In the vineyards of Jerez and Sanlucar

I’ve just spent three days exploring Sherry – and working on a story about how the region is rediscovering its past, when Jerez and Sanlucar made vineyard-based wines. I’ve learned a great deal and met some inspiring people. For now, some pictures from the vineyards.

A profile showing what’s under the surface of Albariza

Some affordable, tasty Riojas

I’ve recently been doing some tastings for my Sunday Express column, and I’ve been reminded how good and affordable some Rioja can be. Of course, as with any major wine region, not everything is good, but this seems to be a region that every now and then throws up really interesting wines with some maturity […]

Suertes del Marques, an amazing winegrower in Tenerife, Spain

Jonatan Garcia

Jonatan Garcia is the dude behind Suertes del Marques, one of Spain’s most exciting producers. They are based in the Orotava Valley, in the north of Tenerife. Jonatan’s father started buying vineyards here in 1986, and now they have 9 hectares of their own, two hectares that are rented, and they also buy […]

Javi Revert: naturally made wines from Valencia, Spain

Javi Revert works as a winemaker at Celler del Roure in Valencia, Spain, but he also moonlights, making his own wine. He has discovered some old, terraced sites at altitude (the climate here is very warm), which at the time were planted with field blends. The soils here are rich in limestone and he’s chosen […]

Interesting, vineyard-specific wines from Bodegas Vegalfaro in Spain's Utiel-Requena

These three wines are from an ambitious producers in one of Spain’s lesser known wine regions, Utiel-Requena. There is a lot of history here. Back as far ago as the fifth century BC, the locals trod grapes into basins carved into rock (this seems to have been quite common in Spain), and the juice released would […]

Paso-Primero: good affordable wines from Somontano, Spain

Paso-Primero is a Somantano wine company run by Thomas and Emma Holt. They hail from Shropshire (England) and previously made wine in Niagara, Canada, but they found that the winters there were just a bit too harsh for them. So they relocated to Spain, to the Somontano region in the foothills of the Pyrenees. As […]

Visiting Zarate with Eulogio Pomares, one of the most exciting producers in Rías Baixas, Spain

Zarate is a family winery based in Meaño, in the Salnés Valley in Rías Baixas. Since the 1950s this winery has been an important player in working with the Albariño variety. Back then, most of the wines in the region were red, but such has been the success with Albariño, the region is now 99% […]

A Sherry seminar: eight epic biologically aged Sherries

Yesterday I did a seminar on biological ageing and the importance of vineyard site in Sherry. It involved eight different, and rather beautifully aged biologically aged Sherries. These are sherries matured under a layer of yeast known as the flor, that sits on the surface of the wine in an incompletely filled barrel. Flor is […]

Visiting the spectacular Ribeira Sacra region with Envinate

Alfonso and Roberto

Envinate began with four friends, who met studying wine at university, near Alicante. They decided to form a wine company together, and are now making some of Spain’s most exciting wines, with a focus on Ribeira Sacra and the Canary Islands.

I met with two of them, Alfonso Torrente and Roberto Santana, to […]

Valdespino Manzanilla Deliciosa En Rama 2018 bottling

This is the 2018 bottling of the Valdespino single vineyard Manzanilla Deliciosa En Rama. It’s from six casks of the Manzanilla Deliciosa Solera, which comes from the Pago de Miraflores vineyard in Sanlucar de Barrameda, and it is bottled ‘en rama’ straight from the cask.

Unusually for a sherry producer, Valdespino own 750 hectares of their own […]