Bodega Benitos Santos
Benito Santos, named after the founder, who was a great proponent of the Albariño grape, and follower of minimal intervention in the cellar as to preserve purity of the grape aromas.They farm three small vineyards and the 5.64 ha Igrexario de Saiar, overlooked by a sixth-century Romanesque church is a great example of Albarino with its salty, mineral yet ample palate. The labels for the Godello and Mencia are decidedly eye catching!
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 2011 has all the quality attributes to seduce the discerning customers in search of genuine excitement from Mencia.
Cillar de Silos
A family owned domaine which is located in the heart of Ribera del Duero. A small bodega owned and run by the team of brothers and sister team of Oscár, Roberto and Amelia Aragón. They also manage the El Quintanal Estate in Rueda. They are suitably located for making both red and white wine, demonstrating all that is great about, respectively, Verdejo and Tempranillo as grape varieties.
BODEGA VINICOLA REAL
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.
Dynamic husband and wife Enrique and Elisa work their 27 old vine parcels with a determined passion for their land and the Garnacha grape. In just a few years the wines have become must have wines across the world. Wines that scream of identity and personality! San Martin de Unx is widely recognised as the one area in Navarra to grow superior Garnacha. The domain is both organic and biodynamic certified
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. These produce a wide variety of individual wines with distinctive labeling whilst 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 D’ OLIVARDOTS
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 using amphoras to age some of their wines.
In 1888, Manuel Raventós Doménech created a sparkling wine from Penedés featuring three native varieties: Xarel·lo, Macabeu and Parellada. Over a century later, the descendants are still a strong advocate for respect of the environment. They decided to leave the CAVA appelation 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 their excellent range of wines.
Since 1771, Bodegas Los Frailes has belonged to solely the family Velazquez to date. They are committed to producing wines that reflect the character of their terroir. 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. The winery is now fully biodynamic certified. A range of distinctive wine whose quality shine from the entry level to their flagship 1771 wine with some single vineyard wines making the most of the diversity of their soils.
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 require 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.