Wines news of Spain XI

We are now in nice Spring 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 XI !! Of course post No 11 for the non Romans, Hope you enjoy the post as I.

La Rioja has made wine tourism its hallmark, there are already eight important wineries: Olarra, Campo Viejo, Viña Ijalba, Arizcuren, Franco-Españolas, Marqués de Vargas, Ontañón and Marqués de Murrieta. All can be visited and offer tastings. The most central and most striking are the Bodega Franco-Españolas, on the other side of the Ebro river , a step away from the historic center. They were founded in 1890, when the French arrived in the region trying to replace their vineyards devastated by the phylloxera disease. In 1920, the French sold the shares and they became fully Spanish, but the name was kept. Another proposal is Bodegas Ontañón and its particular Temple of Wine, where tastings are combined with the art and mythology of the god Bacchus.Webpage :

The wine diversity of Castilla y León seems to be working as a stimulus for some entrepreneurs who in recent years have been developing interesting projects focused on exploring the territory freely, without the rules of any of the different denominations of origin of the CyL community diverting their way , And diverse, one can add, when it comes to making wine in the more than 72,300 hectares of vineyards in the CyL community. The wine regions of Castilla y León from a new perspective, which has been giving relevance to areas almost forgotten until then, such as the Arribes del Duero, the Sierra de Francia or the Bierzo Alto, to give just a few examples, or changing the perspective from more established areas such as Toro, Ribera del Duero or Rueda. The Casa Aurora was born in 2010, a mountain vineyard project in one of the highest wine-growing areas of Bierzo, at an altitude of 870 meters, which opens with the first vintage of La Galapana, 2013. In reference to the difficulties in maturing the grapes, which are usually harvested around a month later than the last wineries in El Bierzo, and ten years after making the first wine, is not considering entering the Denomination of Origin, which when it started with Casa Aurora did not include Albares, a town 5 km from Bembibre, which is now part of the protected towns. The Barco del Corneta was born without a designation of origin, a winery founded in La Seca authenticity and purity of the Verdejo grape in the heart of the Rueda region, but without the back label of the D.O. In 2010 ,the Barco del Corneta, was the first wine, the fruit of a vineyard in the Cantarranas estate. Later, the Parajes del Infierno would arrive, a collection of three wines made, respectively, with Verdejo, Viura and Palomino grapes from vineyards in Alcazarén and Villanueva de Duero on sandy soils deposited there by the wind thousands of years ago such as the La Sillería, El Judas and Las Envidias, the latter, made by letting the veil of flower develop in the barrel, New and up and coming wine area with lots of potential indeed, Webpage :

The Almansa Wine Route: an unforgettable wine tourism experience that blends the charm of the Garnacha tintorera, the local gastronomic wealth and the historical and natural treasures of the Almansa region, Located in the province of Albacete, Castilla La Mancha region, This route includes the towns of Almansa, Alpera, Higueruela and Hoya-Gonzalo, each one of them with its peculiarities and attractions that make the Almansa Wine Route an unavoidable destination in 2023. webpage :

This one was a surprise, a bottle sent by a distant cousin in Madrid, Laus Tinto Crianza Made with the best cabernet sauvignon and merlot grapes and aged for 8 months in mixed barrels. With an intense nose that reveals its time in the barrel: vanilla, spices and candied fruit, Sublime : Webpage :

The Hacienda Monasterio 2018 with Hacienda Monasterio, a winery from which I could uncork any wine and not get tired of it. Because this masterful combination of tempranillo with cabernet sauvignon, merlot and malbec that come from the estate that gives its name to the winery and the wines is an example of elegance to open whenever you want Elegance, tireless complexity and a fluid and silky texture, Webpage :

The Ribera del Duero. An area that is found in the highest plots, and therefore colder, a space to plant Merlot. Bordeaux variety that has been used there to add friendliness to wines made from younger vines. Bodega Balbás, to the interaction of these factors has been to bottle separately the fruit of one of its farms, La Malata. A place that rises up to 940 meters, already close to the limit set for viticulture in that designation of origin. Ritus 2019 tempranillo (75%) and merlot (25%) combines tempranillo and not a little merlot to create a red that is marked by aromas from its long stay in wood but with an intense load of mostly red fruit. A game of supposed or real contradictions that he repeats by showing finesse and astringency or plenty of maturity and enough freshness. Memories of toasted, coffee, licorice and cocoa broaden its complexity. The prelude to a structured, deep and also different wine that indicates the existence of a vineyard to be taken into account. Webpage :

From the Arribes del Duero, in Zamora province, to the Yecla of Murcia, Its 274 hectares of vineyards registered with the Regulatory Council keep the treasure of autochthonous varieties, such as the majority , but also the expressive and bruñal minority, richness on which its most unique wines are based Bodega Pardal y Punto. Las Fontanicas, 50. Fermoselle (Zamora). However, you must try the Sabaria 2019 red crianza, with the grape Bruñal. 20 euros in Spain, Its best and most personal wine is made from the promising and little-known Bruñal grape from old vineyards. It ferments in small tanks with subsequent aging for 12 months in French oak barrels. Great aromatic richness loaded with ripe black fruit (plums, blackberries), with hints of jam and elegant spicy notes. Very tasty, broad and balanced, it fills the mouth with creaminess and a long, juicy, fruity aftertaste. 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 of Spain XI as I

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

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