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The terroir, or the influence of a unique environment on a wine’s traits

As a wine enthusiast, you must have heard the word ‘terroir’ many times, since it is one of the most widely used – though not always understood – wine-related words. What does the term ‘terroir’ mean exactly? The French word ‘terroir’ refers to the set of factors affecting the crops, such as the type of soil and terrain, the climate, the … [Read more...] about The terroir, or the influence of a unique environment on a wine’s traits

Veraison: when grapes change colour

The grapevines in a vineyard have a typical growth cycle, each stage showing its own, peculiar, characteristics. Today, we will describe what is known as ‘veraison’, a French word used to describe the colour change of wine grapes, as they transition each summer from green to purple or pale yellow. Actually, veraison marks the onset of ripening, … [Read more...] about Veraison: when grapes change colour

Finca Valpiedra and its special natural setting

It comes as no surprise that La Rioja is Spain’s wine-growing region par excellence. Its climate and geographical features, as well as its vine-growing tradition, make it the ideal place to make the finest wines. One of our wineries, Finca Valpiedra, stands on a land that is as peculiar as the quality of its wines requires. It lies in the heart … [Read more...] about Finca Valpiedra and its special natural setting

Respecting the environment for the present and future of the vineyards

When we look at the future of viticulture, at potential technical and production improvements, we should consider the environment. All farming activities consist in the exploitation of natural resources in a sustainable fashion, and thus biodiversity is one of the most important elements in grape growing. In any ecosystem, greater biodiversity … [Read more...] about Respecting the environment for the present and future of the vineyards

Pick a wine tour for this Easter Week

With Easter Week approaching, a good way to spend a few days off is to go on a wine tour. If you are interested in the world of wine, a wine tour could be the perfect holiday. You have plenty of wine-producing regions and wineries in Spain to choose from, and a host of wines to taste across the country. Wine tours offer a great chance to … [Read more...] about Pick a wine tour for this Easter Week

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