I was at the dinner given by the First International Organic Wine Fair (FIVE). It was a buffet-dinner so as to make it easier for us to mix and socialize.
I was at a table with some people who appeared to be interesting. And in fact they were! The whole meal was served with incredibly good red wines.
We were eating our dessert, and the wife of one of the winemakers passed me a glass of Moscatel.
It was delicious and matched perfectly with the dessert. I went to look for another bottle because I wanted another glass but no joy. I could only find empty bottles of the Moscatel in question, until at last I found one with just enough left for a glass.
Someone introduced me to the winemaker, Javier Pérez Fonseca, who convincingly explained to me why he decided to go for organic grape-growing. It was so interesting listening to him that I lost the chance to meet other people; but he was so passionate that I consider the time spent with him as time very well spent indeed.
What I did was to interview him the next day at his stand and he explained how he made his Azpea Dulce. Interesting fact: he only makes 4000 liters of this amazing wine (out of a total of 70,000 that he produces in the winery).
And this is what Javier told me about his Azpea Dulce, late harvesting and botrytis:
The winery was founded in 2000, and there are 17.5 hectares of vineyards, planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, Garnacha (Grenache), Viura and Moscatel de Grano Menudo (Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains).
He makes 70,000 bottles and has modern technology for wine-making, and only a few oak barrels, though he hopes to acquire more in the future.
The winery (Bodegas Azpea) is located in Lumbier, on the banks of the River Salazar, about 30 km from Pamplona
Like I said during the interview, I now have no choice but to go and visit your winery, especially after seeing the photos!
First International Organic Wine Fair in Spain
First International Organic Wine Fair in Spain. After the event.
In Spanish: Bodegas Azpea en la primera Feria Internacional del Vino Ecológico