Wines news of Spain VII

We are fully in Winter 2023, its time to tell you once again on the wines of my dear Spain, As said, this goes back from my beginnings ,and I still go for them everywhere, Therefore, will try the monumental task of telling you about my favorites anecdotes and news of Spanish wines and hope to continue this series as my others with your blessing and likes. Here it is ,again coming back at you my wines news of Spain VII !! Of course post No 7 for the non Romans,,,

The estimate of national wine consumption closes 2022 with a drop of 8.2% compared to 2021, standing at 9.54 million hectoliters. The Monthly Economic Report of the OIVE (Interprofessional Wine of Spain) reported.

Vega de Yuso, in the modern heart of the Ribera del Duero and just 20 years old, this family winery displays wines made for relaxation and enjoyment. It is located in Quintanilla de Onésimo, province of Valladolid, in the heart of the Golden Mile of the Ribera del Duero, Currently there are 22 hectares of own vineyards that the winery dominates, which covers some of the best estates of Quintanilla de Onésimo, Olivares de Duero and Valbuena de Duero, Some of its best wines are the TresMatas Crianza which represents the banner of the house. It stands out for its elegance and structure, and is made from vineyards between 25 and 45 years old and is aged for at least 18 months in barrels. Made from vines that are almost half a century old, TresMatas Reserva is 100% Tempranillo, aged for 26 months in French oak barrels, complex and with a very elegant structure, it offers unique aromas and minerals with toasted notes contributed by the aging in cask. TresMatas Vendimia Seleccionada is only made in exceptional vintages, with grapes from El Hostal, a single estate over 55 years old and at an altitude of 850 meters. It is selected at harvest in 15 kg boxes manually, and it is aged in high-end extra-fine grain French barrels for at least 24 months. An expressive, structured and complex signature wine, suitable for all palates. good ! Webpage:

Montecillo is the third oldest winery in La Rioja. And must add one of my all time favorite for many years. It was founded in 1870 in Fuenmayor by Celestino Navajas, thanks to an inheritance that his wife had received. But the great leap came later, around 1920, when his grandson José Luis , who was the true winemaker of the family, and returned from studying in Burgundy and brought innovative techniques. It is when the winery becomes number one nationally and internationally and that allows them to acquire some wonderful estates, such as the Montecillo, which was bought in 1919 and led to the name change for a house that was then called Viuda de Celestino Navajas. It was also when Viña Monty was born as a top-of-the-range reserve red, with a Burgundian bottle and a name in Spanglish that in the end was very successful. When Osborne appeared, a family business with a long winemaking tradition created in 1772, with all its know-how, well, he thought that this time he would. In 1973 the agreement was closed whereby Osborne took over the winery and the vineyard. The first investment was very powerful and the new Navarrete plant was built with tanks to produce up to eight million kilos of grapes and a park of 20,000 barrels. And in 1975 ,they did the first harvest. Montecillo Reserva withTempranillo and Mazuelo, Viña Monty Tinto Reserva with Garnacha, and Viña MontyTinto Reserva with Graciano grapes. Webpage:

The Finca Monastasia was born, a project that, among other things, honors the queen grape of the D.O.P. Jumilla: the Monastrell. In the foothills of the Sierra del Madroño is the old winery building, in the process of being enlarged. Although they make a Syrah monovarietal and incorporate up to 25% between Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot to one of their most special wines, Monastrell it represents 75% of the total between the vineyard they own and the one they control. Cerro Blanco is a local wine made up of 75% Monastrell accompanied by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah from the vineyard that surrounds the winery, in the area called Cañada del Cerro Blanco, Finca Monastasia Pie Franco, comes from a single plot of calcareous soil planted on bare foot, no less than 70 years old, in the town of Fuenteálamo. Fermentation takes place in concrete tanks while both malolactic and aging, which lasts around 12 months, are done in 500-liters French oak barrels. There is concentration of black fruit, but the balsamic profile and the depth with which it is expressed excites. It is mineral, floral, fleshy and tasty, voluminous and above all fine. There are only 4,500 bottles of the 2021 vintage. Webpage :

The Bodega Pagos del Rey, which in less than two decades has reached the sales podium of the Ribera del Duero was how the winery, linked from its origin to Valdepeñas (Madrid) , decided to grow in other DOs. It is in 2002 when Pagos del Rey was born, an expansion project whose first step was the construction of a winery under the DO Ribera del Duero, which would be the cradle of the Altos de Tamarón brand. Altos de Tamarón among the two wineries with the highest volume in the DO Ribera del Duero. According to data from the Nielsen consultancy, it would have been in this position with a production of more than two million bottles. The brand operates in a segment between 5 and 18 euros, and excellent made. The German contest ‘Frankfurt International Trophy’ recognized Altos de Tamarón Gran Reserva 2014 as the Best Spanish Wine, in a competition where 3,740 wines were tasted. The ribera from the Pagos del Rey winery has been awarded for its personality and uniqueness, as it is made with grapes from old vineyards in Olmedillo de Roa. Webpage :

The wineries of the Qualified Designation of Origin (D.O.Ca) Rioja, the only one of its kind in Spain, which means higher quality requirements. This is characteristic of the 1,000 wines it produces in 144 towns in La Rioja (118), Álava (18) and Navarra (8), distributed among the 100 km that separate Haro, the westernmost, from Alfaro, the easternmost. Divided into three zones, Rioja Alavesa, Alta and Oriental, the D.O.Ca and its 567 wineries, in which 14,800 winegrowers work is governed by a Regulatory Council, There are plenty of programs to bring children into the world of wines and these are some of the best me think.

There are more and more family wine tourism activities such as those offered by Bodega Campo Viejo, just 5 km from Logroño. In them the children enjoy the stomping of grapes, stories with characters related to wine, gymkhanas among the vineyards, toy libraries where they learn the basic concepts of the sector or pumpkin or bottle painting workshops. while they tour the facilities, including one of the largest barrel rooms in the world, with space for around 70,000.

The itinerary through the territory of the D.O.Ca continues at the Bodega CVNE, in the emblematic neighborhood of Estación de Haro, considered the capital of Rioja wine. It even organizes a children’s festival, Viñart, with music, creativity games around oenology, cookie courses in the form of clusters, storytelling such as El viaje del Tempranillo, a grape without equal or gymkhanas among the vineyards while some children perform workshops with corks and personalize bottle labels with drawings.

Bodegas Vivanco in Briones, also located in Rioja Alta, where they promote handicrafts and interactive games involving grape treading, collecting vineyard leaves to create a tapestry and a kind of basketball to dunk grapes into harvest baskets. The activities are part of the guided tour adapted to the little ones of its Wine Culture Museum, the largest in the world dedicated to oenology (4,000 m2), which brings together original pieces by Picasso, Dalí and Warhol, as well as a collection of vines with more than 220 varieties from all over the planet.

We go to the Eastern Rioja to visit the Bodega Faustino Rivero Ulecia, where children participate in a must tasting with their parents, and those of the Marqués de Reinosa, where they are shown the development of a vine in each of its stages. In Fincas de Azabache they see a short film and, following it, they play hide-and-seek within the facilities until they find the talisman stone. Once found, they receive a gift that they assemble by hand. In Rioja Alavesa, for its part, there is Valdemar, where the entire family can make their own wines and musts. The little ones receive a kit for it, in addition to tasting jellies made with a light touch of wine as a sweet climax.

And if you want to try the best wines of all over Spain in one spot, then I recommend you , Berria ,one of the gastronomic spaces in Madrid that best stages the passion for wine. A modern temple, in a privileged location, where the wine world can be enjoyed from a ‘wine bar’ with tables, a terrace and its cellars on view. These house a selection of whites, reds, sparkling, generous and sweet wines from all over the world. Behind its bar, there is also a space reserved for the verticals of large wineries in Spain and abroad. All this materializes in the possibility of enjoying more than a hundred wines by the glass and personalized advice from its sommeliers. On February 14 2023, there will be a special menu (100 euros) at noon and in the evening. Brioche with jowls and caviar, onion soup, salpicón, sole meunière, ‘steak tartare’ and desserts such as apple pie, ‘petit four’ and cheeses. Located at the Plaza de la Independencia, 6 next to the Puerta de Alcalà arch, Webpage :

There you go folks, another wonderful post on my dear Spanish wines, Hoping for a long lasting memories of my dear Spain and its wine news, An area already shining for several years, and getting better me think, Hope you enjoy the new series of wines news from Spain VII as I

And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all !!!

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