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How will the “crianza” wines of the future be?

The "crianza" wines of the future

We can not guess how the wine of the future will be, but the trends mark a series of parameters that tell us roughly where they will go. As to how the “crianza” wines of the future will be, we rely on the new techniques that are researched to continue with the initial goal of this kind of wine, that is to preserve the flavour of the product.

Trends in wine ageing

When we talk about “crianza” wines we refer to an ageing and maturation process that pursues the best aromas and nuances, either in barrels, in tanks or in the bottle itself.

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Red “crianza” wine has minimum ageing of 24 months, 6 of them in oak barrels. In white and rosé wines, the total maturation time is 18 months, 6 of which, at least, must be carried out in barrels.

Wine has always been preserved in wooden barrels. Then several types of wood emerged. For example, there is Spanish oak, that provides great potential for ageing, and Hungarian oak, which preserves fruit aromas more than French oak. Other woods used are those of pine or chestnut that have a lower cost.

The trends of the 80s and 90s, where an excess of wood eclipsed the rest of the aromas, are being abandoned. Now the ageing wines have spicy aromas, with a strong personality and must rest in other places, not only in wood.

On the other hand, we see that, in some Denominations of Origin as La Rioja, wines with a shorter ageing are being produced. That maintains the fruitiness of the grape without losing a touch of wood that adds complexity. We think that “half ageing” is a great trend that the current consumer appreciates and has a long journey ahead.

Beyond wood

From 2017 onwards, the expansion of wineries that opted for the use for fermentation and ageing in more neutral containers began, giving priority to the characteristics of the grape varieties, the terroir and its personality, rather than to the aromatic and structural contribution of materials such as wood.

Among the new trends that are established for ageing wines, there is the preservation in places other than wood, such as jars that, in addition, to recover traditional, ancestral methods, the porosity of the clay allows the micro-oxygenation of the wine. There is also the ageing in concrete, which performs transpiration similar to wood and provides oxygen to the ageing of the wine, but without adding flavours. It is already onset in some wineries.

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Other places are using ageing in a Flex Tank, a container that, through micro-oxygenation by porosity, adds complexity to the wine while maintaining fruitiness and freshness. We will be attentive to such changes.

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Marqués de Cáceres Crianza 2014

The Marqués de Cáceres Crianza 2014 is the ideal red to combine with jamon iberico and hard cheese.

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Ramón Bilbao Crianza 2016

A rennovated classic, versatile, fruity and balanced, Ramón Bilbao Crianza 2016 is an essential wine in our tables

Discover Armenian Wines

Most people probably don’t know much about Armenian wines in comparison with wines from other parts of the world. But Armenian wines are in fact some of the oldest known wines. Did you know that the oldest winery in the world was discovered in Armenia? Let’s learn a bit more about the wine from this interesting country.

The knowledge of Armenian wine was expanded not too long ago. A team of Armenian, Irish and American archaeologists found a cave in the province of Vayotz Dzor (near the Iranian and Turkish borders). The findings in this cave have since then been determined to be remains from the oldest winery in the world. The archaeologists found remains of cups, bowls, pressed grapes and seeds, among other discoveries, inside the cave.

How Do We Know It Is the Oldest Winery in the World?

The archaeologists used carbon dating to determine that the grape remains found in the cave dated all the way back to 4,000 BC. This is an astonishing find which lets us know that the fermentation of grapes was already being done as far back as the Copper Age.

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We, therefore, know that the production of wine stretches very far back in time. Furthermore, the studies concluded, that the people of the time used to drink the wine at funeral ceremonies and at any event surrounding the royalty of the different periods. This was deduced because many tombs were found next to the winemaking sites. The archaeologists also discovered remains of Malvidin, which is a natural pigment that gives the wine its red colour.

How Was the Wine Made?

The winemakers used large bowls in which they pressed the grapes with their feet to make their wine. The must that was produced was then poured into casks of clay where it was fermented. The size of each cask was approximately one meter in diameter, and it could hold around 54 litres of liquid.

The archaeologists also concluded that the people of the time stored their wine inside the cave in different jars and vessels. In that regard, not much has changed. To this day we store wine in a similar fashion because we know that a cool climate preserves the wine perfectly.

Some experts believe that viticulture might have been born in these Armenian mountains.

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Armenian Wine Today

Armenian wines are still appreciated to this day. Several wineries in the country, both old and new, have a great historical and cultural legacy. One example is Karas, which has more than 400 hectares of vineyards located at an average altitude of 1,100 meters above sea level.

These vineyards produce grapes of both international and native varieties. For white wines, these include chardonnay, viognier, and kangun. Among the varieties for red wines, you will find malbec, tannat, syrah, merlot, and cabernet franc.
 

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Semele 2016

A red wine from the DO Ribera del Duero with fine bunches of merlot and tempranillo grapes from the 2016 vintage and with an alcohol content of 14 %.

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Laya 2017

LA red wine with DO Almansa with monastrell and garnacha tintorera from 2017. It boasts an alcohol content of 14.5 %.

Discover the Austrian wine region of Wachau

Wine and wine tourism lovers have a beautiful region in Austria that is less known than other areas of the same characteristics. It is Wachau, which one hour away from Vienna, the Austrian capital, allows you to discover beautiful landscapes and vineyards, and it is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Let’s go?

The valley has 33 km that separate the cities of Krems and Melk, and it is well known for its cultural heritage, such as castles and monasteries. In this prestigious wine region, although we have heard little of it, it is said that wine was made since Roman times, but its best time was during the Carolingian Empire, in the ninth century. The vineyards of Wachau extend for 1,350 hectares and they are located in the Benedictine abbeys, since it was the monks who in the Middle Ages elaborated the wine of the area.

As places to visit, we have already named Melk, which has a remarkable abbey, the Town Hall Square, the Municipal Museum, as well as restaurants and bars where you can taste the wine of the region directly. On the other hand, Spitz is a small town that has establishments run by grape growers in which we can taste the wine of the harvest of the year.

Wineries in the area

To visit this valley, you must first know its wines and the wineries that are part of the landscape. There are a total of 232 wineries that are included in an association of producers, Vinea Wachau. It should be noted that the small producers are who make this place one of the most important in terms of wines from Austria.

Wachau wine is classified into three different categories, according to their alcohol content: Steinfeder, Federspiel and Smaragd. The wine, generally, is usually a dry white made with no addition of sugar. Vinea Wachau association rules demand that the producers harvest the grapes by hand and, so the wines are obtained throughout an artisanal process.

The grapes used for these wines are Grüner Veltliner and Regia Riesling, which is quite common in such European areas. But other varieties of grapes are also used, such as Neuburger, Gelbe Muskateller, Weißburgunder or Traminer.

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Domäne Wachau Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Terrassen 2017

A white wine with the best grüner veltliner grapes from the 2017 vintage and comes with an alcohol content of 13%.

Exotic wines are on the rise

Global wine market is constantly changing. In addition to the usual grapes, there seems to be a tendency to consume rather unknown grapes, which therefore produce exotic wines. These are more authentic grapes and have not been heavily manipulated in the production process.

Why exotic wines are fashionable

Millennial current

Apparently, millennials are strong consumers of wine. This generation, always hyperconnected, shows the wines they drink on the social media, and what they want, in part, is to differentiate themselves from their parents, who opt for more classic grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Being different

Another reason is because “different” is a trend. And for this reason, they prefer rather rare and indigenous grapes, and also historical varieties that at some point were almost forgotten, but that have resurfaced again.

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Experimentation of the wineries

As “different” is fashionable, more and more wineries dare to experiment with new varieties, many of them brought from different countries. Then some producers are responsible for the exotic wines being increasingly on the rise.

Some examples

Some exotic varieties that we can find on the market are Petit Verdot, which comes from Bordeaux, cradle of wine. It is a variety that gives an aromatic profile and offers colour and spicy notes. We are also hearing a lot about Bonarda, an autochthonous grape from Savoy, France, which brings a very dark colour to the wines. It also offers aromas of red fruits, with soft tannins.

It should be noted that Italy is a country where several hundred indigenous varieties are grown. Abruzzo is the most frequent region, with varieties such as Montepulciano, Trebbiano, Pecorino, Passerina and Cococciola increasingly sought after. In many areas they focus on the organic production of grapes, so the flavours of dry lemon and mineral are the most prominent.

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There is also California, where Mourvédre stands out, and here the customers are not so much millennials but middle-aged (47 years average). Georgia is another rising market in this type of exotic wines, followed by Greece, Sicily, Austria and there are also increasingly “rare” varieties in Spain. The good thing is that all kinds of grapes can coexist, from the classic ones to the ones that maybe one day will become more known.

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Trapiche Estacion 1883 Bonarda 2017

Trapiche Estacion 1883 Bonarda 2017 is a unique red wine from Argentina

The most successful wines in 2018

From abroad, Spanish, classic denominations of origin and innovative wines. Know which are, for one reason or another, the most successful wines in 2018.

Rías Baixas

During this 2018, the wines of the DO Rías Baixas have strongly triumphed. They are among the most awarded whites this year, globally. They have obtained 266 awards and 25 accolades after participating in 30 official competitions. The Bacchus 2018, where 8 gold and 16 silver bacchus were achieved, are among the most important awards, according to the regulatory council itself. Its little brother, the Bacchus 2017, which is a biennial contest, awarded 3 great gold baccus, 15 gold baccus and 8 silver to Rías Baixas.

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In the international arena, the governing body of the appellation of origin highlights the three great gold, four golds, 22 silvers, 51 bronzes and 4 accolades in the Decanter awards and, also, 1 great gold, 1 gold, 17 silvers, 24 bronzes and 19 accolades, from the International Wine Challenge. While other international competitions in which the wines of the Rías Baixas appellation of origin received numerous awards are the Challenge International du Vin, with 24 prizes (8 golds and 16 silvers), the Mundus Vini 2018, with 18 awards (6 golds and 12 silvers) and the Concours International du Vin (1 great gold, 7 gold, and 9 silvers).

Italian wines

Wine Spectator experts have established two Italian wines, among many others, as some of the best wines in the world in 2018. One of them is Bolgheri-Sassicaia Sassicaia 2015 from Tenuta San Guido, made with Cabernet Sauvignon (86%) and Cabernet Franc (15%), fermented in stainless steel tanks and later aged in French oak barrels (one third new barrels) for a period of 24 months. And also the Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 from Castello di Volpaia, in the region of Tuscany, made with ecological grapes of the Sangiovese variety, from eight different plots.

Castilla y León

Within Spain, the various regions are bringing novelties to the world of wine. Specifically, the wines of Castilla y León reached 26% of the market share in Spain while they triumphed abroad with exports that exceeded 215 million euros in 2017. And this 2018 they have been even more successful. For example, this wines achieved five of the eleven Golden Zarcillo this year, within the 2018 Zarcillo International Wine Competition.

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An example of wine is Clunia Tempranillo 2014, which received 91 points from the prestigious American magazine Wine Enthusiast. This 100% Tempranillo is a smooth, harmonious, elegant wine, but with enough character to show that it comes from an extraordinary place. In addition, it has received the admiration of awards and criticism of his wines, not only from the Peñín Guide, but also from the key publications, experts and competitions on the international scene, such as Wine Spectator, Decanter World Wine Awards, Tempranillos al Mundo, or the CIVAS contest (International Wine Competition AkataVino Sommeliers of Spain).

Sale record for a French wine

French wines have continued to emerge this year. And during the month of October, a bottle of Romanee-Conti wine from 1945 was auctioned for a record price of $ 558,000 by the Sotheby’s house in New York. The final price was 17 times higher than the initial estimate of $ 32,000 from the auction house for this French wine. Romanee-Conti is the best Burgundy wine, and in the Cote de Nuits region, it covers less than two hectares, producing between 5,000 and 6,000 bottles per year.

Wine of Toro

It is another DO of high category and excellent quality. It has beaten in 2018 the sales record of its history, by reaching 13.7 million bottles marketed with the seal of this DO, which includes vineyards around the Douro River in the east of the province of Zamora and west of Valladolid.

The volume of business has increased by 3.5% compared to 2017, with 13,722,500 bottles with the back label that certifies the membership of this wine appellation of origin, as reported by the Wine regulatory council of Toro.

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Sassicaia 2015

Generousness, freshness and elegance come together in this excellent Sassicaia 2015, the best wine in the world celebrated by the most known critics.

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Quinta Hinojal Tempranillo 2014

4 of 5 points is the average score of this red according to Uvinum users.

The most original wine and pasta pairings

White wine is not always the best for pairing pasta. It depends on the sauces added and, in the case it is stuffed pasta, the ingredients that are inside. We’ll show you some tricks to learn how to pair wine and pasta.

Wines for light sauces

There are a lot of sauces to complement pasta. From oil with oregano to béchamel, or even made from softer tomato. For these sauces, we will pair with white or rosé wines. If the sauce is carbonara, in addition to the white wine, it goes well with a good cava. Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the varieties that pair better thanks to its touch of freshness, which breaks with the eventual acidity of the dish.

Wines for meat sauces

In this case, the sauces are more powerful and offer strongest flavours to the dish. It is clear that, with meat sauces, it is better to choose a red wine. But this can be either young or aged. Here we can choose from the most powerful Rioja to the Merlot and other softer varieties that help soften a strong dish.

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Wines with pesto sauce

Pesto is a particular sauce. For many it can be too strong and for others, rather light, it depends on the taste of each one. In this sense, the wine that best suits pasta with pesto sauce is a white Sauvignon Blanc, because it provides the freshness needed to counteract the strong flavour of the dish.

Wines with pasta stuffed with mushrooms

We have already specified that we should be attentive to the filling of the fresh pasta, beyond the sauces. For this type of pasta we can choose either red, Merlot type wines, or whites that have a lot of body, such as Chardonnay.

Pasta with seafood and fish

Pasta is a very versatile dish that can be accompanied with vegetables, meats and fish. In this case, we will pair wine and pasta with a young white.

Wine and pasta pairing

Pasta with vegetables

If it includes vegetables, then the pairing will be made with Sauvignon Blanc varieties and also light rosé wines.

Wines according to the cheese

Cheese must also be taken into account, because it usually accompanies pasta and marks unmistakable flavours. We usually use not too strong cheeses or the classic parmigiano. This cheese goes perfect with red Italian wines although a white Spanish wine can also do a good job.

Barcelona Restaurants With Organic Wines

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Organic wines can be found in many types of establishments. When talking about organic wines we could mention many different denominations, although in this case, we are referring to a type of crop where the sulfur addition limits are lower and the use of chemical synthesis products are kept as low as possible.

There is an increasing demand from customers for these wines and today many restaurants have added them to their menus. Have a look at our selection of Barcelona restaurants that offer organic wines in case you will be passing through the city or are going there for a holiday.

El Petit Celler

El Petit Celler is more than just a restaurant. It is a sensory experience where you can taste a variety of wines. Recently they have opened Tribut which is a space within El Petit Celler itself where you can taste more than 250 kinds of the best wines by the glass. The place also has a Vermutería where you can taste a large selection of vermouths accompanied by the best preserves. It was originally opened as a store, so it has endless shelves with a great selection of bottles that you can buy and bring home. The organic wines are well represented.

La Dentellière

Located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona this restaurant stands out for the quality of its products. With a central location, it offers eggs from Calaf, rice from Delta del Ebre, and of course, a good list of wines of Catalan and Spanish origin, among which you can find the organic Mureda and DO Castilla La Mancha, both red and white wine types.

Vistro49 Wine Bar and Cocktail Bar at Hotel Ohla Barcelona

Hotel Ohla Barcelona offers several gastronomic areas. Florian David from France has been Caelis’ sommelier for more than two years and he is responsible for Vistro49. The extensive menu includes organic wines and little-known wineries that produce precious wines. They also have a wide representation of well-known wines and cavas.

La llavor dels orígens

The name refers to two restaurants in Barcelona which are located in two alternative and trendy neighbourhoods: Grácia and El Born. Both restaurants have dishes with products from Kilometre 0. Their wine lists have some organic wines such as the Bouquet d’Alella, DO Alella, which is produced using the grape pansa blanca which is native to Alella.

 

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Hécula 2014

 

 

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Castaño Monastrell Ecológico 2016

10 Best Value Wines For January

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The holidays are over, but that does not mean we have to give up the small pleasures of life. Today, we have 10 cheap quality wines to offer you, so that the rising prices of January will cost you less. Are you going to try them?

1. Basa 2016

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Basa 2016, a white wine of the D.O. Rueda that maximises the varietal character of the Verdejo grape. Ideal to pair with vegetables, white meats, white fish, seafood, bluefish, baked fish, smoked, foie gras, soups and creams.

 Buy Basa 2016

 

2. Protos Roble 2016

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Protos Roble 2016: an unquestionable top of the Ribera del Duero. It is elaborated with an exhaustive selection of Tinta del Pais, in whose fermentation process, the temperature is controlled with extreme stealth, resulting in a red of precious expressiveness and potency.

 

3. Blau 2016

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Blau 2016: worthy representative of the wines of Montsant. It is a complex red on the nose that shows fresh, balanced, complex, fruity and impregnated with the notes of the terroir, wide flavours and a fresh, spicy and slightly mineral finish.

 

4. Baltasar Gracian Viñas Viejas 2015

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Baltasar Gracian Viñas Viejas 2015: red 100% Garnacha that comes from vines up to 80 years old. It is cheerful, fresh and young, an excellent way to get to know D.O. Calatayud Grenache lovers, do not hesitate a second: it is a good choice.

5. Viña Real Crianza 2014

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Viña Real Crianza 2014: a broad and fleshy Rioja ageing, with noble mature tannins that transmits a perfect roundness and balance. For quality and price, it is a good choice for varied occasions and meals based on simple meats.

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6. José Pariente Verdejo 2016

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José Pariente Verdejo 2016: intense, elegant, complex, fruity … Not in vain has it become one of the most famous wines of Rueda and that has brought fame to the increasingly valued verdejo wines. What a wonderful varietal! Enjoy with fish dishes, seafood or rice, the perfect combinations! 

 

7. Llavors 2015

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Llavors 2015: in Empordà, in the northeast of Catalonia, wines such as Llavors 2015 allow us to enjoy the wonders of a land bathed in the wind. In the case of this young red, in addition, we can enjoy the exquisiteness of simple and well-made wines.

 

8. Gaba do Xil Mencía 2014

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Gaba do Xil Mencía 2014: this wine from the D.O. Vadeorras is a 100% Mencía monovarietal made by traditional viticulture and respectful of the environment. You will enjoy its pleasant and slightly fruity character, with a long finish and very good acidity.

 

9. Semele 2015

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Semele 2015 is one of the most anticipated wines of the D.O. Ribera del Duero 2017. It is an organic red wine grown locally and organically, which is very aromatic and spicy on the nose, and round and fresh on the palate, with aromatic richness and varietal expression.

 

10. El Perro Verde 2016

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El Perro Verde 2016: Sympathetic, casual, expressive, tasty … With each vintage that passes, this Verdejo maintains the character that has made it famous and appreciated. In Uvinum always stands out with top sales and is the white wine that has been scored well by experts.

Best Rioja Wines for under £10

 TAGS:undefinedWhen we think of Rioja we ‘re immediately referring to one of the most important wines from Spain and, of course, one of the most famous worldwide. A glass of Rioja is perfect to enjoy with some classic Iberian ham or a very good Spanish cheese. But more than that, it’s  an all-time-favourite for the Christmas season and family dinners that come with it.

The Tempranillo is the soul of this region. An autochthone grape variety that provides the wines with a fruity, young and easy-to-drink character. If you’re not sure which wine to offer, this wine is perfect for beginners and experienced wine lovers. Moreover, it’s very easy to pair with food and offers a good conversation topic. 

In order to enjoy a good Rioja, you don’t have to grab deep into your pockets. Spain offers very affordable wines at good quality. Discover here some great Riojan gems for under £10 to top off your Christmas season.

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Cune Crianza is a red wine with DOC Rioja, made from three grape varieties: Tempranillo, Grenache and Mazuelo. Ageing takes place in French and American oak barrels for 12 months. 

 

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Viña Real Crianza 2014: After harvesting good scores and reviews on its previous vintages, Viña Real Crianza 2014 is once again a benchmark to keep in mind for Crianza wine lovers

 

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Luis Cañas Crianza 2014, one of the most outstanding Rioja wines. This vintage excels for its tasty, spicy and elegant character, along with for an exceptional value for money. 

 

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Baron de Ley Reserva 2012 is mainly made from Tempranillo. Its long ageing period of 20 months in American oak barrels brings structure and complexity to a group that stands out for its intensity and balance

 

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El Coto Crianza 2013 is a classic Rioja wine, a wine to look good without spending too much money trying.

Barcelona Restaurants with Ecological Wines

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Ecological wines have been flourishing in all kinds of establishments. To cut short on terminology, we consider that to qualify as an ecological wine, crops require a limitation on sulphates addition and the exclusion of synthetic chemicals (as much as possible).

Today, many restaurants offer these wines as their popularity grows among customers. Here is our selection of Barcelona restaurants with ecological wines, whether you are passing through the city or on vacation.

El Petit Celler

More than a restaurant, El Petit Celler is a sensory experience to taste a variety of wines. They recently opened “Tribut”, a space inside El Petit Celler where you can taste over 250 of the best wines. Beside “Tribut”, you’ll find “La Vermuteria” where you can enjoy a great selection of vermouths accompanied by the best preserved and canned food. As it was originally a store, you can still find many bottles to bring home on their endless shelves, including a substantial choice of ecological wines.

La Dentellière

In Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, this restaurant stands out for its high-quality and locally-produced food (also called “km 0”): eggs from Calaf, rice from the Ebro Delta and, of course, a good wine list from Catalan and Spanish DOs, such as the ecological Mureda, from DO Castilla-La Mancha, both red and white.

Vistro49 Wine Bar y Coctelería at the Ohla Barcelona

The Ohla Barcelona hotel has several gastronomic spaces. The Frenchman Florian David, sommelier at Caelis’ for more than two years, is in charge of the Vistro49. Its extensive list includes ecological wines and little-known winemakers who produce wines that are hidden gems. There, you can also find a wide selection of famous wines and cavas.

Llavor del orígens

It refers to two restaurants in Barcelona, located in two alternative and fashionable neighbourhoods: Gràcia and El Born, both offer slow food menus. In their wine lists you can choose from a wide range of ecological wines, such as the Bouquet d’Alella from DO Alella, made from the autochthonous “Pansa Blanca” grape.

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Mureda Organico Chardonnay 2016

Mureda Organico Chardonnay 2016 is a white wine made by Mureda from VT Castilla with the best Chardonnay grapes.

 
 
 
 

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Raventós D’Alella Pansa Rosada 2016, a rosé wine with a blend based on Xarel·lo Vermell.