Sunday, 20 January 2008

Wine Tasting Event

Wine growers Fabio and Juan hosted a tasting of their organically-grown wines for this season. The event took place at the Patio de Maravillas, a former school that had been abandoned for seven years and was “occupied” last summer and turned into an “autonomously governed multi-purpose space.”

This year they have produced a white wine (Airén grapes), a young red (Tempranillo grapes) and a red wine aged in American and European oak barrels. All last year's production has been sold, and the coming season's wine is already assigned to customers, even before it's produced.

View of the wine testers in the patio de Maravillas

Last year they increased production from 250 to 1200 vines (70% white grapes, 30% red) in the vineyards at Carabaña and moved the winery to Ambite. Production follows organic farming principles and no chemicals are added to the wine, even when this is permitted by regulations. We all tasted the three types of wine, guided by José an oenologist (wine expert) of Bodegas Tagonius, in Tielme, so as to appreciate the finer points. This year they plan to plant and/or graft new vines in the vineyard, where the vine is dead, wild or missing altogether. There are about 250-300 still to do.

There was printed documentation available but unfortunately only on paper; let's hope that this year they get around to putting it on the Web so everyone can read it.

1 comment:

Fabio said...

Hi Alan,
Nice article :), and glad you could come to the tasting. It was our first one, and we enjoyed it so much that we're planning to do more!
We're also planning to put 'wine stuff' on the web. In fact it's one of my main tasks for this year.
Fabio