Alma das Donas winery is one of a brave few who hang on to the precipitous slopes in order to harvest Mencia and Godello from their 3 hectares of vineyards in the heart of Ribera Sacra.
If you've never seen the vineyards, have a look on the web and you'll see how this region makes the Mosel look a bit flat. Needless to say, everything is done by hand and the grapes are transported up the slopes on rails!
The Almanova is a beautiful expression of Mencia with a lovely purity of fruit unhindered by oak and a depth and length that make you need a second bottle.
The Almalarga Godello is aged on the lees to give added complexity to this already intensely interesting variety and is good enough to rival any Burgundy of equivalent price.
Arousana is a small cooperative winery right in the heart of Rias Baixas, close to Pontevedra. They work on long term contracts with their members and work with them to ensure the highest possible quality of fruit. They have all the latest winemaking technology at their fingertips and make consistently good wines across all quality levels. The Luzada is a great fighting price Albariño showing all the typical character of the Val do Salnes at a very competitive price. The Follas Novas is a step up in complexity and makes a great food wine.
Bodegas Adriá was set up in its present form in 2002 with the construction of a modern facility for the production of highest quality Bierzo wines. Adriá’s roots date to 1940 and the founding of Bodegas Francisco Pérez Adriá by a native of Valencia who had fallen in love with Bierzo wines. Adria owns 50 hectares of vines, the majority of which are planted with white Godello grapes while black Mencia grapes are bought from contracted growers who have old vines. The wines here are fermented with natural yeasts.
Martinez Lacuesta are one of the oldest registered brands in Rioja, pre-dating the creation of the Rioja designation itself. The wines are predominantly made from Tempranillo grown high in Rioja Alta to the West of Haro, with smatterings of Mazuelo, Graciano and Garnacha. The exception is the Campeador range which was created in 1917 to allow Martinez Lacuesta to expand their reach. Today these wines are made up of equal portions of Tempranillo from Rioja Alta and Garnacha from Rioja Baja.
Over the last 20 years significant investment has been made to allow Martinez Lacuesta to own far more of their vineyards and a new winery and cellar was opened in 2015.Reflecting this more modern approach a selection of 'modern style' Riojas have been produced in limited quantities for those who prefer French oak over American.
Bodegas Peique is a family run estate in the tiny village of Valtuille de Abajo in El Bierzo where it nestles on the slopes of El Castro de la Ventosa, an ancient pre-Roman archaeological site. Perhaps it is no surprise then, that in a land like this entire families are deeply committed to winemaking. Bodegas Peique is no different and is the culmination of 90 years and 3 generations of hard work and winemaking expertise making wines from the highest quality Godello and old vine Mencia.
Clos de Lôm is a family run winery founded by S. Dupuy De Lôme in 1836. The beauty of wine lies in the fact that its heritage and tradition can be kept alive without compromising modernity. Clos de Lôm wines aim to express the quality and geographic uniqueness of our facilities in Valley dels Alforins.
The wines, are made exclusively with grapes from DO Valencia. This area is mainly renowned for its indigenous varieties grapes; Monastrell, Garnacha and Malvasia and this estate also cultivates the Spanish flagship grape Tempranillo. The prime location provides great growing conditions for the vines with mainly clay and limestone soils. The climate is characterised by mild winters, hot summer days, cold nights and a fresh sea breeze; the Mediterranean Sea is only 55 kms far away. Most of the low bush trained, non-irrigated vineyards are harvested purely by hand.
This range of Cava is made by the excellent Vintae who also produce our Camino del Palacio Real Rioja range. In this instance the grapes are sources in Penedés from vineyards 250m above sea level. The Cava Brut spends 14 months in bottle after fermentation is completed giving a wine that is fresh but also carries some autolytic character. The Brut Reserve spends 24 months in bottle to give a more complex, rich and round Cava that for the quality is exceptional value for money.
The Priorat soil is the source of the unique minerality or earthiness of the region’s wines. It is an arid soil characterised by slate strata known in Catalan as licorella. Vines are grown in terraced vineyards or costers on the area’s steep hillsides, at altitudes ranging from 200m to 700m. Marco Abella wines are a clear expression of the land from which they spring. Their 23 hectares of land are distributed over four different vineyards located between 450m and 700m altitude, which makes their wines uniquely refreshing. They believe firmly in Biodynamic viticulture and follow the principles throughout the vineyard and the winery.
Mas Blanch i Jové is a small winery with 17 hectares of land producing harmonious wines, packed with fruit, character and soul. The vineyards are situated in the mountains, 700m above sea level which gives a freshness to the wines which perfectly balances the fruit.. They don't use pesticides or herbicides and have been certified Organic since 2015. In addition the winery is fully powered by solar energy. and all wines are vegan friendly and low sulphur.
These classic Rioja wines come from the young and dynamic team at Vintae. The wines are a great mix of classic style with modern accessibility. They are one of best value and best selling wines and not to be missed. The Tempranillo and the Crianza are easy going, not overly oaky and provide immediate pleasure. The Reserva and Gran Reserva are more serious and pair brilliantly with food.
These 'Proyectos' wines aim to show how distinct soils and terroirs influence Garnacha across Spain. The Olivada de Aragon plot comes from vines planted in 1940 on ferrous clay soils, goblet trained at 850m elevation. The resulting wine combines concentration, power and richness with freshness and minerality from altitude and soils. Invariably these are brilliant value for money.