Raventos I Blanc – www.raventos.com – Organic Biodynamic
In 1888, Manuel Raventós Doménech creates a sparkling wine from Penedės with the three native varieties: Xarel·lo, Macabeu and Parellada. Over a century later, the descendants are still strong advocate of the respect of the environment. They decided to leave the CAVA appellation in their quest to produce world class sparkling wines that best express the quality of their terroir. Raventos I Blanc is certified biodynamic and highly respected the world over for producing excellent sparkling wines.
Benitos Santos – www.benitosantos.com
Benito Santos, named for the founder (in 1933), who was a great proponent of the Albariño grape, are followers of the vague concept of natural winemaking. They farm three small vineyards and the 5.64 ha Igrexario de Saiar, overlooked by a sixth-century Romanesque church, a great example of Albarino with its salty, mineral yet ample palate.
Finca Millara – www.fincamillara.com
Located high up in the hills in an outstanding setting, this finca is a secret jewel that through sheer devotion to the land has produced Mencia wines with real poise. The Finca Millara 2010 has all the quality attributes to seduce the discerning customers in search of genuine excitement from Mencia.
RIBEIRA DEL DUERO
Cillar de Silos – www.cillardesilos.com
A family owned domain which is located in the heart of Ribera del Duero. A small bodega owned and run by the brothers and sister team of Oscár, Roberto and Amelia Aragón. They also manage the El Quintanal Estate in Rueda. They are suitably located for both red and white wine making, demonstrating all that is great about, respectively, Verdejo and Tempranillo as grape varieties.
Bodegas Vinicol Real – www.vinicolareal.com – Organic
Bodegas Vinícola Real S.L. was founded in 1989 by Miguel Ãngel Rodríguez in Albelda de Iregua, a small village with a remarkable history whose roots extend far beyond the medieval times. Located in the Rioja Alta, Bodegas Vinicola Real might be better known for its flagship wine 200 Monges, but the Vina los Valles range of organic wines deserve looking into for they offer distinctive style of Rioja each focusing on the qualities of the local grapes. The wines are aged for part in French and American oak.
Domaine Lupier – www.domaineslupier.com – Organic – In conversion to biodynamic
Dynamic husband and wife Enrique and Elisa work their 27 old vine parcels with a true passion for their land and the Garnacha grape. Must have Navarra wines that scream of identity and personality! San Martin de Unx is widely recognised as the one area in Navarra to grow premium Garnacha.
Espelt Viticultores – www.espeltviticultores.com – Organic
This is a third generation family owned domain in the increasingly fashionable North Eastern part of Spain. Aptly led by Ana Espelt and her team this domain spreads over 200hectares with more vines being converted to organic certification each year. Individual wines with distinctive labeling yet serious in highlighting the uniqueness of both local terroir and grape varieties, such as Lledoner- be it blanco, negre or roig (Grenache white, noir or grey).
Vynes Olivardots – www.olivardots.com
Back in 2002 Carme Casacuberta and her husband Antoni decided to leave their routine life behind. After she trained as an oenologist, they settled in Capmany with the desire to produce wines with a real difference from their 7 hectares boutique domaine, where the diversity of their soils range from slate, gravel and Gresa; a mixture of sand and grey granite. These soils grow very old Carignan but also unusually, white Carignan. In the cellar, Carme practices minimal intervention with amphoras are used to age some of their wines.
Bodega Vegalfaro – www.vegalfaro.com – Organic
Utiel Requena is a medditeranean DO with a continental climate that confers maturity and acidity to the wines. Both Bobal and Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouchet) perfom well in this region. Both grapes natural intensity and fruit concentration need perfect understanding and careful handling, both in the vineyards and winery, which influenced the consequent decision to produce organic wines from the domaine. Hungarian or Terracota vessel are used to age and retain the elegance in the wines.
Casa Los Frailes – www.bodegaslosfrailes.com – Organic
Since 1771, Bodegas Los Frailes has belonged to the family Velazquez without any interruption. They are committed to produce wines that reflect the character of their terroir found in Valencia. In 1999 Bodegas Los Frailes undertook an ambitious project. First, a reorganisation of the vineyards bringing the utmost of their local variety, Monastrell. Second, returning to the traditional agriculture, they reconverted the whole production to organic farming methods. A range of distinctive wine whose quality shine from the enty level to their flagship 1771 wine.