the spanish aquisition

About Us

Established in 2001, The Spanish Acquisition is a specialist importer and wholesale distributor of Spanish and Portuguese wines, spirits and beer.

TSA is owned and run by writer, educator and all-round wineguy, Scott Wasley. Observing a void, Scott set out to become Australia's first and resident expert in all things Spanish-and-wine. The birth of TSA coincided with the emergence of modern Spanish wine as a prominent feature of the international wine scene.

The portfolio
Today's portfolio represents The Spanish Acquisition team's selection of Spain and Portugal's best 40-odd producers.

Now, when we say Spain and Portugal's best, we do so with a caveat as to style of selection. Our wines are almost exclusively based on native Iberian varietals, avoiding the internationalising of Spain. We select wines which are both fruitful and authentically savoury and European - elegant, long, balanced, delicious wines are our go. Dried out super-traditional things don't get a look in here either.

Temperature controlled shipping
All of our wines are shipped in temperature-controlled containers at 13 degrees Celsius, meaning that the best wines of Spain+Portugal arrive in perfect condition, every time. Less than 5% of wine imported into Australia is afforded this respect!

Website pricing
This website suggests a recommended retail price. However, this is not definitive - the price you will pay is up to the many tiers and types of retailer out there; the prices listed here are in Australian dollars and indicative only.

Retail enquiries
As a wholesale business, TSA only distributes to retail outlets, restaurants and businesses with a Liquor License. We cannot sell directly to retail customers. Instead, we can work with you to establish what you'd like to purchase and either forward your order to the retailer of your choice, or make retail arrangements for you.

In the end you get exactly what you want - a case for the cellar; an exploration pack of single bottles on a theme; a tour of Spain dinner party selection; or a special bottle, whatever ... just by getting in touch with us via the Retail Query tab!

Wholesale enquiries
If you'd like to stock any of the Spanish or Portuguese wines listed within the pages of this site and your business (restaurant, retail outlet, hotel, etc) has a Liquor Licence, TSA can be contacted via the Wholesale Query tab. We'll respond by forwarding you a wholesale priced portfolio, an account application form and we'll include you on our database so you can receive regular updates from us.

Already buying from TSA?
If you are already a wholesale customer of ours, you can access a whole new world of TSA info - all of our tasting notes are now downloadable, and in addition to our regular updates, the News and Events sections will keep you up to date with stock and upcoming events.

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