how the shy Johnny turned into the charismatic “Hurricane Jones”, the extra with a thousand faces.

Everything went smoothly at first. He played roles with no hitches, went unnoticed in the credits and nobody even remembered the boy who used to hand out coffee on film sets anymore. But the calm always comes after the storm, and it lasted until the rain came back. One phrase, one miserable phrase catapulted him to stardom: “Hey bandit, go back to where you came from” became a meme, a trending topic, a challenge, an Instagram filter…

And good old Johnny had to flee fame in the most unexpected of places.

Read Chapter 3, An American in Tabernas (Almería) and our protagonist becomes the character of the wine El Gringo

An American in…TABERNAS. That’s where he ended up. A tiny, sunny town in Almería where the best spaghetti Western scenes in history had been shot. There was no doubt that this was the best place to hide and seek new acting opportunities. Who knows? He may have even been the driving force behind the new genre called the “New Age Spaghetti Western”.

What awaited him was the most authentic Western set every created, the place concealed by the huge desert of Almería, whose name (which means “Taverns”) couldn’t be more perfect for the genre. But he wondered, what were the people like?

Not even in his wildest dreams could he have imagined such a warm welcome. And not only because of the thermometer reading that day (40ºCº!) but also because of the warmth of the locals. The entire village was holding banners welcoming the film crew, and three words sufficed to make Johnny feel at home: “AMERICANS WELCOME HOME”.


Discover more about the village of Tabernas.

It was the mecca of spaghetti Westerns during their heyday in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. This tiny village in Almería, wrapped in the Tabernas desert, was known around the world as the “Spanish Hollywood” since it had one of the most prestigious Western production studios. Its famous Fort Bravo – Texas Hollywood studio painstakingly reproduced the landscapes of the Far West, making them part of the scenery in over 300 films. The celebrities that set foot there include the Italian director Sergio Leone, who filmed the most mythical trilogy with Clint Eastwood:

Discover the Tabernas, western stage and town of the wild west with the best wine, El Gringo de Hammeken Cellars

“A Fistful of Dollars”, “For a Few Dollars More” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. That was how Tabernas became famous and featured in major Western productions, as well as films in other genres like “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Cleopatra”, “Conan the Barbarian” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”.

El Gringo | Capítulo 4: wild, wild, west, cuando nace el vino dark red tempranillo para acompañar un buen jamón

Johnny had been living in the wild, wild Spanish West for over 4 years. Ever since his debut in spaghetti Westerns, he had garnered critical respect and been given a star in the famous “Spanish Hollywood” Walk of Fame.

We’ve seen him morph into Bad Clay, the canny bartender at the saloon; Tennessee James, the most sought-after outlaw in the desert; and Jack the Avenger, the evil sheriff of El Paso. Because of his numerous Western roles, good old Johnny D Jones is known in Tabernas as “El Gringo”, although in the taverns, too. He usually sits with his glass of wine to make friends on the terrace of “Rincón Andaluz”, so much that he’s now famous among the townspeople and they’ve created a bottle of dark red Tempranillo in his honour (with a screw-top, the way he likes it). So now everyone can toast together under the sun with a plate of delicious “hamon”.

And for folks who are wondering, those fellows never did figure out his whereabouts. Maybe they never pursued him, or maybe they never even saw him. But that’s another story.

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El Gringo: "Hey, bandit, go back to where you came from" was the phrase that went viral and catapulted this cowboy to fame

THAT WAS THE SENTENCE THAT CATAPULTED HIM TO FAME AND WENT VIRAL: MEMES, TRENDING TROPIC, CHALLENGES, TRAP SONGS, INSTAGRAM FILTER. THERE WAS NOWHERE YOU COULDN’T SEE GOOD OLD JOHNNY”

– M. BAYERS (EL JEFE)

The wine

The Dark Red Tempranillo wine is authentic, free, bold, youthful and will never cease to surprise you. Just like El Gringo himself, who travelled half the world to experience a thousand adventures.

The grape

Its Tempranillo grape is a local red grape variety also known as Cencibel. This is the source of the wine’s deep ruby-purple colour, just like the sunsets over Tabernas deserts.

The scent

Its scent will spirit you away to the sunny landscapes of the Wild West with clean aromas featuring black cherries, strawberries, roasted coffee beans and chocolate.

The Spirit

Its free spirit is due to its origin, the Tierra de Castilla (south of Spain’s central plateau), where the grapevines are planted on plains and rolling hills between 500 and 1,000 metres above sea level and their leaves rustle in the wind.

The personality

You can appreciate its strong personality in its nuances. When you taste it, you can reminisce mild flavours of berries, and hints of vanilla and milk chocolate notes. Well rounded, with a long finish.

The wine

The Dark Red Tempranillo wine is authentic, free, bold, youthful and will never cease to surprise you. Just like El Gringo himself, who travelled half the world to experience a thousand adventures.

The grape

Its Tempranillo grape is a local red grape variety also known as Cencibel. This is the source of the wine’s deep ruby-purple colour, just like the sunsets over Tabernas deserts.

The scent

Its scent will spirit you away to the sunny landscapes of the Wild West with clean aromas featuring black cherries, strawberries, roasted coffee beans and chocolate.

The bottle of red wine tempranillo El Gringo, a young wine with a clean aroma and ruby color - deep purple

The spirit

Its free spirit is due to its origin, the Tierra de Castilla (south of Spain’s central plateau), where the grapevines are planted on plains and rolling hills between 500 and 1,000 metres above sea level and their leaves rustle in the wind.

The personality

You can appreciate its strong personality in its nuances. When you taste it, you can reminisce mild flavours of berries, and hints of vanilla and milk chocolate notes. Well rounded, with a long finish.

El Gringo, wine taken from the spaguetti western cinema and the best flavor of the Tempranillo grape from Castilla La Mancha, D.O Spain
El Gringo, red wine from La Mancha to dine with friends, watch western movies, taste wine before going out to dance on a Saturday night

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