My first trip to Spain took me to Valladolid in the heart of the country’s finest wine producing areas. A short trip from Rioja the city itself is in the Ribera del Duero DO, with Toro and la Rueda both just outside the city. Lesser known is the relatively new DO of Cigales. Intensely hot summers produce powerful, long living red wines made principally from Tempranillo and Garnacha. I am working with Remigio de Salas, who have been producing wines in this region for over 100 years and with Bodegas Nabal a relatively new company making high quality Red and Rose from the Ribera del Duero as well as a beautiful Verdejo from La Rueda.
The history of this most emblematic winery, the Remigio de Salas Jalon in the Cigales DO is said to have started in 1737. A paradise for wine lovers because of its unusual construction, it boasts a set of underground naves hidden beneath its base in Duenas, Palencia. Thanks to the strong passion of this family and their passion for winemaking, it features one of the best vineyard sites in Castile and Leon, famed for both its quality and varietals grown thereon. Under the brand ‘Las Luceras’, their wines now boast major success both locally and internationally with increased sales growth over the last few years.