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What is vertical wine tasting?

At a wine tasting, you learn about the characteristics of different wines. There is more than one way of tasting wines. Vertical wine tastings, mostly attended by professional wine tasters, are an interesting way of evaluating the evolution of a single wine from different vintages from the same winery.

A horizontal wine tasting involves different wines from the same vintage. At a horizontal wine tasting, you will compare wines from different wineries, regions, grape varieties, etc., but produced in the same year. It can be a fun experience, where you will be encouraged to find the similarities and differences between wineries, wine regions, wine-making processes, etc. Vintages are not compared to one another in this type of event.

A vertical wine tasting involves the same wine, by the same winery, from different vintages. This way, you can trace the wine’s evolution over the years, identifying the features it developed (or lost) from one vintage to the next.

Vertical wine tastings include wines that have been made for many years, so that tasters can notice their evolution. At this type of technical tasting, professional wine tasters examine how well a wine tolerates storage and the differences in wine-making methods. Vertical tastings may go in either direction, from oldest to youngest wine or the other way round, depending on the purpose of the activity. However, tasters usually find it more helpful to sip the youngest wine first.

In its wine tours, Familia Martínez Bujanda hosts vertical tastings at Finca Montepedroso, a winery that makes DO Rueda wines. There are only a few wineries that age Verdejo whites for years and give wine lovers the possibility of tasting them. The vertical tastings at Finca Montepedroso include three vintages of the Finca Montepedroso Verdejo wine, aged on lees.

So now you know: if you would like to attend a vertical tasting, pay us a visit and learn more about our Finca Montepedroso wines in an unrivalled natural setting. Then you can come again with your family and friends! An unforgettable experience, only for wine buffs like you.

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