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Traditional wine production; the temperature is key (I)

Craft beer is experiencing a worldwide boom and the widespread availability of home brewing kits has transformed this practice into a real passion for many people. Domestic winemaking is less popular, although it is not as complicated as it might seem if you follow a series of specific steps which are not that different to the process used in any … [Read more...] about Traditional wine production; the temperature is key (I)

A sensational harvest for Finca Valpiedra in one of the toughest years for the region of Rioja

It is hard to forget the faces of the vine-growers after a disaster such as that which took place on April 28th in La Rioja, on Saint Prudence’s Day. The frost destroyed much of the work that had been done, and seriously jeopardised the future work of hundreds of vine-growers and wineries; since the consequences of such a severe frost not only … [Read more...] about A sensational harvest for Finca Valpiedra in one of the toughest years for the region of Rioja

Fewer, but great wines from Familia Martínez Bujanda in Rueda, La Rioja and La Mancha

Working flat out, starting significantly earlier than last year, yet sooner than a normal campaign, the harvest at Familia Martínez Bujanda is almost complete in La Mancha.  At Finca Antigua, where we started with the Muscatel on August 11th, we expected to finish by the middle of September.  Harvest is now over in the Rueda region; at Finca … [Read more...] about Fewer, but great wines from Familia Martínez Bujanda in Rueda, La Rioja and La Mancha

A barrel-aged wine, please… Moving towards recognising the origin of wines

The opinion leader and “Master of Wine”, Tim Atkin, resorted to using the metaphor of the 'Sleeping lion' - a crag in the Sierra de Cantabria mountain range which takes this shape when viewed from Logroño – in order to describe the current situation of the La Rioja denomination of origin and of Spanish wine. The 'lion' is stirring and, for example, … [Read more...] about A barrel-aged wine, please… Moving towards recognising the origin of wines

Very high expectations for the harvest despite the frosts and drought

The 2017 vintage will be remembered as one of the most difficult of the twenty-first century. Heavy frosts have caused a significant drop in production in the northern half of Spain as well as in other European countries such as France and Italy. Furthermore, the drought, which has practically dragged on since spring last year, is also affecting … [Read more...] about Very high expectations for the harvest despite the frosts and drought

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