Quinta De Aves
Think of Spanish wine, and names like Rioja, Ribera de Duero and Cava immediately spring to mind. Brands like Marquis de Riscal, Campo Viejo and Codorniu are now almost household names.
With almost 3 million acres of vineyards, Spain has more vines planted than anywhere else, and has an abundance of native grape varieties, the most well-known of these being Tempranillo, probably most famous red grape for Rioja wines, and the white Albariño from Rias Baixas, in the Galicia region. Spain has over 400 different grape varieties planted throughout the country, though 80% of the wines produced use only 20 of these, including among the reds Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha and Monastrell, the whites Albariño, Airén and Palomino (used widely in Sherry production), and the three grapes used for Spain’s hugely popular sparkling wine from Catalonia, Cava - Parellada, Xarel-lo and Macabeo.
La Rioja and other regions have proved that as a wine producing country, Spain sits comfortably alongside France and Italy both for everyday and fine wines. Fines wines now include Reserva and Gran Reserva Riojas, and Vega Sicilia, with its premium reds from the Ribera Del Duero, shows that even the first growths of Bordeaux have a rival.
Yet these popular wines still only scratch the surface in terms of some of the hidden jewels that can be found in Spain, sometimes from lesser known areas. Quinta de Aves is one such jewel, which, as the sole importer for the majority of their wines, we are delighted to introduce....
The “La Cañada” estate lies in the volcanic region of Campo de Calatrava, in the countryside of Castile La Mancha, and is home to Quinta de Aves, so named because of the many species of birds that can be found there. The estate has 75 hectares of vineyards, where they make a range of superb wines, all from grapes grown in their own vineyards.
The 25 hectares of Tempranillo vines at Quinta de Aves are 50 years old, and when Manuel Casado Casla first aquired the estate around 25 years ago he resurrected these vines, and planted 8 other varieties including the indigenous Graciano & Airén, along with Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat.
From this diverse selection, Quinta de Aves make their wines. From the clean, fresh Alauda Chardonnay, to the rich, full-bodied Buho Negro, each wine is crafted with the utmost care, paying particular attention to respecting the landscape and environment.
The winery itself is built into a hill overlooking the countryside, Part of the building is underground, housing the entire production area, and this is where the wines are made, aged and bottled. After being carefully hand picked, the grape must is delivered to the tanks from ground level almost exclusively by force of gravity, resulting in as little handling as possible. Being underground also creates a natural insulation, reducing the need for air conditioning and heating, which in turn exploit Quinta de Aves’s philosophy of respecting the surrounding environment.
Each wine is different, but all reflect the same high quality that is looked for in a top class Spanish wine, and once tried, certainly will not disappoint.