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The challenges of starting up as a wine producer (and II)

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | March 22nd, 2023

In this second part, we talk to the protagonists of two mentoring projects in Labastida, one run by Bodegas Tierra and the other initiated by Telmo Rodríguez in Remelluri.

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Spanish terroirs

The challenges of starting up as a wine producer (I)

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | March 14th, 2023

Taking on the adventure of making wine requires hard work, passion and, of course, money. Even if they own a vineyard, it is not easy for most newcomers to get started in a field that Rioja producer Abel Mendoza describes as "the business of happiness”

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Spanish terroirs

Llanos Negros, a Malvasía grand cru in the island of La Palma

Amaya Cervera | September 13th, 2022

There are fewer than 15 hectares on the lapilli that fell during the eruption of the San Antonio volcano in 1677, but the Malvasia wines that emerge from this black soil caressed by the sea breeze have great opulence and character.

Spanish terroirs 2022-09-13 04:09:11

Spanish terroirs

Montilla-Moriles whites: a renewed vision of terroir

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | March 16th, 2022

The historic greatness of the wines of Montilla-Moriles lies in the biologically and oxidative aged Pedro Ximénez wines, but the future of this Andalusian region is also likely to involve its new terroir-based white wines.

Spanish terroirs 2022-03-16 08:03:35

Spanish terroirs

Soria: where old vines make a difference in Ribera del Duero

Amaya Cervera | May 18th, 2021

The most remote province in the eastern end of Ribera del Duero is attracting the interest of many wineries in search of cool climate vineyards. Last year, an association of local producers was launched to champion Soria’s amazing old vine heritage.

Spanish terroirs 2021-05-18 06:05:20

Spanish terroirs

Mead: from Game of Thrones to sharing a space with wine in restaurants

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | March 23rd, 2021

Moncalvillo Meadery, the new project of the Echapresto family (Venta Moncalvillo, La Rioja), in partnership with winemaker Sergio Sáenz, equates this honey and water-based drink with wine. Both are served side by side in their starred restaurant.

Spanish terroirs 2021-03-23 12:03:55

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.

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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.

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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

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

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.

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