News Archives: Spain

Avant-Garde Alavesa: Bodegas y Viñedos Artadi

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The holm oak, Quercus ilex, is an evergreen oak species native to southern Europe. Part of the unique botanical patrimony of the Mediterranean, its acorns have fattened the hogs destined for the choicest hams since at least Roman times, and it has resonances with wine, too. Montalcino, for instance, is really the Mons ilcinus, the … Read More

Introducing Astarbe Sagardotegia!

Introducing Astarbe Sagardotegia!

Cider has been produced at the Mendiola farmhouse in Astigarraga by members of the Astarbe family for close to five centuries. The oldest surviving document that references cider production at this address dates back to May 20th, 1563. To put that in context, Galileo Galilei, the “father of modern science”, was born in 1564. From … Read More

Adegas Guímaro: A Jewel In Spain’s Ribeira Sacra

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The Ribeira Sacra deserves your attention. Put this into context. 96 producers, 52 of which export wine, farm 1,200 hectares under vine by 2,800 land owners. When you look at the old terraces and stone walls dividing each parcel, these typically represent family land borders that date back to the 12th century. History repeats itself, … Read More