Category Archives: WINE TOURISM

Wines from the East: Romania #wine #east #Romania

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Romania has a great wine tradition couvered by the excellent wines that it produces, some of which have won several international awards.

Some of the most famous and local variety are the called Grassa Cotnari, Feteasca alba or Feteasca regala. These are the variety of white golden yellow grape from which the best Romanian wines are elaborated.

Besides having their own types of grapes, the good Romanian climate and its geographical position have also allowed the perfect acclimatization of foreign varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon blanc, etc. Thanks to that, high quality wines are produced in the country.

Cotnari vineyards are the most famous in the country and here are produced the marketed brands Tamáioasa, Fráncusa, Feteasca Alba. Some other famous Romanian wine brands that should be taken into account are Aligote,  Riesling, Feteasca Neagra (red wine) or Mutfarlar.

 

Patricia Fernández Ruiz

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Felix Callejo, a winery in the heart of Spain #wine #Spain #winery

floresdecallejo01Felix Callejo was born in Sotillo de la Ribera, Spain, in a family with a long tradition in the world of wine. He had always dreamed on elaborating his own wine and in 1989 he achieved his goal with success.

Since 1999 he takes care of the technical management of the winery, the vineyard and the winemaking process.

The vineyard, that is exclusively Tempranillo is situated in Sotillo de la Ribera, in the province of Burgos. The high altitude is the responsibñe for large temperature contrasts which improve the maturity of the grapes. Moreover, the variety of soils that are found in the vineyard gives their wines a wealth of nuances.

The main feature in their winemaking process is based on the use of indigenous yeasts and once the fermentation is finished, wines gain complexity in exclusively French oak barrels.

Flores de Callejo 2013, one of their most famous wine, is a red wine very aromatic with marked notes of berries. It is 100% Tempranillo and it is kept 6 months in barrel.

 

Patricia Fernández Ruiz.

Fattoria San Francesco’s Wines win five gold medals #wine #Italy

On March 2015, the 54th National Competition of Wines DOCG-DOC-IGT organized by Mostra Nazzionale Vini-Pramaggiore took place in Pramaggiore (Venezia) as it does every year.

The wine competition where each comittee is made up to five oenologists who are selected by the Italian Association of Oenologists, awarded this year with five gold medals to Fattoria San francesco’s wines.

The primary condition to obtain a gold medal in this competition consists on the achievement of a minimun score of 80/100 points, and this year, San Francesco’s wines met this goal with the following wines mentioned:

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-Cirò D.O.C. Rosso Classico “San Francesco” 2013

-Cirò D.O.C. Rosato “San Francesco” 2014

-Cirò D.O.C. Bianco “San Francesco” 2014

-Calabria I.G.T. Bianco “Settemari” 2014

-Calabria I.G.T. Rosato “Donna Rosa” 2014

 

Patricia Fernández Ruiz.

Decanter World Wine Awards #wine #awards #Bordeaux

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Last Sunday, on 14th June, the results of the Decanter World Wine Awards 2015, that is the world’s largest and most influential wine competition were published.

A list of 15,929 wines had been judged by the top wine experts from around the globe, where there were 35 international trophies, that it is the highest accolade a wine can achieve at the DWWA.

Among them there were 19 white wines, 14 red wines and 2 pink wines and at the same time eight of them come from France, six from Australia, five from South Africa and four from Spain.

Moreover, the international trophy for Red Bordeaux varietals was given to the Spanish Miguel Torres, for its Reserva Real 2010 (Penedes, Catalonia). This wine, created in the 1990s is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes and it is a further example of Spain’s growing reputation for quality.

 

Patricia Fernández Ruiz.

 

 

 

Why Mendoza is the most important wine region of Argentina? #Mendoza #wines #Argentina #GreatWineCapitals

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The availability of pure meltwater from The Andes, the structure of arid soils and the abundance of sunshine are some of the natural competitive advantages that this region enjoys.

All of them, together with new infrastructures and new technologies investment had allowed Mendoza enhancing competitiveness and its wine’s diversity.

Mendoza, the most important wine region of Argentina covers around the 80% of the country’s wine production. Due to its brilliant characteristics, the result is the obtention of excellent wines and it is for this reason that it has been selected as one of the Great Wine Capitals.

 

Patricia Fernández Ruiz.

Uruguayan wines exceed expectations in Expo Milan 2015 #wine #Uruguay #expo #Milan

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Until now, the success of Uruguayan wines on the pavilion of Expo Milan 2015, goes much further than the expectations thought. This result could opens eyes to new possibilities of increasing exports.

The international megaexposition that started on May 1, shows the country with a board and careful selection of wines to be offered to its clientele.

The participant wineries are Juanicó, Carrau, De Lucca, Garzón, Estancia La Cruz and Grupo Traversa and they were selected by the National Wine Institute of Uruguay.

From the very beginning, the public assistance estimated was around 250 and 300 every day, but during the first fifteen days it achieved 400 diners daily.

The economic effort needed for the participation in this international event has been evaluated and an important boost is expected to increase the volume of exports, mainly on those wines with a preferential quality.

Patricia Fernández Ruiz

 

The spanish wineries, the thirds best in the world #wineries #spain

Agroinformacion.com06042013_81703In modern wine history, Spain has often lagged behind France and Italy, but nowadays, spanish wine is in a growing moment. From the dry white wine of Rias Baixas to the red wine of Priorat, Spain leaves a great taste in our mouths.

Among the best wineries of Spain are Penedès, with Bodegas Miguel  Torres (Spanish wine export  leader and  Spanish domestic market supplier leader) and Jean Leon (Catalonia);  Priorat, with Clos Erasmus, Clos Mogador, Costers de Siurana, Mas Martinet and Principales bodegas y vinos del Priorat, (Catalonia); Ribera del Duero, with Tinto pesquera, Dominio de Pingus and Vega Sicilia, (Castile and Leon) and finally, Rioja, with Marqués de Riscal (The oldest and most traditional winery of La Rioja).

Furthermore, among the top wine producers of Spain are Álvaro Palacios, one of the most prestigious in the Priorat region and one of the most succesful winemakers of the moment. With René Barbier and Carles Pastrana, he has revolutionized the Spanish wine in the recent decades. Álvaro Palacios makes some of the most important wines of Spain, where we can find brands marketed as L’Ermita, Finca Dofí and Les Terrases.

It is also important to mention the Danish producer Peter Sisseck with his highest level wine, the Pingus, which is the most expensive wine of the country, but also Flor de Pingus is one of the best Spanish wines. He also has other wines known as Psi and Clos d’Agon.

Patricia Fernández Ruiz.

 

 

 

 

 

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