Hidden gems of Spain: beyond Rioja

 Hidden Gems Of Spain

One in four UK wine drinkers say they regularly drink Spanish wine, with Rioja leading the way as the country’s favourite wine region. But while everyone loves the oaky, comforting embrace of a good Rioja, there’s a whole lot of other Spanish wines that deserve attention.

Bibendum wine buyer for Spain, Jamie Avenell, says, “To get the most out of Spain, you’ve got to look beyond the obvious. One of my favourites is Agricola Castellana’s Cuatro Rayas Verdejo, which is a refreshing alternative to Sauvignon.”

We’ve rounded up some of the unsung regions in central and North West Spain to bring you a tempting selection that is off the beaten track.

 

        
       

North West Spain, Ribeira Sacra
Adega Algueira

Adega Algueira is located in the middle of old oak and chestnut forests on the banks of the river Sil, originally settled by monks in the 12th century. Indigenous grape varieties are grown biodynamically before being hand-harvested and fermented using wild yeasts. Luis Guttierez was particularly impressed with the Pizarra, which he awarded 93 points, describing it as “great Mencia, as good as it gets!”

  
    

Castilla y Leon, Rueda
Agricola Castellana

Agricola Castellana is the largest co-op in Rueda and they’ve been producing wine for 75 years, with access to some of the region’s oldest vines. Under the Cuatro Rayas label, Castellana concentrates on Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc, which in a region with extreme temperature variations and stony, dusty soil, reflect the terroir’s unique and complex characteristics.

  
    

Madrid
Bernabeleva

Bernabeleva’s vineyards date back to the 1920s and are still planted with traditional grapes. The Navaherreros Garnacha is made from handpicked Grenache sourced from every vineyard on the estate, to fully express the area’s terroir. The Navaherreros Blanco combines traditional grapes Albillo and Macabeo, which are handharvested before being vinified in French oak barrels and aged on the lees for added complexity.

  

Take a look in our Trade List  or browse our products online to discover these Spanish regions and more.

Date:
13th March 2017


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