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French winemakers attack French supermarkets for stocking cheap Spanish wine

Some French winemakers show no signs of calming down in their dispute over what they see as cheap Spanish wine imports destroying their own domestic market. There has been another wave of attacks and disruption over the last couple of weeks as French retailers have now been targeted by more militant French winemakers for their […]

Spain’s Navarra region has enjoyed an “excellent” 2016 vintage

Spain’s Navarra 2016 vintage is said to be “excellent” according to the manager of the region’s Consejo Regulador.   In total around 83 million kilos of grapes were harvested – slightly down on last year  – with Ribera Alta accounting for 39% of the total harvest, Ribera Baja 28%, the Lower Mountains 17%, and Tierra Estella […]

European Union wine subsidies favour the bigger wine producing countries

New research has revealed that when it comes to handing out subsidies and support it some of Europe’s wealthiest and most established wine countries that get better than countries you might think are more in demand. A new study published in the Journal of Wine Economics, shows it’s the EU’s riches countries that receive the lion’s […]

Albariño ‘can make Spain’s best-quality sparkling’

Albariño has the potential to eclipse Cava and produce Spain’s best-quality sparkling wine, a leading Rias Baixas winemaker has said. Paula Fandiño, head winemaker at Mar de Frades, said Albariño’s growing reputation for producing high-quality white still wine, combined with its unique freshness, presents a big opportunity for producers using the grape to make wine […]

Can Rafols dels Caus Penedes

This is among the very best sources of Penedes and Cava, in particular a number of stunning white wines. Carlos Esteva began restoring the vineyards on the old family estate in 1979 after they had fallen into a state of some disrepair. His key to success is the approach in the vineyards which are farmed […]

Cellers Can Blau Montsant

Based in the village of Mas Roig this newly established operation has 35 ha comprising Cariñena planted on sandy/clay soils, Garnacha on slate and Syrah on chalk. Nuria López Sarroca is in charge of crafting wines of splendid elegance as well as intensity. The Can Blau is dark, smokey and full of rich sweet fruit, […]

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