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A Barcelona day trip to Cava and Penedès?

Thursday 15th August 2013 - By Janey Gilbert

Torres Santa Margarida Agulladolç Estate in Penedès
Torres Santa Margarida Agulladolç Estate in Penedès

Prefer to be completely stress free for a wine visit? Then a trip on the Catalunya Bus Turistico to explore some vineyards to the South of Barcelona in Cava & Penedes is a good option! The Cava and Penedès DO both have their headquarters in Vilafranca del Penedès with the vineyards centred between Tarragona and Barcelona.

Half day Wine and Cava Route with Catalunya Bus Turistico - €59.00.

The ticket includes a guided tour and tasting of different wines at Jean León Winery, steeped in Hollywood glamour, a tour and combined tasting (cheeses and wines) at Bodegues Torres, and learn about Miquel Torres, one of Spain’s great winemaking pioneers and then culminating with a tasting of different Cavas and brunch at Caves Freixenet, one of the major names of Cava .

Alternatively, Can Rafols dels Caus would provide a delightful morning or afternoon visit. Among the best sources of both organically farmed Penedès and Cava, the whites are particularly striking with a piercing minerality present in all.  Around 15 kms inland from the Mediterranean the vineyards are within the traditional boundaries of the Garraf National Park. A  €15 tour taking up to 2 hours will take you from grape to wine with a tasting of two wines and a Cava, accompanied by locally-made cured meats, cheese, country-style bread and olive oil made on the estate. The original farmhouse dates back to Roman times.

Get details here www.canrafolsdelscaus.com/en/where-we-are.htm

Visiting Barcelona?

Thursday 15th August 2013 - By Janey Gilbert

 Looking across to Barcelona from the Alta Alella vineyards
Looking across to Barcelona from the Alta Alella vineyards

If you are visiting Barcelona in August or September we bring you three wine travel blogs with some ideas.

There is much to do in Barcelona however, if you feel like a break for half a day, perhaps combining this with exploring further afield, there are two producers well worth a visit in the small coastal DO of Alella, just to the north of Barcelona. There is increasing urban encroachment. Established in 1956, the area under vine of around 300 ha, is now only around a third of the original land planted. The vineyards stretch from the coast inland to higher altitudes. You can find the full profiles of all the producers mentioned in the blogs in España Vino.

Alta Alella

This nineteenth-century estate produces an extensive range of organic wines as well as a number of Cavas. Located 2 km from the Mediterranean between the towns of Alella and Tiana it is the closest cellar to Barcelona, just 20 minutes from the city centre. From one of their higher vineyards you can see the sea. Yoga and wine tasting? Yes! Have a look at the various options on their website here - www.altaalella.cat/en/visites/. There are simple tours walking through the vineyards then tasting, as well as various workshops and tastings.

Contact details: Tel +34 93 461 37 20 or email from their website - www.altaalella.cat/en/contactar/

Parxet/Marqués de Alella

Since 1920, Parxet has been producing Cava in the Alella region. It is home to the Pansa Blanca grape variety planted in granite based Sauló soils. To enjoy their Cava is a treat! If you have time and are hiring a car, a gastronomic tasting at Parxet, which combines exclusive foods with their wines would be an enjoyable and informative diversion. This takes place in their Can Matons farmhouse, next to their cellar in Santa Maria de Martorelles, itself surrounded by the vineyards.

To arrange a visit to the cellar call Tel +34 630119112 or email: info@parxet.es

The website is informative and highlights the passion of the Raventós family who have produced wine for around 500 years. www.parxet.es/en/

Wine behind the label

Thursday 1st August 2013 - By David Moore

Wine behind the labelAs well as writing the wine guides España Vino and the soon to be published Le Midi Vin, David Moore is also one of the original co-authors and joint editors of Wine behind the label, a definitive guide to the worlds best wine producers.

The 9th edition will also be available to buy here in the autumn at an attractive price. Sign up for our free monthly newsletter on the homepage to ensure you get an early notification along with details of all our other wine and wine travel guides.

Wines and wineries of the week: Domaine Rotier

Thursday 1st August 2013 - By David Moore

Domaine Rotier - Gaillac

To give you a taste of what to expect in our new southern French guide, Le Midi Vin, we are doing several French as well as Spanish wine and winery blog reviews.

This is one of the better properties in the Gaillac appellation in South-West France. Gaillac is situated just to the north of Toulouse with vineyards on both the left and right banks of the river Tarn. The appellation is also noteworthy for a very diverse range of wine styles and a number of rare indigenous grape varieties. Reds, whites and rosés are all made and styles include dry, medium dry and sweet as well as some unusual sparklers.

Red and white are made from the 35 hectares farmed at Domaine Rotier and the property is an important source of top quality reds. Entry level wines take the Initiales label while more serious wines are labelled Gravels and Renaissance. Reds and whites under both brands are full of character and the whites include a richly flavoured sweet white “Renaissance Doux”.

Pride of place in the range though goes to the classy premium L’Âme red. The dark, spicy and nervy 2009 comes from the rare Duras and Braucol varieties which are planted on finely drained gravel terraces. It is a wine of rich texture and possessing an edgy minerality. Oak influence is minimised, with ageing in 400 litre barrels, just 20% of which are new.

2009 Gaillac – L’Âme rouge – 90pts /100

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You can visit the producers website here: www.domaine-rotier.com

Wines and Wineries of the Week

Thursday 1st August 2013 - By David Moore

Mar de Envero – Rias Baixas

AlbarinoThe Mar de Envero bodega was founded in 2007 by two partners, winemaker Miguel Angel Moreira who is a native of the area and Breixo Reymóndez. They produce two impressive and approachable whites both from the Albariño variety (check “Grapes” for more details).

After harvesting and pre-vinification the pressed fruit gets a cold soak to enhance primary fruit aroma and then this is followed by a cool fermentation and ageing on fine lees in stainless steel.

The Troupe is the more approachable of the two. In 2011 it was ripe and aromatic with opulent passion fruit and fresh, balancing acidity. The top wine, the Mar de Envero is more structured. The 2010 not only offered an impressive depth of zesty, peachy fruit but an intense mineral quality also.

2010 Rias Baixas – Mar de Envero – 89pts/100 – price guide - £15-17/$27-30 (locally a little less).  

2011 Rias Baixas – Troupe – 87pts /100 – price guide - £12-14/$23-26 (locally a little less).  

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You can visit the producers website here: www.mardeenvero.es

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