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My Wine Recommendation No.8 - For under €10
27 August 2018 @ 19:25

 Just this week I was given a local white. I have tried many local white wines and they are in fact very good and fairly well priced. I can't say as much of the reds, which seem to be going up in price year on year in the Valencian region, although they are good the price doesn't always reflect the quality. However this white was different to what I have tried to date, it was made with organic grapes, and it was really quite good! 

This wine comes from the inland region of the province of Valencia, which is home to the most important vineyards within this wine region. This is mainly due to the variety of its soils, its different orientations and altitudes between 600 and 900 meters above sea level. 

This habitat gives the vines ideal conditions for winemaking.
Quality wines are also achieved with the Merlot, the Tempranillo, the Chardonnay and the Sauvignon Blanc grape varieties.


The Vegalfaro Winery is located within the province of Valencia, in the region of La Plana de Requena-Utiel.
It boasts 60 hectares of vineyards, divided into three very different areas due to the quality of soil, the microclimate and the grape varieties. All the plots of land are certified with the seal of Organic Agriculture, as are the winery and winemaking facilities, making for a totally organic winery.

La Muela, one of their vineyards with 330 hectares of land, lies right next to the archaeological site of Las Pilillas, which was an Iberian winery dating back to the seventh century B.C. Their vines are being cultivated, as they have been for over 2000 years, alongside the cultivation of cereal, olives and almonds.

In 1999 Andrés Valiente decided to build Bodegas Vegalfaro to bottle his own wines along with his son Rodolfo, Technical Director of Bodegas Vegalfaro. Previously, his great-grandfather Leonardo made wine in his cellar (winery) and his grandfather, Joseph, was an Orujo distiller. Later, in February 2011, the winery received the qualification Pago, which is considered the highest ranking of a vineyard in Spain and from where wines with singular characteristics and qualities are obtained. This is a terroir reference comparable to those in other European countries: Chateau, Cru, Domaine and Clos in France, Castello in Italy and Quinta in Portugal.
 

Pesticides have never been used on their soil or vines so they like to refer to their soil as being 'alive'. It proliferates a micro-fauna which is very important for the decomposition of organic material and nutrient absorption by the vines while helping to control the appearance of any plagues.
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The winemaking process follows a strict quality control and parameters are managed internally to avoid waste discharges back into the environment.

Their white wine, Rebellia Blanco is made with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. It was created by the Enologist of the Year 2017 and offers great intensity with clean tropical fruity notes. Not surprisingly it won a Silver Medal at the International Organic Wine Award: Bioweinpreis.

If you want to try this wine it is available online at this addres for €6 :

https://www.vinopremier.com/vino-blanco-rebel-lia-ecologico.html

I am not sure which supermarkets stock it...but if you can get hold of it, I'm sure you'll love it!

 



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Falcón said:
27 August 2018 @ 19:34

SUPER LOVE, this article is absolutely wonderful because a good white wine from Requena I'm sure that is perfect for anything eat. I love it so when I can drink this wine for under 10 Euros, it is specially attractive.
The video is really nice because of traductor is English that is special for me.
LOVE,LOVE,LOVE,LOVE......


jeffers45 said:
28 August 2018 @ 07:01

Interesting to see a Spanish version of 'toad in the hole' in that wine video. Who knew a British classic was also in Spain?


crostrad said:
03 September 2018 @ 15:09

Hi Jeffers45, I think I've seen a version of that Toad in the bakery section at our local Vidal supermercado. The wife always says -don't touch ! But I think I will disobey next time--what could possibly go wrong...????


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