Experience Eastern Spain Through These Brilliant Wineries
Eastern Spain covers an enormous expanse of land. Needless to say, it's home to endless terroirs, scores of wickedly talented winemakers, and need-to-drink-now wines. Boasting everything from refreshing bottles of Cava to lively white wines and bold, powerful reds, the wineries of eastern Spain are treasure troves of truly great wine.
These are some of our top picks.
This outstanding family-owned winery lies in the heart of Jumilla. The Bastida family's passion for making excellent wine dates back to 1870 when the estate first opened its doors. Their dedication to producing amazing wine is obvious at the first sip. Their Shiraz dazzles. It's a richly flavoured wine which reflects the marriage of traditional winemaking with modern innovation. Garnacha and Monastrell (also known as Mataro or Mourvèdre) also make frequent appearances in their line-up. It's no surprise their wines consistently earn widespread acclaim from wine critics in Spain, the US, and beyond.
As one of the most prestigious Spanish wineries with vineyards scattered across the country, Casa Safra offers a selection of wine that every self-respecting wine lover needs to try. The winery has earned worldwide acclaim for its high-quality bottlings of wines made in Catalonia, Utiel-Requena, and Penedès. For fans of bubbly, Casa Safra offers refreshing, delightfully flavourful Cavas, including a red berry laden rosé for all of you who like to drink pink. In search of something a bit more robust? Try the Seleccion Platino Gran Reserva. A blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a powerful red blend which rivals the best reds in Spain.
We don't mean to brag, but it's with great pleasure and pride that we say Casa Safra is one of our own labels. With fans located in every corner of the world, Casa Safra is an ambassador for Spanish wine, a winery which truly has something for every wine lover.
An award-winning winery many times over, Bodegas y Vinedos Contralto has a dedicated base of wine professionals and wine lovers who adore their wines. A member of the large award-winning Bodegas Olarra wine group, these wines are traditional in style, made in Yepes, a town located in dry, sunny Castilla-La Mancha.
Winemaker Daniel Martin Cestero uses his skills to create memorable wines with a profound sense of place. Calle Principal is the winery's premium bottling, a perfect blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon which is a complex yet versatile wine that offers all the power and flavour of Rioja or Ribera del Duero at a fraction of the cost.
A new project coming to you from a family who has long been in the business of making fine wine, Monte Vicor are specialists in the Garnacha grape. Their winery is located in the Calatayud DO, Aragon. The region which is winning over wine drinkers worldwide, thanks to its rich, high-quality reds and varying microterroirs which yield expressive wines. The Langa family is in its fifth generation of winemakers, who use their skills to make concentrated wines which are capable of ageing for years.
You'll never grow bored with eastern Spain's wines. They're utterly delightful for everyday enjoyment but also offer all the structure, power, and flavour you'd expect in the absolute best.