Wines news of Spain VIII

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 VIII !! Of course post No 8 for the non Romans, Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Let me open up this post with some general news on the wines of Spain,

Spain has 945,565 hectares of vineyards,​ which makes it the country with the largest cultivated area of vines in the world with more than 15% of the world total, and is the third in terms of production, Spaniards drink only an average of 21 liters of wine per person per year, a much lower figure than in similar countries and which contrasts with the country’s wine production and tradition , It has more than 600 native varieties planted throughout the country, although approximately 80% of the wine produced nationwide is made with only about 20 varieties, among which stand out; Tempranillo, Albariño, Garnacha, Palomino, Airén, Macabeo, Parellada, Charelo, Cariñena and Monastrell. Some of the most internationally known wine regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero, famous for its Tempranillo production; the Marco de Jerez, for its fortified wines; Rueda, for its white Verdejo wines; Panadés, for the production of cava; and Priory. According to European regulations, wines are classified into three categories according to their level of geographical protection and the degree of demand in their manufacturing process. In Spain, the first category is divided into several subcategories. Wines with a Protected Designation of Origin are wines whose quality and characteristics are essentially or exclusively due to their geographical origin, with their inherent human and cultural factors. Wines from Pagos (VP): they originate from a region, meaning the rural area or site with its own characteristics , Wines with a Qualified Designation of Origin (DOCa): this category is reserved for wines with Designation of Origin that have reached high levels of quality over a long period of time , Wines with Denomination of Origin (DO): they are prestigious wines that come from a delimited production area and with a production regulated by a Regulatory Council , Quality Wines with Geographical Indication (VC): it is the one produced and made in a specific region, region, town or place with grapes from them, European legislation classifies them as “Wines with Protected Geographical Indication” (IGP) and Spanish legislation as “Table wines with the right to the traditional mention Vino de la Tierra”. They are wines from and produced in a defined geographical area, taking into account certain environmental and cultivation conditions that may give the wines specific characteristics , Table Wines are those wines not included in any protected geographical area, Vinos de la Tierra or Wines of the Land (VdlT) and Wines with Protected Designation of Origin (DOP) can make the following indications depending on their aging period Noble 18 months, Añejo 24 months, and Viejo or Old 36 months, In addition to the above indications, only still wines with Protected Designation of Origin (DOP) may also be classified as:Crianza 24 months ,Reserva 36 months , and Gran Reserva 60 months , Quality Sparkling Wines (including cavas) can use the following indications:Premium and Reserva at the discretion of the producer (for cava, minimum 15 months) ,and Gran Reserva, minimum aging period of 30 months from tirage to disgorging,

The OEMV gave the news this week, Spanish wine exports closed last year 2022 with a growth of +3.1% to reach 2,980.2 million euros in wine exports. This is the highest annual turnover in history ! In addition, this figure is reached with a drop of -9.2% in volume, up to 2,089.5 million liters, a figure that is considered positive in the objective of revaluing wine, that is, reduce the quantity sold and increase the quantity billed. The United States remains the number one customer for Spanish wine. The American giant allocated 405 million euros last year to purchase Spanish wine, 12.9% more than in 2021. Next, closely, is followed by Germany, which spends 386 million euros on Spanish wine, a slight increase of 1.7%. The third country would be the United Kingdom, with 315 million euros, despite having reduced its spending by -15.2%. Next would be France with 308€ million (+15.2%), the Netherlands with 154€ million (+3.9%), Switzerland with 148€ million (+10%) and Portugal with 130€ million (+10, 9%), Close the Top10 Canada with 128M€ (-1.2%), Belgium with 119M€ (+4.1%) and Japan with 115M€ (+12.9%).

A wonderful historical movie I saw as a boy and many times thereafter and link in a way to wine and Spanish traditions, Fitting to have in a wine post on Spain, Marcelino, pan y vino or Marcelino bread and wine ; is a classic and iconic film in the history of Spanish cinema. Based on the novel of the same name by José María Sánchez Silva, it was a great critical and box office success in 1954, the year of its premiere. Among other awards, he won the Silver Bear at the 1955 Berlinale and the child actor Pablito Calvo got a special mention at the Cannes Film Festival. It is also a recognized film in countries like Japan, Italy, Brazil or the United States, where it was dubbed into English. Marcelino, pan y vino has a cast led by the actor Pablito Calvo, who began the path of child prodigies with supporting cast of Fernando Rey , and Antonio Ferrandis ; completed by Rafael Rivelles, Juan Calvo, José Nieto, Antonio Vico, Joaquín Roa, Isabel de Pomés and Mariano Azaña, Food is one of the fundamental themes of Marcelino, bread and wine, since they articulate the relationship between the child and Jesus Christ. Throughout the film, Marcelino visits Christ in the attic and brings him the food that is within his reach, in this case bread and wine. These foods, fundamental in the Catholic liturgy, serve in this film as a symbol of communion, in the broader sense of the word. The relationship between the child and Christ is conveyed through this communion, this sharing of food that is the body (bread) and blood (wine) of Christ. The meaning of the wine is therefore crucial. It is an element that approaches spirituality, communication and the depth of the mystical relationship that develops throughout the plot. Marcelino, pan y vino is the story of an abandoned baby who is taken in by a community of friars. The friars will raise him in the convent as one more member. But Marcelino longs for his mother, whom he never got to know. Marcelino, pan y vino has a subtle explanation in the film. Marcelino’s miracle is that he has finally been reunited with his mother, who is in heaven thanks to the fact that Jesus Christ intercedes for him before God. Mother and son are reunited thanks to divine mercy. There is a play called La verdadera historia de Marcelino, pan y vino or The true story of Marcelino, bread and wine, which is an adaptation of the original story. Undoubtedly, the tenderness of this film has made it a universal classic and there are remakes, television series and even an animated series produced in Spain. Marcelino, pan y vino is a classic of Spanish cinema that has transcended our borders for dealing with universal themes such as maternal love, belonging to a community or the innocence of the child’s gaze. A wonderful all time film , see it online in several mediums,like Amazon webpage :

The British magazine Decanter (yes) points out in the report entitled “Expert’s choice: The Canary Islands” that the wines from the southernmost wine region in Europe ! Yes my dear Tenerife ! Some tasted are : Envínate, Taganan Blanco, Tenerife, 2021, Suertes del Marqués, Vidonia, Tenerife, 2019 , Suertes del Marqués, Trenzado , Tenerife, 2020, Bodegas Tajinaste, Listán Blanco, Tenerife, 2020 , Envínate, Táganan Parcela Margalagua, Tenerife, 2020 , Envínate, Benje Tinto, Tenerife, 2021 , Suertes del Marqués, Cruz Santa, Tenerife, 2019 , Suertes del Marqués, Bodegas Tajinaste, Listân Negro Tradicional , Tenerife, 2020, Enjoy them , worth the try me think,,,, Decanter webpage :

The Bodegas Familiares Matarromera is a finalist in the VI Edition of the National SME of the Year Award granted by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and Banco Santander. The company was the winner of the Valladolid SME of the Year Award, in which the jury valued its multiple R+D+i projects, as well as its firm commitment to sustainability since its inception, and will compete for the National Award, The Matarromera Family Wineries its presence in 7 Denominations of Origin through its 11 wineries: Ribera del Duero (Bodega Matarromera, Bodega Emina Ribera and Bodega Renacimiento), Rioja (Bodega CM de Matarromera), Rueda (Bodega Emina Rueda), Cigales (Bodega Valdelosfrailes), Toro (Cyan Winery), Ribeiro (Casar de Vide and Sanclodio) and Rías Baixas (Viña Caeira Winery), with which it bears the name of Spain throughout the more than 75 countries where its products can be found. Webpage :

Although the entire planted area barely exceeds 9,000 hectares of vineyards, the D.O.P. Almansa (Castilla La Mancha region) is the producing area with the most Garnacha Tintorera in Spain (5,000 hectares). Another notable aspect of this variety is the fact that it is the result of a cross between varieties ,Petit Bouschet and Garnacha Tinta, carried out in France in 1855 by Henri Bouschet. The entire vineyard is located between 700 and 1,100 meters. This means that maturation is slow and all the aromatic and coloring components are fully synthesized, maintaining good levels of acidity. However, although Almansa is Garnacha Tintorera, it is also Monastrell. The second most planted variety in this Denomination (1,100 hectares).webpage :

The Finca Monastasia was born, a project that, among other things, honors the queen grape of the D.O.P. Jumilla: the Monastrell. a small town in Albacete, lives with the same calm, but with a breath of hope for the future of the town, and its own viticultural and rural development. And it is that, a few weeks before the end of the year, the first wines of the 2021 vintage from the new and brand new ambassador of that wine-growing territory protected by the D.O.P. Jumilla: Finca Monastasia, In the foothills of the Sierra del Madroño is the old building of the winery, in the process of being enlarged to give it both greater space and adequate technical requirements for the quality of the grapes they handle. In addition, it will have an attractive wine tourism space. Although they make a monovarietal Syrah and incorporate up to 25% between Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot to one of their most special wines, Monastrell accounts for 75% of the total between the vineyard they own and the one they control. Thus, the most accessible range is made up of Syrah Nobel, with its incontestable fruity friendliness; the Rosé Nobel, a rosé creation of the freshest Monastrell but at the same time enveloping and without losing that attractive juiciness in the drink; and the Monastrell Nobel, a true example of varietal purity in which the wine is the canvas and its nuances the Jumillano landscape. A huge pleasure for the senses. 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 locality called Cañada del Cerro Blanco, the jewel in the crown: Finca Monastasia Pie Franco. It 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 last around 12 months, make it in 500 liter 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. Finca Monastasia ,Paraje del Cerro Blanco, s/n 02652 Ontur (Albacete) Webpage :

The beginnings of Bodegas Campos Reales date back to 1950, when dozens of small farmers founded the winery in El Provencio, province of Cuenca, Castilla La Mancha region, The winery is located in the center of 3,500 hectares of their own vineyards, and although they grow 24 different varieties, their specialty, albeit just like in the days of their grandparents, is the Tempranillo. They are a social economy cooperative that was born in 1950 and that, from the rural environment, is a guarantee to generate income and wealth in the town for more than 400 families. Bodegas Campos Reales is located at the highest altitude of the Manchegan plain, providing ideal conditions : very cold winters and very hot summers. A climate that allows leveling the acidity and sugar to achieve a final product of excellent quality. Some of their better known bottles are : Canforrales Classic Tempranillo. Vino Joven or young wine, 100% Tempranillo : Canforrales Crianza, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine, aged for twelve months ; Canforrales Reserva, 100% Tempranillo red ; Gladium Viñas Viejas, 100% Tempranillo from old vines. A crianza made with grapes from the best vineyards over 50 years old owned by the Canforrales Cánfora winery, Special Reserve Red, 100% Tempranillo from free-standing vines over 60 years old, and Campos Reales Edición Especial, 100% Tempranillo with an aging for 8 months in barrels with an expressive character and quality. With this wine, the winery has joined La Mancha Excellent, a new concept of superior quality wines within the La Mancha Denomination of Origin, Webpage :

An exclusive wine cellar, with the highest ratio of wine references per square meter; located in the heart of the city and with a vending machine that collects the bottles of its cava at a unique height. This is what is new in Madrid, the Wine Bar of Galerías Canalejas, which incorporates the latest technology and innovation into the sale and consumption of wines. It is called The Wine Shop and it has just joined the twenty gastronomic spaces that are in the ‘Mad Gourmets‘ of the luxury shopping center of the city. It works both as a tasting place, with the attraction of having 200 references by the glass -with prices starting at 5.50 euros-, as well as a point of sale for bottles -it has wines for 20 euros and even authentic “treasures” that reach 8,000 euros ! Webpage :

Italy and Spain reject warnings on wine labels that would indicate that its consumption could cause harmful effects on health. And it is that the decision of Ireland, discussed last year, to adopt health warnings on the labels of alcoholic beverages continues to spark a debate throughout the European Union with the ministers of Spain and Italy giving their opinion on the measure, which could be adopted throughout the continent. The proposed Irish labeling is set to display three key messages, covering alcohol’s link to liver disease, alcohol’s link to cancer and a symbol depicting the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Non sense you should be adult enough to know , no need for more government control, Hurrah for Spain and Italy !! EUPwebpage :

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 VIII as I

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

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