Read about a local wine importer and distributor that brings exclusive wines from Spain straight to the Queen City.
Key Wines, a local wine importer and distributor, is built on the idea that everyone deserves great wine.
“Our name Key Wines comes from a passion to unlock this undiscovered world of wine and give people access to it,” says Key Wines Co-Founder Robin Hunsucker. “We also believe that wine is ‘key’ and has been culturally important throughout history and is something that brings people together still today.”
Robin Hunsucker, a Cincinnati native and wine lover, and Gil Nuñez, a wine maker and Sommelier from Barcelona, are Co-founders of Key Wines and met on a trip to Spain. They fell in love and the rest is history.
The couple’s main goal for the company was to give people in Cincinnati the same access to the same great wine from small producers that they typically drank in Spain.
Key wines works directly with small, family-run wineries in Spain to bring exclusive, affordable and high quality wines to the Cincinnati area.
“We cut out all of the middle men and import/distribute ourselves in order for the wine to reach the end consumer without as many of the normal mark-ups,” says Hunsucker.
As if Key Wines wasn’t unique enough, some of their wines can only be found in Cincinnati and no other place in the U.S.
“All of our wines are farmed organically or almost organically and they don’t use chemical products, additives, stabilizers or the other crap that many wines have,” Hunsucker says
Key Wines warehouse is located in Evendale. You can find their wines all over Cincinnati in many local bars, restaurants and stores.
“You can find our wines at any of the following bars/restaurants/stores around the city: Alfio’s Buon Cibo, Anjou (opening soon), Dear Restaurant & Butchery, E+O, Higher Gravity, Hoppin’ Vines, Mash Roots, Mita’s, LouVino, North High Brewing, Rebel Mettle Brewery, The Fix, The Hub, The Spicy Olive, Wildflower Café and World Glass Bar,” she adds.
Cava, a sparkling wine, “is definitely a crowd favorite,” Hunsucker says. “Some other popular wines are our Albariño (a classic white wine from the Atlantic coast in Spain), Las Garnachas (a juicy Grenache from Rioja), Merian (a line of organic wines made of Grenache that comes in red, white and rosé) and MIN (a red blend from Priorat).”
Key Wines is looking to get into more bars and restaurants around the city and continue their mission of giving people access to high-quality wine that is affordable for everyone.
“We also do private tastings at people’s homes, so our hope is that once things go back to normal we can expand that side of our business,” she says.