Wines news of Spain VIIII

We are coming alone 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 VIIII !! Of course post No 9 for the non Romans, Hope you enjoy the post as I.

2022 closes with an increase in Spanish imports of wine in value (12.7%) to reach 282 million euros, the highest figure in the historical series. In volume, a drop of 3.4% has been registered, up to 64.6 million liters. In absolute terms, 2.3 million fewer liters were imported, spending 31.8 million euros more. The drop in volume is explained by the drop in bulk wine (17%) and sparkling wine (17%). France in value and Italy in volume are the main suppliers of wine to Spain. 44% of the value of Spanish wine imports come from France, which in 2022 increased its share by 11% to 159.8 million euros. In volume, 30% of imports correspond to Italian wine, which stood at 39 million liters with a decrease of 2.5%, according to the Spanish Wine Market Observatory.

Since 1990, a DO has covered most of the vineyards in the Community of Madrid, uniting geologically and climatically different areas that have their own grape varieties and agricultural traditions, At the beginning of the 20C, the muscatel vineyards gave fame to the then town and now neighborhood of Fuencarral, or to the fields that would later be Moratalaz. And hawthorns still resist near Getafe, Pinto, Fuenlabrada or Parla populous cities in the capital’s “belt” , which can be reached by metro or the Cercanías trains. Decline came by train in the mid-19C with competition from Valdepeñas or Noblejas, not to mention the glamorous Rioja. The decline has not stopped since then and barely 9,000 hectares of vineyards remain out of the 60,000 that existed at the beginning of the 20C. The Sierra de Gredos, with its 2400 meters of altitude, is the rocky wall that separates Madrid from the northern Meseta. The vineyard is divided between three towns. Cebreros in Castilla y León and Méntrida in Castilla-La Mancha are full denominations, while San Martín de Valdeiglesias is a subzone of the DO Vinos de Madrid. At the end of the 90s, those were times when the cooperatives marketed almost all the wine in the area. The Arganda sub-zone houses more than half of the producers and the total vineyard of the DO. The gentle slopes and plains irrigated by the Tajuña, the Jarama and the Henares rivers seem to be the antithesis of the wild character of Gredos. The smallest area of the D.O. is in danger. The hawthorns in fertile plain areas close to the Guadarrama river are valued more as buildable land, because they are at the gates of the cities of the southern belt: Móstoles, Fuenlabrada, Arroyomolinos… The two most powerful wineries closed a few years ago, including Ricardo Benito, producers of wines with the most ambitions. Today there are only five left, but reinforcements are arriving ,The mountain climate, the altitude and the slate, limestone and granite soils differentiate the still scarce wines from a sub-zone that was incorporated into the Denomination in 2019. It is another mountain range very different from Gredos: the Norte or north, the “poor” one, that of the almost abandoned black towns that are experiencing a certain resurgence thanks to the urbanites who escaped from the big City of Madrid. Other wineries in the area are preparing to join the Denomination. It is time to rebuild and reinterpret. Like so many other things in the vineyards of Madrid. Coming alone fine its a process like the rest of Spain did, Webpage :

The book “Tempos Vega Sicilia 40 years. The mystery of Vega Sicilia” was presented in Madrid, a monograph dedicated to this mythical Ribera del Duero winery that focuses on the four decades of the house in the hands of the Álvarez family The mystery of Vega Sicilia can already be found in the La Fábrica and Lavinia bookstores, the deluxe edition, and in regular bookstores the pocket edition webpage :

Pandemonium, the penultimate son of the restless Vintae group, is a luminous sparkling wine from La Rioja that connects and refers to the eternal fight of good against evil, to the origin of Spanish, to fallen angels and will-o’-the-wisps, which tastes and smells of secret libraries, devils , sins, forbidden codes and, above all, it gives off the perfume of audacity: producing exceeding the limits of still wines and entering other fields: that of sparkling wines that are compared to the best champagne, but made in La Rioja, in Alto Najerilla Pandemonium comes from mountain vineyards, between 700 and 800 meters above sea level, in a cool and ventilated area called Las Viñas. At the moment, only two hectares outside the limits of the DOCa, regardless of any seal In the glass, a Pandemonium 2015 white wine, single varietal Viura, straw yellow and greenish tones that had its throat disgorged in 2021 and has followed the traditional method; on the palate, a very marked natural acidity, with creaminess and length. Be careful, only 600 bottles, which will go on sale in a couple of months at a price of around 40 euros. The red Grenache comes into play for the red white, with a less shy nose and elegant and smooth bubbles, with harmony and structure on the palate, even marked minerality. Grupo Vintae and Pandemonium :

Tamerán volcanic malvasía 2021: the union of two Canarian ‘magicians’Tameran means ‘land of the brave’ in local guanche, The project unites the talents of two Canarian ‘magicians’, David Silva and Jonatan García. Silva, known worldwide for his professional career as a footballer, is also passionate and highly connoisseur of the world of wine. Jonatan García combines his work as owner of the Tenerife winery Suertes del Marqués Designation of Origin Valle de La Orotava. with the new project, of which he is technical director. The Tameràn winery, located in San Bartolomé de Tirajana, has been built integrated into the vineyard. At the moment they sell five white wines from four native varieties. The one selected in this case is a volcanic Malvasia varietal, a cross between Marmajuelo and aromatic Malvasia. It ferments in 2,500-liter foudres and is aged on lees for 10 months in 500-liter barrels. Tamerán malvasía volcánica 2021 with fruit as the backbone, mainly citrus and stone fruits, its vibrant acidity and restrained alcoholic strength round off the set. Other wines are Marmajuelo, Malvasia Volcanica, Vijariego Blanco, Verdello and Baboso Blanco ,New bodega eventually will be here :

The other Suertes del Marqués:

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 of Spain VIIII as I

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

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