A place for tradition?

22 February, 2008

The Wines From Spain trade fair will be displaying key winners from OLN's New Wave Spanish Wine Awards, writes Laura Clark

A line-up from the OLN New Wave Spanish Wine Awards 2007 will take centre stage at the 19th annual Wines from Spain trade fair. On taste at an informal, self-pouring tasting table will be some of the stars of the competition, which featured 109 winners covering all Spain's key wine styles: cavas, whites, rosados, reds, sherries and sweet wines.

Another highlight of this year's tasting will be a seminar hosted by Tim Atkin MW, entitled What Place Is There For Tradition In The Modern Spanish Wine World?. Atkin will be joined by Javier Hidalgo, director of Bodegas Hidalgo -La Gitana and Telmo Rodríguez, from Compañía de Vinos Telmo Rodríguez.

There will be 53 Spanish wine importers and 30 bodegas looking for UK representation and showcasing over 1,500 wines from all over Spain at the event.

The exhibitors

Báscula Wines will unveil its La Báscula range, created in partnership with Bruce Jack from South African winery Flagstone. Báscula Turret Fields Monastrell/Syrah 2005 and The Catalyst Monastrell 2004 will both be on taste, alongside a Monastrell from Yecla, an organic white Grenache from Terra Alta, a red and white Rioja pair, and a dessert Moscatel from Alicante.

Requena-based Bodegas Murviedro has given its Murviedro brand a makeover, which will be seen for the first time in the UK on Buckingham Vintners' stand. The new look aims to attract more female drinkers, and wine styles have been tweaked to incorporate more international grape varieties in a bid to widen the brand's appeal. Santerra and Estrella have also been repackaged.

Somontano-based winery Bodegas Olvena will make its first appearance at the fair with Stratford's Wine Agencies. Export manager David Robinson will be on hand to talk about the Olvena range, targeted at specialist independents and the on-trade (£5.99-£17.99).

Grupo Faustino will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with the launch of Faustino Edicíon Especial 2001. The wine will be available as a two-bottle gift pack with a guide price of £50 and will be on taste at Cellar Trends' stand. Other highlights include wines from Grupo Faustino's Bodegas Portia, whose winery in Ribera del Duero has been designed by Sir Norman Foster, creator of the new Wembley Stadium, and is set to open this autumn.

F élix Sol ís Avantis will launch El C írculo Crianza 2004 on the Free Run Wines stand. A Tempranillo/Garnacha blend, it is the first Crianza to come out of F élix Sol ís' Rioja-based winery. The El C írculo range is targeted at the off-trade, with the Crianza retailing at £5.99. New-look packaging for the Viña Albali range will also be on display.

Bottle Green will be showing wines from the Bar ón de Ley group, including Viñas Reserva Rioja 2001. In the spotlight will be wines from Bodegas Maximo, an ageing, blending and bottling cellar in Rioja where specially made Vino de la Tierra de Castilla wines are prepared, and wines from Finca Museum, a premium facility in the Cigales region 250km from Rioja. The Campaneo range from Bodegas Aragonesas in Campo de Borja will also be on display

Alliance Wine will be introducing its new entry point Centelleo Rosado, as well as showcasing new arrivals Castel de Bouza from R ías Baixas, Casa del Canto from Yecla and wines from Bodegas Leda.

Hallgarten has added a Garnacha/Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon blend from up-and-coming region Priorat to its portfolio. Called +7, the wine is made from organically grown grapes from seven sloping areas of Bodegas Pinord's 18ha vineyard. Other highlights on the stand include UK newcomer Enate Uno .

Great Western Wine will introduce Carrasviñas Verdejo from Bodega Felix Lorenzo Cachazo in Rueda. It will be shown alongside Riojas from Bodegas Vallobera and R L ópez de Heredia, a barrel-aged Reserva from Lezcano-Lacalle in Cigales, and a Cabernet Sauvignon/Tempranillo blend from Somontano.

PLB will be launching its latest Spanish brand, which is so new it does not yet have a name. The wines originate from Manchuela DO and have been produced by Cherubino Valsangiacomo in Valencia. Four wines will be on taste - tank samples of the Shiraz, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals in the entry-level tier (rrp £6-£8) and the premium, limited production Monegrillo 2006 - a Shiraz/Petit Verdot set to retail at over £10 a bottle.

United Wineries will launch the Berberana Selección range, which features blends of indigenous Spanish and international varietals designed to appeal to New World fans. All are closed under screwcap, sourced from vineyards throughout the Castilla-León region and are classified Vinos de la Tierra. From its Rioja stable, Berberana will be presenting new vintages of Berberana Carta de Oro Crianza and Carta de Oro Reserva.

Marqués de la Concordia will be showing a recent addition to the Durius range - the 2005 Natural Reserve Tempranillo. Visitors will also have the chance to taste a selection of cavas from Marqués de Monistrol.

Burridges of Arlington Street will be showing the 2005 vintages of the Conde de San Cristóbal from Ribera del Duero and a range of Garnacha-based rosé and red wines from Bodegas Santo Cristo in Campo de Borja. Marius Castillo de Almansa 2007 Syrah Rosado will be on offer, along with Valcanto 2006 , Laguna de la Nava Tempranillo-based Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva wines from Bodegas Navarro Lopez in Valdepeñas, and Valle de Salinas 2006 Oak-aged and 2004 Crianza from Bodegas Valle de Salinas.

Thierry's will be presenting two new ranges - Abanico Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc from Bodegas Lozano in La Mancha, and Pleyades Shiraz, Garnacha Rosado and Macabeo wines from Cariñena. New to its El Prado range will be El Prado Rosé Spritzer with a dash of pomegranate in a 25cl can, El Prado Gran Reserva from La Mancha and Gran Prado Rosado and Tinto from Navarra.

Berkmann Wine Cellars will be showcasing Conde de Valdemar Rosado 2007, a 100 per cent Garnacha produced in Bodegas Valdemar's vineyards in Rioja. Bodegas Valdemar's Inspiración range has undergone an update including new packaging and a new wine - Inspiración Tempranillo 2005 (rrp £9.99). New from Finca Valpiedra will be Cantos de Valpiedra (rrp £9.99), produced solely from Tempranillo grapes sourced from the single vineyard estate in Fuenmayor, Rioja. From Bodegas Julián Chivite, the latest vintages of Gran Feudo Rosado and Chardonnay will be on show .

Torres will exhibit three new wines - Viña Sol Muscat, Viña Sol Rosé and Sangre de Toro Tempranillo. Torres has also added a second wine from Priorato to its portfolio. Perpetual 2005 is a single vineyard wine available in limited quantities. The new 2005 vintage of Celeste will be available, along with Viña Esmeralda 2007 and the De Casta Rosado 2007. On hand to guide visitors through the range will be Torres regional manager Joan-Ramon Casals and the team from UK agent JE Fells.

Dates and details

Where: Old Billingsgate, London EC3

When: March 6, 10.30am-6pm

Tickets: To register, go to winesfromspainfair.dataco.org

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