Nov 012010
Wines of Navarra (Riojas not so little neighbour)

Navarra – Rioja’s not so little neighbour The wine region of Navarra, of which the Denominación de Origen has the same name, is east of the Rioja, and north-east of Aragón. It is a very hilly area, and produces greatly differing wines depending on which part of the zone they come from. When George Rainbird published his (at the time) definitive work ‘Sherry and the Wines of Spain’ in 1966, he devoted just one page […]

Nov 012010
Málaga's first organic vineyard

Málaga’s First Organic Vineyard Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe’s vineyard at Ronda is justly famous. However, it was not the first in the area, or the only one. There are several micro wineries in the Sierra de Ronda, one of the most interesting of which is a German-run project. The Schatz family has been making wine in Württemberg since 1641, and in 1982 Friedrich Schatz bought a small country property near Ronda and started experimenting with […]

Nov 012010
Spanish wines of Montilla and Moriles

The wines of Montilla and Moriles Many years ago these wines were known as the Sherries of Córdoba and, although they can no longer use the title of sherry, it is pretty apt. In fact, the story is typical of all Spanish wine regions and wine regions universally. Local vines produced an undistinguished but palatable wine, which for centuries was hardly ever sold outside the immediate area. In common with 90% of such regions, the […]

Oct 202010
Wines for a Recession

CULTURE SPAIN – CRISIS WINES , PERFECT FOR THE RECESSION! by AJ Linn One thing stares you in the face when you research an article like this. We pay too much for our wine. There can be few other products in the world not classed as out-and out-luxury items that appear to be priced according to the whim of the producer, without any justification for such pricing. I have written previously that no wine in Spain can […]