Tag: Spain

A bit of all white

Belondrade y Lurton has been deftly showcasing its enthusiasm for the Verdejo grape since 1994. Here the winery’s technical director and oenologist, Marta Baquerizo Mesonero-Romanos, discusses its unusual approach to crafting a white wine of immense refinement and complexity. Didier Belondrade came across the Verdejo grape in 1992, and saw the incredible potential for a […]

Breathing new life into old vines

As part of our annual spotlight on Spain, Buyer Will Heslop expounds upon a group of winemakers looking to the country’s historic vineyards for new inspiration and the ultimate expression of terroir. The seismic shift in Spanish winemaking over the past 50 years has been well-documented. Investment, technology and the changing global market have all played […]

Eat, drink and sleep: Rioja

With our focus firmly on Spain, Buyer Will Heslop offers an essential guide to planning a vinous adventure in Rioja, with tips on bodegas to visit, must-try dishes and where to stay. The quickest way to reach Rioja is to fly to Bilbao and drive due south – within an hour, you’re among the vineyards. […]

Spanish ageing explained

As we focus on all things Spanish, Spain Buyer Catriona Felstead MW de-codes three of the terms you’ll see on Spanish wine labels: Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva. Most of us are used to seeing the terms “Crianza”, “Reserva” or “Gran Reserva” on wine labels – but what do they actually mean? In Spain (unlike […]