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
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
The term 'Crianza' is used to denote the ageing of wines in oak barrels and in bottles. That is how it is defined by Spanish legislation. This word stipulates the minimum periods of time a wine must remain in the barrel in order to be able to feature the term 'Crianza' on its label and the use of oak recipients of a certain capacity (up to 330 … [Read more...] about Finca Montepedroso: Aged On The Lees!
The grape harvest in the Rueda region is the earliest of the Familia Martínez Bujanda vineyards. Finca Montepedroso is a winery surrounded by 25 hectares of vineyards on a plateau at an altitude of 750 metres; the harvesting is fairly uniform as is the ripening of the grapes. As a matter of fact, in just three or four days, spread over two weeks, … [Read more...] about Finca Montepedroso: the grapes are now in the winery
Spain, and the old world in general, broadly distinguish themselves from what are known as emerging vine growing techniques; those of the new world due to their history, winemaking tradition and the development of designations of origin. In other words, the origin is a primary characteristic of old world wines, whilst outside Europe the commitment … [Read more...] about Verdejo: the grape from the Rueda region and the variety of Finca Montepedroso