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The role of wine tourism and other ideas from Must Wine Summit

Amaya Cervera | June 14th, 2017

What follows is a summary of some of the ideas fermented last week at Must Wine Summit, a three-day conference featuring leading wine speakers who discussed topics such as wine tourism, natural wines, big data, grape varieties or the Chinese market.

Trends 2017-06-14 09:06:45

Wineries to watch

Alta Alella: The search for terroir expression

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | June 6th, 2017

Organic still wines and cavas that reflect terroir and vintage variations form the basis of this producer located just outside Barcelona. As well as natural wines, they are busy creating local varieties that are adapted to climate change.

Wineries to watch 2017-06-06 09:06:42

Tastings

Getting a taste for old Paternina vintages at Conde de los Andes in Rioja

Amaya Cervera | May 23rd, 2017

What do past vintages taste like? A few weeks ago we had the chance to try Rioja vintages from the 1940s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s in Paternina's cellars, now owned by Muriel Group. This is our impression of such impeccably preserved bottles.

Tastings 2017-05-23 08:05:27

Vintages

Severe frost will mark the 2017 vintage in northern Spain

Amaya Cervera | May 9th, 2017

We’ve talked to leading producers and Regulatory Boards in the wine regions that were severely hit by frost in the northwest of Spain on the last week of April to assess the extent of the damage. Now it’s time to move forward, everyone agrees.

Vintages 2017-05-09 10:05:48

Wineries to watch

Jorge Monzón: bringing the soul of Burgundy to Ribera del Duero

Amaya Cervera | May 4th, 2017

Judging from the impressive old vineyards that Jorge Monzón has managed to assemble in his hometown of La Aguilera (Burgos) in just over a decade, Dominio del Águila could soon become one of Ribera del Duero’s shining stars.

Wineries to watch 2017-05-04 10:05:09

Grapes

Penedès plays the local grape card

Amaya Cervera | April 24th, 2017

This Catalan region welcomed international grapes with open arms in the last quarter of the 20th century but it is now focusing on indigenous varieties. White Xarel.lo is leading the way, but Sumoll, Malvasía and Xarel.lo Vermell are vying for space.

Grapes 2017-04-24 10:04:15

Wineries to watch

Celler del Roure: The future is in the past

Amaya Cervera | April 5th, 2017

Based in the subarea of Clariano, this producer has brought new hope and distinctiveness to the DO Valencia thanks to the recovery of Mandó, a local grape variety with a marked fresh profile, and an ancient underground cellar stocked with amphorae.

Wineries to watch 2017-04-05 08:04:46

Spanish terroirs

Juancho Asenjo: “Rioja is known for its fine wines not for volume”

Amaya Cervera | March 28th, 2017

Spanish expert and educator Juancho Asenjo yesterday championed terroir as he led the first tasting of “village wines” held in Rioja under the auspices of the region’s Association of Family Wineries.

Spanish terroirs 2017-03-28 01:03:00

Wine regions

Rioja in the 21st century: styles and categories of wine

Amaya Cervera | March 15th, 2017

Three wide subareas and three aging categories (Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva) are not enough to explain a vast, complex wine area like Rioja. SWL charts its evolution and brings a guide to understand the region’s wines.

Wine regions 2017-03-15 10:03:35

Wineries to watch

Riscal has its eye on Verdejo old vines in Segovia

Amaya Cervera | March 2nd, 2017

The old Verdejo vineyards found in Segovia are a new source of excitement for Marqués de Riscal’s project in Rueda. They form the backbone of the new top-of the-range Barón de Chirel white and add consistence to other Verdejos in the range.

Wineries to watch 2017-03-02 02:03:21

Grapes

A better future for Spanish wines with pre-phylloxera grapes?

Amaya Cervera | February 16th, 2017

For over 30 years Torres has been tracking Catalan vineyards in search of ancient grape varieties. We had the opportunity to taste some of their most promising discoveries a few days ago. Their names: Forcada, Pirene, Gonfaus, Moneu and Querol.

Grapes 2017-02-16 12:02:47

Wine regions

Cangas: from coal mines to fine wines

Pedro Ballesteros MW | February 7th, 2017

Mines and wine have a shared past in the world’s history. In Spain, there is a great example in Cangas, a region in Asturias which came close to losing its vineyards. Today it is gradually reviving thanks to its unique scenery and grape varieties.

Wine regions 2017-02-07 10:02:32

Wineries to watch

Suertes del Marqués sets the style for Tenerife wines

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | February 3rd, 2017

There is a before and an after of the wines from Tenerife since the arrival of Suertes del Marqués. Their focus on native varieties grown on volcanic soils and devoid of unnecessary make-up have set the style of quality winemaking in the island.

Wineries to watch 2017-02-03 10:02:54

Wine regions

Tenerife wines fall under the spell of the volcano

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | January 25th, 2017

Canary Wine stopped being the island’s most sought-after product a long time ago, but the wines of Tenerife and its neighboring islands resonate again among experts and consumers thanks to a bunch of producers set on letting the world know about their

Wine regions 2017-01-25 11:01:22

People

“My dream is to compete on equal terms with Champagne”

Amaya Cervera | January 20th, 2017

After his New York adventure, Pepe Raventós, Penedès’ 'enfant terrible' since he left the DO Cava, has returned home to go back to his roots and “practice instead of seeking.” He talked to SWL about his plans and his vision of life now.

People 2017-01-20 09:01:45

Wineries to watch

Viña Sastre, winegrowers in La Horra

Amaya Cervera | January 3rd, 2017

Despite being the epitome of powerful Riberas, everything seems to happen easily at Viña Sastre. Extraction is not so much the style; instead, they look for naturally concentrated grapes sourced form some of the best –and oldest– vineyards in the DO

Wineries to watch 2017-01-03 06:01:24

In depth

Cava de Paraje Calificado - what’s it all about?

Amaya Cervera | December 16th, 2016

Even if the official seal is not due to be issued until next year, we reveal some of the sparkling wines pursuing the new Cava de Paraje Calificado category, which aims to set the new benchmark of quality in Spain’s most famous bubbly.

In depth 2016-12-16 10:12:04

Spanish terroirs

Beauty and then vines

Pedro Ballesteros MW | December 13th, 2016

Classic wine regions raise in our souls the beauty of landscapes and buildings, as much as the pleasures of wines and food. Pedro Ballesteros MW finds that magic balance in a former 16th century convent in Málaga, which now houses Descalzos Viejos.

Spanish terroirs 2016-12-13 07:12:04

Wineries to watch

Biodynamics and science coexist well at Gramona

Amaya Cervera | December 4th, 2016

Over the course of two mornings we joined Jaume Gramona on a walk around his vineyards to learn about his newly discovered passion for biodynamics and, in a far more educational atmosphere, during a sparkling wines workshop he recently led in Madrid.

Wineries to watch 2016-12-04 08:12:47

Vintages

What to expect from the 2016 vintage in Spain

Amaya Cervera | November 22nd, 2016

This year’s drought marked a sharp contrast between the high yields in Rioja and areas of Castilla y León and the low production in the Mediterranean. Yet quality expectations are high in many parts with reds set to be fresh and moderate in alcohol.

Vintages 2016-11-22 09:11:58

Wineries to watch

Alba Viticultores: Sparkling a rebellion in Sanlúcar

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | November 3rd, 2016

Sparkling wine production in the Sherry Triangle started in the 19th century, but some producers like Alba Viticultores in Sanlúcar are recovering the tradition, with a little help from the winegrowers for whom they demand recognition.

Wineries to watch 2016-11-03 09:11:30

Trends

Sherry meets Rioja and other flor stories

Amaya Cervera | October 28th, 2016

Sherry casts a long shadow. Following the nascent renaissance of Spain’s iconic region for fortified wines, some producers in Rioja and other Spanish wine regions are paying a particular homage to Sherry’s distinctive flavours.

Trends 2016-10-28 08:10:25

People

Destemming grapes with Abel Mendoza in Rioja

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | October 18th, 2016

This Rioja producer, who embodies the concept of a Burgundian vigneron working his land to make honest wines, show us how he makes his Tempranillo Grano a Grano and his philosophy of life, which is based on terroir and respect for the environment.

People 2016-10-18 09:10:11

Wineries to watch

Javier Arizcuren recovers the wine heritage of Rioja Baja

Amaya Cervera | October 4th, 2016

Despite the very few bottles made by this architect and wine enthusiast, the story of Javier is a great example of the recovery of old vineyards in Spain. His are in Quel, his birthplace in Rioja Baja.

Wineries to watch 2016-10-04 09:10:47

People

Leading wine producers in Terra Alta

Amaya Cervera | September 27th, 2016

After our recent piece about this Catalan region, focused primarily on Garnacha, we have profiled some of its most interesting winegrowers. This is our particular vision on who’s who in Terra Alta.

People 2016-09-27 08:09:37

Wine regions

Terra Alta: charting new roads for Garnacha

Amaya Cervera | September 14th, 2016

Accounting for 33% of the total plantings of White Garnacha worldwide, Terra Alta has also started exploring the potential of its red wines. This unsung appellation in the far south of Catalonia is an interesting mix of landscape, architecture and wines.

Wine regions 2016-09-14 10:09:06

Wineries to watch

Nanclares y Prieto: juggling with the many faces of Albariño

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | September 5th, 2016

Having trained as an economist, Alberto Nanclares never consciously planned to become a winegrower but he is now one of Rías Baixas most accomplished interpreters of the Albariño variety along with his business partner Silvia Prieto.

Wineries to watch 2016-09-05 09:09:33

Wineries to watch

Juan Antonio Ponce brings the magic out of Bobal

Amaya Cervera | August 3rd, 2016

This young winemaker has managed to bring out the best of Bobal, a rustic and harsh variety, while recovering local grapes like Albilla and Moravia Agria in DO Manchuela. His work proves that there is hope beyond Castilla La Mancha’s dull wine image.

Wineries to watch 2016-08-03 10:08:02

Wine regions

Rufete grapes put Sierra de Salamanca on the wine map

Amaya Cervera | July 20th, 2016

Despite its small size, Sierra de Salamanca boasts an enchanting scenery, interesting soils and a precious wine treasure: Rufete is a floral, delicate variety which fits in perfectly with the trend towards less-structured, Burgundy-style wines.

Wine regions 2016-07-20 10:07:15

Wineries to watch

Barbadillo or the courage to tackle changes

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | July 5th, 2016

This family producer, which pioneered wines such the white Castillo de San Diego and the bottlings of manzanilla en rama, rescues old winemaking traditions and novel styles in an effort to renew itself while keeping the essence of Sanlúcar.

Wineries to watch 2016-07-05 09:07:43

In depth

Further steps to demarcate terroir in Spain

Amaya Cervera | June 28th, 2016

Zoning and land classification are contentious issues in Spain. Following the recent approval of a single-vineyard category for Cava, Rioja continues to discuss its future while other wine producing regions are going their own way.

In depth 2016-06-28 07:06:45

In depth

Vinoble 2016 witnesses a change of cycle in Sherry

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | June 6th, 2016

With lights and shadows in the organisation, the International Exhibition of Noble Wines confirmed a new stage in the Sherry Triangle and renewed dynamism both from new producers and some of the leading wineries in the region.

In depth 2016-06-06 10:06:40

Wineries to watch

Abadía Retuerta: in search of lost time

Amaya Cervera | June 2nd, 2016

It’s now 25 years since the recuperation of the Abadía Retuerta estate vineyards in Sardón de Duero (Castilla y León). The winery celebrated the anniversary with a tasting of the first 1996 vintage, which proved to be in pretty good shape.

Wineries to watch 2016-06-02 09:06:02

Spanish terroirs

Spanish wine growers: first steps towards excellence

Amaya Cervera | May 20th, 2016

The terroir movement in Spain seems unstoppable. The First Wine Growing Encounter held at Remelluri (Rioja Alavesa) brought together over 150 wine producers and trade professionals who attended presentations, tastings and an unforgettable al fresco lunch

Spanish terroirs 2016-05-20 07:05:20

Trends

Spanish rosés turn pale and aim for quality

Amaya Cervera | May 11th, 2016

A lighter shade of red is not necessarily better, but behind the new trend towards light-coloured rosés, some quality-conscious Spanish producers are trying to make serious wines in this style.

Trends 2016-05-11 08:05:02

Wineries to watch

Can Ràfols evokes the magic of Garraf’s chalky soils

Amaya Cervera | May 4th, 2016

Carlos Esteva, the man behind Can Ràfols dels Caus, is a maverick producer. After almost 40 years of immersion in the Garraf terroir in Penedès, he culminates his work with a mammoth winery dug in the chalky rock that defines his wines.

Wineries to watch 2016-05-04 12:05:30

People

“Sherry has been badly mistreated”

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | April 19th, 2016

Juan Ruiz Henestrosa is head sommelier at Aponiente, a two-Michelin starred restaurant on the cutting edge of Spanish gastronomy. Sensitive and passionate, Juan has managed to put Sherry at the same level as chef Ángel León’s celebrated dishes.

People 2016-04-19 09:04:55

Wineries to watch

Descendientes J. Palacios spearheads change in Bierzo

Amaya Cervera | April 5th, 2016

Álvaro Palacios and Ricardo Pérez have proved that Bierzo deserves a place of pride among Spain’s most prominent wine regions. We visited the winery and the vineyards to discover what’s behind their captivating wines.

Wineries to watch 2016-04-05 08:04:19

Recommended wines

Ten Spanish wines to discover in spring

Amaya Cervera | March 28th, 2016

We have compiled a selection of new, exciting wines for wine lovers willing to discover new styles during the spring or in their next trip to Spain.

Recommended wines 2016-03-28 08:03:45

Wine regions

Extremadura wines: in search of identity

Amaya Cervera | March 16th, 2016

This huge region in southwestern Spain is far from being identified with a wine style of its own. Could this lack of definition actually be a blessing?

Wine regions 2016-03-16 08:03:50

Wineries to watch

Albamar brings out the freshness of Albariño

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | March 2nd, 2016

Easy-going and always willing to learn, Xurxo Alba is since 2006 the visible face of Albamar, a small family venture in Galicia’s Salnés Valley where Albariño grapes are let to express their freshest and most vibrant side.

Wineries to watch 2016-03-02 09:03:48

News

The challenges of selling wine online

Amaya Cervera | February 28th, 2016

Smartphones will be the main tool for consumers buying wine in an increasingly competitive and crowded market. This was one of the main conclusions heard at wine and technology encounter ImaginextRioja, held in Logroño last week.

News 2016-02-28 08:02:08

Wineries to watch

Mauro paves the way for its expansion into Ribera

Amaya Cervera | February 1st, 2016

After several years keeping a low profile, the García family recently released a white Mauro. Now they are set to launch their first Ribera del Duero and a top-of-the-range red in Toro.

Wineries to watch 2016-02-01 08:02:37

Best value

Ten fun Spanish reds that won’t break the bank

Amaya Cervera | January 18th, 2016

Bills, bleak weather and general dreariness can turn January into the most depressing month of the year; at SWL we’d rather start on a high enjoying some fruit-driven, affordable reds which express their origin and the varieties they are made from.

Best value 2016-01-18 07:01:46

Spanish terroirs

A Manifesto in favour of Spain’s unique vineyards

Amaya Cervera | January 8th, 2016

In order to fight against the narrow-mindedness of many appellations in Spain, roughly 150 wine professionals including producers, journalist and retailers have signed a Manifesto in defence of terroir.

Spanish terroirs 2016-01-08 05:01:31

Wineries to watch

Quinta da Muradella: the quiet search for wine purity

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | January 5th, 2016

If good wines are a reflection of the terroir where they come from, in the case of Quinta da Muradella they also evidence the personality of José Luis Mateo, an honest and humble winegrower who has single-handedly placed Monterrei on the wine world map.

Wineries to watch 2016-01-05 08:01:18

Tastings

The essential guide to Spain’s sweet wines

Amaya Cervera | December 22nd, 2015

At SWL we believe Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate with dessert wines. Spain’s sweet universe offers an astonishingly wide range of styles, concentration levels and even wine colours.

Tastings 2015-12-22 08:12:53

Wine regions

The uncertain future of Málaga’s sweet wines

Amaya Cervera | December 16th, 2015

SWL explores the delicious rarity of an appellation which is almost entirely devoted to sweet wines; a captivating mix of landscape, history and complex winemaking traditions which are suitably apt to enjoy during the Christmas season.

Wine regions 2015-12-16 10:12:14

Wineries to watch

Recaredo, a terroir-driven Cava

Amaya Cervera | December 2nd, 2015

A singular producer exclusively crafting long-aged, bone-dry vintage Cava, Recaredo is securing its future with new plantings that will give indigenous white grape Xarel.lo a major role in their wines.

Wineries to watch 2015-12-02 08:12:52

News

Bodegas Barbadillo signs rising star Armando Guerra

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | November 20th, 2015

The owner of the most famous wine tavern in the Sherry Triangle will lead the new Premium Production and Innovation Division in the Sanlúcar winery but without renouncing to hold his renowned summer tastings.

News 2015-11-20 10:11:37

In depth

Does terroir matter in Spain's appellations?

Amaya Cervera | November 10th, 2015

It seems obvious that denominations of origin are meant to protect a wine region. Paradoxically, some producers in Spain do not feel comfortable in their DOs while others demand more differentiation, authenticity and attention to their needs.

In depth 2015-11-10 08:11:39

Wineries to watch

Hacienda Monasterio strengthens its position in Ribera del Duero

Amaya Cervera | November 2nd, 2015

Thanks to an enviable price positioning, almost 100 hectares of vineyards in Pesquera de Duero and the recent acquisition of a stake in Montecastro, Hacienda Monasterio emerges as one of the most solid producers in Ribera del Duero.

Wineries to watch 2015-11-02 10:11:37

Wine regions

The breathtaking beauty of Gredos in pictures

Amaya Cervera | October 27th, 2015

Pepe Franco’s pictures portray both dramatic landscapes and everyday tasks in Gredos, managing to capture the essence of a unique landscape, its vineyards and people. Find out more about this rugged and beautiful Spanish wine region.

Wine regions 2015-10-27 10:10:42

Spanish terroirs

Covarrubias, Tempranillo’s hidden playground

Amaya Cervera | October 14th, 2015

The most singular valley within the largely unknown Arlanza appellation in Burgos (Castilla y León) has attracted a handful of young, restless producers. SWL has visited the area to chart the region’s vineyards and wines.

Spanish terroirs 2015-10-14 06:10:05

Wineries to watch

Ramiro Ibáñez brings soils and terroir into Sherry country

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | October 2nd, 2015

Inquisitive, dynamic and always willing to learn from the past, Ramiro Ibáñez is, despite his youth, a highly respected winemaker among sherry enthusiasts. What’s so special about this maverick born in Sanlúcar in the 1979 vintage?

Wineries to watch 2015-10-02 12:10:34

Tastings

Old and new Rioja around Haro’s railway station

Amaya Cervera | September 23rd, 2015

This is our report of the various fabulous tastings that allowed us to assess, side by side, a great deal of wines made by the seven wineries in Haro’s Barrio de la Estación. We found tradition, modernity and a few surprises too.

Tastings 2015-09-23 11:09:46

Tastings

La Rioja Alta: The greatness of Gran Reserva through the decades

Amaya Cervera | September 15th, 2015

Last week, Rioja producer La Rioja Alta held a landmark tasting to celebrate its 125th anniversary. Wines ranged from the legendary 1964 to 2001, which is regarded as the best vintage in modern times.

Tastings 2015-09-15 06:09:38

Wineries to watch

A walk through 21st century Cvne with Víctor Urrutia

Amaya Cervera | September 2nd, 2015

A legendary producer based in Haro’s Barrio de la Estación, Cvne is living a sweet moment backed by awards and recognition. Nevertheless, CEO Víctor Urrutia is far from relaxed.

Wineries to watch 2015-09-02 09:09:48

Tastings

Tio Pepe comes of age and proves its longevity

Cruz Liljegren | August 31st, 2015

Very old sherries are very hard to find, hence the tasting led by Antonio Flores at Taberna Der Guerrita in Sanlúcar de Barrameda this summer with selections from the 1940s was exceptional.

Tastings 2015-08-31 06:08:55

People

Xavier Ausàs: “I don’t forget that I’ve made a name thanks to Vega Sicilia”

Amaya Cervera | August 20th, 2015

The Spanish wine world has been rocked by the news of Xavier Ausàs departure from Vega Sicilia. SWL has talked to him about his time at this iconic winery and his plans for the future.

People 2015-08-20 03:08:09

Wineries to watch

El Maestro Sierra: a tale of courage and perseverance

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | August 4th, 2015

The founder was determined to overcome all kinds of difficulties to fulfill his dream of becoming a wine almacenista, so it is no surprise that this renowned sherry winery is managed by three women who excel at going against the tide.

Wineries to watch 2015-08-04 09:08:35

Recommended wines

31 wines to try in August

Amaya Cervera | July 31st, 2015

SWL picks 31 wines to try this summer, one for each day of August. Stay tuned —a new flight of exciting wines will be added to this piece every week.

Recommended wines 2015-07-31 07:07:11

Grapes

Garnacha, can a grape be sexy?

Amaya Cervera | July 23rd, 2015

A bit showy, definitely pleasing, and probably the tastiest red grape on earth, Garnacha is going through an exciting renaissance in Spain. SWL cheers to its success with this practical style guide.

Grapes 2015-07-23 09:07:59

Recommended wines

Eleven Albariño wines worth waiting for

Amaya Cervera | July 9th, 2015

Albariño is much more than just a white grape from Spain. Despite expanding to other Galician regions beyond its Rías Baixas stronghold, Galicia’s white queen struggles for recognition for its ability to age.

Recommended wines 2015-07-09 06:07:53

Wineries to watch

Scala Dei recovers the heritage of Priorat's monks

Amaya Cervera | July 2nd, 2015

Currently working many of the Carthusian’s historic vineyards, Cellers Scala Dei produces single-vineyard Garnacha wines from sites where monks were present 400 years ago.

Wineries to watch 2015-07-02 09:07:19

Recommended wines

Our red -and white- picks from Priorat

Amaya Cervera | June 25th, 2015

During the three-day conference Espai Priorat held at the end of May we discovered a new trend towards fresher and more approachable styles in this steep, breathtaking region. Here is a selection of some favourites.

Recommended wines 2015-06-25 01:06:43

In depth

Priorat: is it all about terroir?

Amaya Cervera | June 16th, 2015

If it’s been a while since you last tasted a wine from Catalonia’s Priorat, you may be surprised by how much fresher and approachable the wines feel these days. With diversity on the rise, we embark on a journey to discover Priorat’s true character

In depth 2015-06-16 08:06:26

Wineries to watch

Txakoli comes of age

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | June 2nd, 2015

The evolution of this wine in the past 25 years has been considerable thanks in no small part to producers like Itsasmendi, who are unashamedly trying to put txakoli on a level with other great white wines.

Wineries to watch 2015-06-02 10:06:51

Tastings

Tasting natural, biodynamic and extreme Spanish wines

Amaya Cervera | May 25th, 2015

In a short period of time we have visited various tastings focused on biodynamic, natural and supposedly extreme wines. Here are our picks from what I call the “flip side” of the Spanish wine scene.

Tastings 2015-05-25 01:05:51

Recommended wines

Five Verdejo wines that tell a different story

Amaya Cervera | May 12th, 2015

Verdejo is a tremendously popular, easy-to-drink white wine that can be found almost everywhere in Spain. But Rueda’s native grape is also capable of producing some outstanding, distinctive whites. We select five that break down stereotypes.

Recommended wines 2015-05-12 09:05:28

Wineries to watch

Alejandro Fernández, making wine his own way since 1975

Amaya Cervera | May 4th, 2015

Which are the clues behind Pesquera’s unique reds? We visit Alejandro Fernández and talk to his friends and acquaintances to find out more about one of Ribera del Duero’s most uncompromising characters.

Wineries to watch 2015-05-04 10:05:53

People

A new generation of brave producers in Rioja (and II)

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | April 21st, 2015

They are young and talented and they all fight to get their wines to mirror the terroir they come from. This is the second part in the series about some of the figures shaping the future in Rioja.

People 2015-04-21 10:04:30

People

A new generation of brave producers in Rioja (I)

Amaya Cervera | April 8th, 2015

They are young, energetic and set on making wines in their own style. In this two-part piece, we talk to some of the new faces that are likely to shape the future of Rioja.

People 2015-04-08 06:04:30

Wineries to watch

Comando G rescues old Garnacha vines in Gredos

Amaya Cervera | April 2nd, 2015

Meet these young winemakers on a mission: to highlight the quality and potential of old Garnacha vines from the central Spanish Gredos mountains. Their light yet deep and mineral reds are the antithesis of Tempranillo.

Wineries to watch 2015-04-02 10:04:21

Wine regions

Toro: the land of hearty reds and old vines

Amaya Cervera | March 18th, 2015

If there is a Spanish wine region capable of enveloping your palate, that is certainly Toro. Its powerful reds are shaped, in no small part, by the pre-phylloxera vineyards found in this area.

Wine regions 2015-03-18 06:03:58

Tastings

Southern treasures (II): Pedro Ximénez

Amaya Cervera | March 9th, 2015

The second article of a two-part series about distinctive wines from Andalucía focuses on Montilla-Moriles PX, Spain’s most celebrated sweet wine made with dried grapes.

Tastings 2015-03-09 10:03:03

Wineries to watch

La Rioja Alta hails the revival of Gran Reserva wines

Amaya Cervera | March 3rd, 2015

As this legendary Rioja winery marks its 125 anniversary, we delve into the history and winemaking behind its famous Gran Reservas.

Wineries to watch 2015-03-03 07:03:32

News

Grape milestone: Spain unearths 210 new varieties

Amaya Cervera | February 18th, 2015

The joint work of 25 research centres and over 70 grape experts unveils a huge –hitherto unknown- varietal diversity in Spain.

News 2015-02-18 07:02:20

Tastings

Southern treasures (I): Manzanilla

Amaya Cervera | February 17th, 2015

We start a two-part feature focused on two fascinating wines from Andalucía in southern Spain: briny Manzanilla from Sanlúcar and the lovely cloying PX from Montilla-Moriles.

Tastings 2015-02-17 07:02:23

Wineries to watch

Emilio Rojo, the unconventional winegrower

Amaya Cervera | February 3rd, 2015

An unusual and unique character, Emilio Rojo is behind one of the most sought after whites in Spain of which roughly 5,000 bottles are produced each year.

Wineries to watch 2015-02-03 04:02:38

Tastings

Ten good value wines under €6

Amaya Cervera | January 26th, 2015

We have tasted some of the best selling wines in a well-known wine store in Madrid in search of great value wines to give your pockets an easier ride.

Tastings 2015-01-26 12:01:47

Recommended wines

Five unconventional whites to seek in 2015

Amaya Cervera | January 14th, 2015

Do you fancy tasting something really different in 2015? We suggest five Spanish whites that escape all conventional routes either by their novelty, exotic grapes or style.

Recommended wines 2015-01-14 11:01:10

Wineries to watch

Vega Sicilia, 150 years later

Amaya Cervera | January 5th, 2015

Vega Sicilia has been celebrating its 150th anniversary throughout 2014. We review the history of this legendary Spanish wine and ask owner Pablo Álvarez what has changed along the years.

Wineries to watch 2015-01-05 04:01:55

Recommended wines

Our favourite wines in 2014

Amaya Cervera | December 29th, 2014

The SWL team picks the wines (obviously Spanish) that have moved them most throughout the year. Many thanks to all contributors for sharing these highly personal choices.

Recommended wines 2014-12-29 10:12:01

People

Touching wine heaven with Vega Sicilia

Amaya Cervera | December 24th, 2014

We have asked some leading figures in the world of wine to recall their most enduring memories of Vega Sicilia on the year this legendary winery celebrates its 150th anniversary.

People 2014-12-24 01:12:31

Recommended wines

Our top cavas and sparkling wines for Christmas

Amaya Cervera | December 18th, 2014

After tasting our way through a great deal of top Cavas and some interesting newcomers in the Spanish fizz market, we list our favourites to toast over the Christmas holidays.

Recommended wines 2014-12-18 02:12:44

In depth

What’s all the fuss about Cava?

Amaya Cervera | December 9th, 2014

With some producers leaving the appellation and others seeking their own path, the regulatory board has announced a high-quality category for Cava. Despite the turmoil, there has never been so much diversity and good quality bubblies in Spain.

In depth 2014-12-09 03:12:52

Wineries to watch

Drinking sherry history at Emilio Hidalgo

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | December 2nd, 2014

Among its 3,200 casks, visitors can feel the efforts carried out by this winery to preserve tradition and the work of generations to maintain a style of wine, beyond fashion trends and business strategies.

Wineries to watch 2014-12-02 01:12:39

People

Zev Robinson films wine as an agricultural product

Amaya Cervera | November 24th, 2014

His documentaries eschew glamour and actively seek what lies beneath wine, often in isolated rural environments. For Robinson, wine is an agricultural product, not an object of desire.

People 2014-11-24 12:11:50

Grapes

Five exotic reds to mark Tempranillo Day

Amaya Cervera | November 13th, 2014

No matter whether it comes from Rioja, Ribera del Duero or Castilla-La Mancha… Tempranillo is what we Spaniards drink most often. Sounds boring? We hope these five reds bring some novelty to your palate.

Grapes 2014-11-13 10:11:26

Grapes

Tempranillo, the Spanish red superstar

Amaya Cervera | November 10th, 2014

Next Thursday, and subsequently every second Thursday in November, is International Tempranillo Day. Curiously enough, this celebration originated in the US but we thought it was a great opportunity to recall Tempranillo’s origins and styles of wines.

Grapes 2014-11-10 06:11:45

Wineries to watch

Marqués de Murrieta. Back to its glory days

Amaya Cervera | November 3rd, 2014

Located on the outskirts of Logroño, this legendary Rioja winery has been closed to the public since 2005, immersed in a comprehensive renovation of its historic buildings. The spectacular Ygay estate has finally reopened its doors to visitors.

Wineries to watch 2014-11-03 10:11:35

Vintages

The rain in Spain misses the plain

Amaya Cervera | October 27th, 2014

With few exceptions, 2014 has failed to be a relaxed harvest in Spain. Some of the best producers in the country give us their verdict and recall their sometimes stressful experiences.

Vintages 2014-10-27 08:10:24

Videos

Visiting Abadía Retuerta with Ángel Anocíbar

José Honorio | October 22nd, 2014

No doubt winemaker Ángel Anocíbar knows well the intricacies of Abadía Retuerta, in Ribera del Duero. That’s why we have asked him to show us around this beautiful winery.

Videos 2014-10-22 11:10:08

Basics

Everyone can be a Spanish wine lover

Amaya Cervera | October 13th, 2014

There are many good reasons to try Spanish wines. Diversity is number one - I’d bet that every wine lover could be captivated by a style of wine, a grape variety or a region in Spain.

Basics 2014-10-13 12:10:00

People

Jean-Guillaume Prats is a Spanish wine lover

Amaya Cervera | October 8th, 2014

The CEO of Estates & Wines, the LVMH luxury group’s wines division, visited Madrid last week for the launch of a new vintage of Numanthia. We got the chance to talk to him about Spanish wine.

People 2014-10-08 10:10:43

Wineries to watch

Alonso del Yerro, terroir-driven wines in Ribera

Amaya Cervera | October 6th, 2014

It is not easy to stand out in Ribera del Duero, neither to commit to quality in times of recession but after 10 years of hard work, Viñedos Alonso del Yerro have made a name for themselves among the most distinguished brands in the appellation.

Wineries to watch 2014-10-06 12:10:54

News

Wine & Culinary: Creativity vs conformity

Amaya Cervera | September 29th, 2014

Under the subject of Creativity and Market, the 2nd International Wine & Culinary Forum gathered leading wine and gastronomy professionals in an intense and inspiring day.

News 2014-09-29 10:09:10

Grapes

The highs and lows of grape varieties in Spain

Félix Cabello | September 27th, 2014

Which grape varieties are widely planted in Spain? Are there any fighting for survival? The last article in our grape patrimony series presents the figures

Grapes 2014-09-27 01:09:18

Grapes

Grenache soils in Spain

Amaya Cervera | September 22nd, 2014

Grenache is widely planted across Spain, where it grows in the most diverse type of soils. In this piece, Amaya Cervera digs up the most distinctive, explains where these soils are found and the kind of wines they produce.

Grapes 2014-09-22 09:09:39

Grapes

10 great-value reds to celebrate Grenache day

Amaya Cervera | September 18th, 2014

Next Friday Grenache wine lovers will be celebrating G-Day all over the word. Spanish wine lovers are very lucky to have fantastic Grenache-based reds offering outstanding value.

Grapes 2014-09-18 12:09:47

People

Peter Sisseck, portrait of a mature winemaker

Amaya Cervera | September 16th, 2014

This article is linked to the first post in our Photoblog. Pepe Franco is the author of an extensive photographic report about Peter Sisseck, the Danish winemaker behind Pingus in Ribera del Duero and a leading figure in Spanish wine.

People 2014-09-16 10:09:36

Grapes

I say Malvasía, You say Rojal

Félix Cabello | September 13th, 2014

Historical errors abound when it comes to identifying grape varieties. Chilean Carmenère was thought to be Merlot and Albariño vines planted in Australia turned out to be Savagnin. Spain has also suffered some mix-ups with Albillo and Malvasía vines.

Grapes 2014-09-13 09:09:18

Grapes

How many grapes are there in Spain?

Félix Cabello | August 23rd, 2014

In a three-part series, our grape expert Félix Cabello writes about three key areas of a study carried out in Spain over the last years: number of grape varieties, some conflicting issues around them which have now been resolved and vineyard ranking.

Grapes 2014-08-23 03:08:27

Wineries to watch

Belondrade, 20 years standing up for whites

Amaya Cervera | August 21st, 2014

A pioneer in Rueda, Belondrade has celebrated its 20th anniversary uncorking wines dating back to 2001, thus showing an endless obsession with making the best possible Verdejo whites.

Wineries to watch 2014-08-21 03:08:19

Basics

A practical glance at Spain's wine regions

Amaya Cervera | August 19th, 2014

I’ve tried to draw a mental map that divides Spain's main wine regions by style and type of wine. I hope it can be used as a practical guide to confront the shelves of your local wine store in a more relaxed way.

Basics 2014-08-19 12:08:16