Andres Iniesta moved to Japan recently to ply his trade with Vissel Kobe, a Japanese outfit. This was after months of speculation suggesting the Chinese Super League as his preferred destination. But, behind his exploits on the soccer field, the ex-Barcelona star has interests in the Spanish wine industry and has his own brand called ‘Iniesta Bodega.’
Among the products in the Iniesta Bodega line, are both red and white wine, as well as oils. Some of the popular brands from Iniesta Bodega include Corazon Loco, Finca El Carril, and Minuto 116. This last one commemorates his winning goal in the 2010 World cup, in the 116th minute.
Several reports indicate that his choice for the East was not because of the lucrative packages Chinese and Japanese clubs are pouring out. The accomplished star Iniesta signed for Japan to expand his wine empire, now that competition is stiff in Spain, and the East is an excellent market for Spanish cuisine. His wine empire has flourished, and it was time to step out of Spain and show the world what he is made of.
While this may not be confirmed as true, several links point out that the Barcelona midfield maestro was targeting the East for business. A Chinese Super League club was reportedly willing to buy from him six million bottles if they got his signature. Unfortunately, they couldn’t agree for some reason, and he ended up in Japan. Reports suggest that as part of the deal with Vissel Kobe the league would advertise Iniesta’s wines.
Already, fans are loving him, and it won’t be business as usual when the Bodega Iniesta wine shipments start arriving in Japan. It is estimated that the company will be exporting over two million bottles to Japan alone. This disproves critics who lashed out at the 34-year old, for leaving a highly-rated team like Barcelona, for a Japanese club.