We would love you to join us at a very special party in Lavinia wine store in Madrid on October 5h. Some of our favourite producers will be present (we have written plenty about them on our website) and there will be a few tapas, good music and the odd surprise. We will of course be there and will be delighted to greet you in person over a glass of wine.
The excellent events team and Lavinia’s sommeliers will ensure that everything works according to plan at the party, which will be held at their central store on Ortega y Gasset street in Madrid.
Around two dozen top Spanish producers will be at the party to show their wines, many of them new releases. There will also be a surprise draw, a gift to the best party photo published on social media with our hashtag #LaviniaSWL and your chance to get a free Lavinia member card (worth €10) that entitles holders to discounts and special offers.
Tickets are on sale now at the very modest price of €25 so get yours and come along if you fancy drinking some lovely wine with a bunch of Spanish Wine Lovers!
These are the producers who will join us at the #LaviniaSWL party:
Since 2006, Xurxo Alba is the visible face of Albamar, a small winery located in the River Umia estuary, in the heart of Galicia’s Rías Baixas. His idea of applying sustainable viticulture methods in the family’s two hectares of vineyards, planted mainly to Albariño and the odd red variety, is followed in the winery.
As well as the half-dozen wines he makes in Rías Baixas, Xurxo Alba makes two reds in Ribeira Sacra (Fusco) and Valdeorras (Ceibo).
Located in Serralada de Marina Natural Park, just 19 kilometres from Barcelona, Alta Alella is a beautiful amphitheatre-shaped property overlooking the Mediterranean. A family-owned venture, oenologist Josep María Pujol-Busquets founded it in 1991 and devoted himself to managing the vineyards organically from the very beginning.
The range is really large and includes some 20 different wines, half of which are cava. Natural wines are also made in limited amounts and with zero SO2 added. They are named after some of the birds found in the estate.
Alvar de Dios
Alvar de Dios inherited three hectares of ungrafted old vineyards planted by his grandfather in El Pego, a small village in Toro. These grapes were the basis of his first red, called Aciano, a fresh red with fine tannins which is a world away from the big bold red wines usually found in this region. As well as in Toro, Alvar decided to work in Arribes del Duero, a remote area bordering Portugal with indigenous varieties that have great potential for their freshness. He makes three wines in this region, two reds and a white.
Founded in 1729 by Don Diego de Alvear y Escalera, it is one of the oldest wineries in Spain and is currently managed by the seventh and eighth generation of the Alvear family.
The wines come from 150 hectares of family-owned Pedro Ximénez vineyards and from grapes purchased from 200 hectares controlled by local growers.
The family also makes red wines in Extremadura (Palacio Quemado) since the late 1990s. The arrival of Envínate as consultants proved so successful that their partnership continues in Montilla Moriles, where they make Tres Miradas, a set of seven wines to bring to light the different terroirs in Montilla.
In 2011, architect Javier Arizcuren took control of the 16 hectares of organic vines grown by his family in Quel (Sierra de Yerga, Rioja Baja). Planted to Mazuelo (Carignan) and Garnacha, they are aged between 30 and 120 years and mostly head-pruned.
Javier will be at the party with three vintages of Solomazuelo: 2015, 2016 and 2017 in amphorae (new release)
Borja Pérez Viticultor
When he launched Ignios Orígenes, Borja knew that the basis of his project in northern Tenerife had to be the special features of the island: the Atlantic climate and Alysian winds and its local varieties such as white Marmajuelo and reds Listán Negro, Baboso Negro and Vijariego worked with low yields to obtain quality wines.
Borja owns 5.5 hectares and works with two more which are rented from local farmers.
Paco and Pepe Blanco are two mayetos (vignerons) who own a little over 28 hectares in the Sherry region, with vineyards in Macharnudo, Añina, Callejuela and El Hornillo. In 1997 they chose this pago to build their winery, which has a lagar for pressing the grapes and a bottling line and is surrounded by vines (mostly Palomino) planted on albariza soils.
The arrival of winemaker Ramiro Ibáñez as consultant pushed them to make new wines such as the series Manzanilla de Añada 2012 Callejuela 1/11, single-vineyard and single-vineyard Palomino with no added alcohol.
Camino del Norte
After being sales director for several wineries, Luis Miguel Fernández decided to launch his own project in Bierzo alongside his winemaker friend Raúl Pérez.
Together they male three wines in the region, all of them in limited numbers: a white Godello (La Patena) and two red Mencías (El Tesón y El Soradal) sourced from their own vineyards and grown on small plots in Valtuille.
Celler del Roure
The Calatayud family, with no previous wine tradition, started planting Tempranillo and some international varieties but after discovering the local Mandó grape, an early ripening, fresh variety, they decided to plant it extensively in their vineyards of Moixent (Valencia). Their Mandó-based range Parotet is fermented in the old stone lagares of this winery before being aged in large clay vessels (tinajas).
Pablo Calatayud will present at the party the new vintage of his red Safrà (2017) as well as a new wine called Les Prunes Blanc de Mandó.
Cillar de Silos & Dominio del Pidio
This winery belongs to the Aragón family who launched it in the 1990s in the middle of a major boom in Ribera del Duero —1995 was the first vintage with their brand Cellar de Silos. The family owns 70Ha under vine; most of them are located in Quintana itself. New vines are being planted, including seven hectares in 2017 using cuttings from local vineyards.
Their latest project, Dominio del Pidio, favours a return to traditional winemaking in Ribera del Duero with fermentations in concrete vats (winemaker Óscar Aragón believes it has considerable impact in the style of the wine), the addition of small amounts of white Albillo to reds and wine ageing in ancient underground cellars.
The Aragón brothers also make a very fresh and easy-to-drink wine in their native region (Arlanza) which will also be available for tasting at the party.
Despite its youth, Comando G is key to understand the current success of Garnachas from Gredos, a region which spreads across three valleys and three autonomous communities in central Spain.
With a clearly Burgundian approach in style and a clear idea of the wines they want to make, Daniel Jiménez-Landi and Fernando García have placed Gredos on the Spanish fine wine map.
They make Garnacha wines from the three valleys in this mountainous region near Madrid -Alto Alberche, Alberche and Tiétar- where they have recovered some very high and hard to reach vineyards and are trying to extend the growing cycle in order to slow down ripening. Fermentations are carried out with stems, extractions are soft and ageing is done with lees in large wooden vats.
De la Riva - Ramiro Ibáñez & Willy Pérez
Although the deny being part of any revolution, Willy and Ramiro are the most dynamic and non-conformist duo in the Sherry Triangle right now. They have a deep knowledge of the soils and history of the region’s greatest vineyards and they are focused on recovering the identity of their native land, which has witnessed glorious moments but also real decadence.
As well as running their own wineries, they recently partnered to launch De La Riva, a joint project to recover old styles of sherry from selected vineyards sharing a historic coherence. Some of these wines are sold out, but Willy and Ramiro will bring bottles from their personal collection to share with those of you who come to the Spanish Wine Lover party.
Dominio del Bendito
Frenchman Antony Terryn is one of Toro’s fiercest defenders — he is utterly captivated by its “exceptional” heritage of old, ungrafted vines. He favours sandy soils as the best way to achieve finesse. No wonder most of his vines are located in renowned Pago La Jara, south of Toro.
Terryn grows around 22 hectares of vines, 15 of which are his own. One of the few winemakers in the area employing cement vats, he describes his winemaking style as “simple and intuitive”, but acknowledges resorting to technology when needed.
El Escocés Volante
Flying winemaker and Master of Wine Norrel Robertson -known in Spain as the Flying Scotsman- settled in Calatayud in 2003 to manage his winemaking commitments in Spain and southern France. He was so enthralled by the wealth and diversity of Garnacha in Spain, especially in the northeastern Aragón region –where soil, altitude and sun exposure combine in myriad ways– that he ended up with his very own Garnacha project.
Norrel will bring to the party his Manda Huevos white and a couple of new wines: El Mondongo and El Cismático.
Hidalgo’s philosophy is focused on maintaining the family legacy and a style of making and blending wine in the cellar beyond fashion trends and business strategies.
Their fino La Panesa is one of the most renowned examples of this style in the Sherry Triangle for its depth and character and its 15 years of biological ageing. The rest of the range follows the tradition of long ageing periods and old soleras.
The following wines will be available to taste at the party: La Panesa, El Tresillo, Marqués de Rodil and the olorosos Villapanés and Gobernador.
Alfonso Torrente, José Ángel Martínez, Laura Ramos and Roberto Santana met while studying Oenology at the University of Alicante and discovered they shared the same vision about wine. As a result, they founded Envínate, a venture combining wine consulting and their own range of wines, most of which are made in regions where they work as consultants.
in a short period of time, they have pioneered a new way of making wine in Spain. They are great advocates of fresh, Atlantic-style wines that reflect local soils and grape varieties. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that their two most important projects are in the Canary Islands and in Galicia’s Ribeira Sacra, but they also make wines in Extremadura and Almansa, two little-known regions where they’ve managed to make juicy, fresh wines which are great value for money.
Fedellos do Couto & Peixes da Rocha
Curro Bareño and Jesús Olivares recently launched Peixes da Rocha in Valdeorras, where they are free to explore the geography of Bibei, an area they are familiar with from their project Fedellos de Couto in neighbouring Ribeira Sacra. At this side of the river, vineyards are found around Viana do Bolo, south of As Ermidas and outside of the DO Valdeorras region. Red (Mencía, Gran Negro, Mouratón, Tintorera, Bastardo) and white varieties are grown (Godello, Dona Blanca, Palomino) in small plots with head pruned vines.
Both their Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras wines are outside the appellation so they have more freedom to mix grape varieties from both sides of the river.
Ismael Gozalo is renowned for the white and natural wines he makes under the brand MicroBio. They are imported into France by non other than Jean-François Ganevat, the legendary natural wine producer from Jura.
These wines are born from 27 hectares of family vineyards in Nieva (Segovia), an area with a large concentration of pre-phylloxera and ungrafted vines which escaped the plague and allow Gozalo to have a multidimensional approach to Verdejo. He makes pét-nats, wines fermented and aged in clay tinajas as an orange wine and without skins, and he works with cloudy musts in a reductive environment or aged in glass demijohns. In his expense range, some wines are more fruit-focused while others feel sharper and more mineral.
Pepe Mendoza Casa Agrícola
One of the most respected winemakers in southeast Spain, Pepe Mendoza is well-known for being the driving force behind Enrique Mendoza, the family winery.
His latest project is Casa Agrícola, a very personal project launched alongside his wife Pepa Agulló.
The couple owns and rents 24 hectares of dry-farmed, head-pruned vines vineyards. Most of them are in Alto Vinalopó, inland in Alicante, but grapes are also sourced from La Marina Alta, a traditional Moscatel region close to the sea.
Pepe will bring his first two Casa Agrícola wines (white and red) as well as his Pureza orange 2017 and a tinaja sample of Merseguera-Moscatel Velo Flor 2017, which is not yet for sale.
With his wines, Juan Antonio Ponce is one of the producers who is helping to dignify the image of Manchuela, an area dominated by where bulk wine and cooperatives. He returned here after working with Telmo Rodríguez to get the best out of the family vineyards, planted to Bobal, and others with rare varieties such as Moravia and Albilla which he has recovered to make “clean, pure, simple, direct wines with no make-up”.
The family owns around 17 hectares of vines but works around 40 in plots that do not exceed 2.5 hectares. All of them are vinified separately.
Ronsel do Sil
Founded in 2010, Ronsel do Sil makes quality wines in the DO Ribeira Sacra. They have two hectares of vineyards, part owned and part rented to local growers, where Mencía, Merenzao, Godello, Treixadura and Dona Blanca are grown. All of the vineyards on the steep hills of this region in Galicia are harvested by hand.
They have recently planted a garden with local varieties by their winery, an old refurbished lagar on the banks of the river Sil.
Born from the partnership of four friends -David González and Juan Antonio Leza (both also at Gómez Cruzado in Rioja), distributor Luis Martín and winemaker Bécquer Prieto- this project is based in Covarrubias, the westernmost part of the DO Arlanza with vineyards at an elevation of over 1,000 m. They work with old vines, quite abundant in the region, in a landscape of terraced vineyards that usually share the space with cherry trees and other fruit trees.
They make two wines in Covarrubias: the red El Temido, a field blend of Tempranillo, Mencía, Garnacha and other varieties which is partly aged in concrete eggs, and a white with good ageing potential that is a field blend of all the grapes varieties in the vineyards and picked when Albillo is ripe.
Lauren Rosillo is known for his work as chief winemaker at Familia Martínez Bujanda, but this is his personal project, based on a remote village with 400 inhabitants located on the slate mountains of Málaga’s Axarquía.
At Sedella he makes a couple of reds with Garnacha and a little-known variety called Romé as well as a field blend of local white grapes. Draft animals, roman ploughs and old techniques are used to work the land. Vineyards are organically certified and copper treatments are discarded. These wines are made in very small quantities and with little intervention.
Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso started their own project in 1998 and settled in Ollauri with the purpose of making wines in a style that has always been clear to them: Valenciso Reserva comes from Tempranillo old vines planted in Rioja Alta where sustainable or “reasoned” viticulture practices are observed. Wines are aged for 16 months in French oak barrels of which a third are renewed each year.
Valenciso also makes a barrel-fermented white. It is a blend of Viura and Garnacha Blanca, which adds a richer texture.
Brothers Xabier, Iñaki and Mikel Sanz started this project with a 2007 Graciano but they almost immediately partnered with their friend Rafael Regadera who showed them the great potential of recovering old Garnacha vineyards in Fitero, southern Navarra.
Viña Zorzal currently owns and grows 40 hectares, 25 of which are traditional Garnacha bush vines; the remaining land is planted with Graciano and Tempranillo, some Garnacha Blanca and Chardonnay. Wines are made at the family winery in Corella.