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Bodegas Navarro López, S.L.
Winery Wines

Red wine 2012 D.O. Valdepeñas Gran Reserva Don Aurelio "La Sabiduria", Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Type: Red wine
Quantity: 0.75 L
Alcohol content: 13%
Bottle closure: Natural cork
Registration number: #352669

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Last reviewed: 1 June, 2018

The Spanish DO area is an enclave on the southern edge of the vast central highlands of La Mancha and is named after the city of the same name. The name means "valley of rocks". The vineyards at 700 meters above sea level cover about 30,000 hectares on stony, reddish-colored soil with a water-storing layer of limestone. The climate is extreme and is described as "nine months of winter and three months of hell (dry and hot)". At the beginning of the 1990s, the white Airen variety accounted for around 80% of the vineyard, but since then this has been reduced to around half in favour of the red wine varieties Cencibel(Tempranillo), Garnacha...

Viticulture in Spain has an ancient tradition, as vines were cultivated here at least 5,000 years ago. The Phoenicians founded the city of Gadir (Cádiz) around 1100 BC and traded heavily in wine in the Mediterranean region. The first flowering occurred in 200 BC, because the Romans loved the wine from Baetica (Andalusia). Development was halted by the Moorish invasion in 711. For religious reasons, the Muslims cleared large parts of the vineyards or only allowed the production of sultanas. They brought with them the art of distillation, which was not used for alcoholic beverages, however, but for essential oils, as...

The red grape variety originates from Spain. More than 80 synonyms testify to its great age and worldwide distribution. The most important ones, grouped alphabetically by country, are Malvasia Nera, Malvasia Nera di Lecce, Negretto, Santo Stefano (Italy); Valdepeñas (California); Aragón, Aragones, Aragonez, Aragonez da Ferra, Aragonez de Elvas, Arinto Tinto, Olho de Lebre, Roriz, Tinta Aragonez, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Santiago (Portugal); Albillo Negro, Aldepenas, Arauxa, Arganda, Botón de Gallo, Castellana, Cencibel, Chinchillana, Chinchillano, Chinchilyano, Escobera, Grenache de Logrono, Jacibera, Jacibiera, Jacivera, Negra, Negra de...

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