Charlie Arturaola, recognized Sommelier and wine consultant, heads this commented tasting session of some of the new wines that are representative of the region
Organized by the IPEX (Institute for Foreign Promotion of Castilla-La Mancha), a series of different tasting sessions of wines that define the current level of quality and the diversity of the productions that are now being made in the region of Castilla-La Mancha will take place during the National Trade Fair on Wine.
These sessions, with a duration of an hour and a half and imparted in English, and standing somewhere between a professional tasting session and a conference, have been fundamentally aimed at foreign journalists and importers in such a way that they have been able to make immediate contact with the wine reality of the 21st Century in Castilla-La Mancha. The eloquence and friendliness of Charlie Arturaola -Senior Sommelier in the United States-, and his profound knowledge of grapes and wines will in great measure facilitate that the objective of these activities be fulfilled: to create a modern and competitive image abroad of the current Castilla-La Mancha wines.
The first of these tasting session-conferences has been in the shape of a general presentation, with tasting of six wines from three of the nine denominations of origin that the region holds. Charlie Arturaola has started the presentation by broadly describing the wine reality of Castilla-La Mancha, a reality that has changed greatly in the last few years. Added to the varieties of the region - Cencibel, Airén, Monastrell, Garnacha...- a series of foreign varieties have arrived with notable success, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah or Petit Verdot. Likewise, various important winemakers from other areas of Spain have settled in the region in search of quality grapes and new production possibilities. Four Pago Wines have been added to the nine denominations of origin that have already been mentioned. Moreover, the establishment, a decade ago, of the seal of quality Vino de la Tierra de Castilla wines has represented a tremendous stimulus for exporting.
For Arturaola the main conclusion is that Castilla-La Mancha has a lot to offer. To prove this he has invited all those present to try out six wines, most of which are from small wineries and some of which have just recently come out on the market. These are 'Añil' from Vinícola del Tomelloso (Macabeo, La Mancha Denomination of Origin), 'Vidal del Saz' from Bodegas del Saz (Verdejo, La Mancha Denomination of Origin), 'Ovidio' from Bodegas Bernal García-Chicote (Tempranillo 'peludo', La Mancha Denomination of Origin), 'Dominio de Ontur' from Bodega San José (Monastrell, Jumilla Denomination of Origin), 'Zagarrón' from Nuestra Señora de Manjavacas Sociedad Cooperativa (Tempranillo and Petit Verdot, La Mancha Denomination of Origin) and 'La Huella de Adarás 2007' from Bodegas Almanseñas S.L. (Garnacha Tintorera, Monastrell and Sirah, Almansa Denomination of Origin). Two white wines and four red wines have convinced the audience of the quality and great wine wealth of Castilla-La Mancha, a region that is perfectly capable of offering extraordinary competitive wines on a market that is increasingly global.