Tag: Spain

Let’s talk Tempranillo

Best known for producing the wines of Rioja, Tempranillo is a grape with many faces. Here Buyer Catriona Felstead MW talks through the varied styles it produces in Spain and further afield Glorious Tempranillo is Spain’s flagship grape variety. In its traditional heartland, it is revered for its contribution to rich, deep Riojas; structured and […]

Tracking Txakoli

As a new bottle from the Basque country lands on our list, Buyer Will Heslop recounts a trip to the region, combining a dose of Bilbao’s best pintxos with a short detour to Bodega Gorosti, the source of our first Txakoli We met at Gatwick at 6.30am. As my companions – my girlfriend Laurie and […]

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 […]