There is wonder in the wine regions along Spain’s Mediterranean Coast. The rolling hills that lead into the sea create a perfect climate for grapes and oranges to ripen together above a rich patchwork of sand, clay, and limestone. In Kelli White’s recent article for GuildSomm, she paints a beautiful picture of the often overlooked DO Valencia, where today, wine professionals and consumers are taking note of the growing appreciation for the indigenous varieties and traditional wines of the region. In this special place, unlike many other notable regions, there is no one dominant grape variety, although the white grape Merseguera comes closest.
“Spaniard Rubén Sanz Ramiro, a top sommelier with international experience, sums it up best, ‘The progressive work and commitment of this new generation of growers have demonstrated that there is great potential in Valencia and very compelling wines can be produced there. Particularly those wines made with their indigenous varieties (Bobal, Verdil, Moscatel) have something distinctive to say and can be utterly delicious, displaying both personality and a sense of a place.’’
Read more about Valencia’s meticulous but sensitive approach to winemaking, their bounty of old vine indigenous material and its three distinct DOs: Alicante, Utiel-Requena, and Valencia, in this article by GuildSomm.