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Alvear and Envínate: a winning alliance in the heart of Andalucía

Amaya Cervera | October 3rd, 2017

A decade ago, it would have been unthinkable to see the oldest producer in Andalucía joining forces with a group of maverick winemakers. But after a satisfying partnership in Extremadura, Alvear and Envínate have renewed their entente in Montilla.

Wineries to watch 2017-10-03 10:10:27

Wineries to watch

Matías i Torres, in the vanguard of quality wine in La Palma

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | September 6th, 2017

Fifth generation of a winegrowing family based on this island of The Canaries, Victoria Torres fights to preserve the vineyards of this Biosphere Reserve and bring a fresh look to her wines, which reflect the special place where they are born.

Wineries to watch 2017-09-06 11:09:19

Wineries to watch

Rioja through the eyes of veteran winemaker Basilio Izquierdo

Amaya Cervera | August 3rd, 2017

Almost in his 70s, Basilio Izquierdo is full of energy. After three decades in Cvne, he set up his own small wine business in 2007. Last month we attended a 10th anniversary party with other wine lovers and some of his famous classmates from Bordeaux

Wineries to watch 2017-08-03 08:08:15

Wineries to watch

Nin Ortiz family: living a biodynamic life in Priorat

Amaya Cervera | July 4th, 2017

Ester Nin and Carles Ortiz love each other and love growing vines on the steep slopes of Porrera, one of Priorat’s most rugged landscapes. Their lives revolve around the vineyards and wines all year round.

Wineries to watch 2017-07-04 07:07:04

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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