Castellroig Cava & Wine Tourism Penedès (Barcelona)

In the heart of the Penedès wine region, you’ll find Castellroig.  A family, rich with historic value has spent generations perfecting wine and collecting an impressive and extensive collection of wine making and other historic tools and artifacts that would challenge most wine museums.  You begin your visit by taking a journey through time.  Walking via the path through history, you’ll find vintage ploughs, pumps, pottery, barrels, carts, and other old wine making tools.  The rust of the metal, and wear on the pottery allow you to imagine how it used to be.  After your leisurely stroll along the path through time, you come upon a serene sitting area and some beautiful views.  As you look down and out, you see cliffs of stone to your left, meticulous rows of vines below, and in the distance, row after row, plot after plot of vines.  In the far distance, you can see the mountains and gain a better understanding of the how the land and its surroundings contribute to the vines and the terroir.

Once you have filled your eyes with the beautiful views of the natural surroundings, take a stroll down the stairs and make your way under the archway of grapevines back to the main building.  Here, you will find more history, as well as the wine.  Before you jump into tasting, Castellroig offers a very educational tour of the museum’s interior.  Room after room, you will find another slice of history.  A 3,000 piece vintage key collection, old fermentation vats which were used in the 18th century to stomp grapes from above, more pottery, old 1,000 litre barrels, and more.  For decades, Marcel (the grandfather) has been collecting pieces to add to the collection, as he continues to do today.  As you make your way through the maze of rooms, you come upon an old chapel, which Castellroig has dedicated to Sabaté i Coca Gran Reserva Magnum 2006 and Robert Parker (a famous US wine critic), who rated this vintage 93 points, and put Castellroig on the international wine map.  Since then greater fame has been achieved with 3 Catellroig Cavas amongst the 50 Great Cavas 2017 namely Castellroig Brut Nature Reserva 2012 (95 pts), Sabaté I Coca Reserva Familiar 2008 (93 pts) & Castellroig Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2010 (92 pts) Lastly, you walk through a large oak barrel and as you come out the other side, you see where history meets present day technology: the fermentation room.  Now, the winery prefers to utilize large stainless steel ferment tanks and other modern technology, but you cannot forget the past.

Although the family has embraced technology, they have kept some of the traditional wine-making and viticulture techniques.  The family’s ecological perspective encourages them to avoid irrigation and to hand-harvest all grapes.  In addition, they soft press the first 60% of the juice and sell the remaining 40%, in order to ensure quality.

The family is from the Riudebitlles Valley, and has been growing grapes for four generations.  Prior to the establishment of the label in 1985, the family, similar to others in this region, sold its grapes to a larger company.  After finishing his studies in enology and agricultural engineering, Marcel completed his first vintage in 1986 using some of the grapes, normally sold to a large wine making company.  Because he chose to begin making his own wine, the company cancelled the contract to buy grapes, and Marcel was forced to produce wine using all of this family’s grapes.  The family quickly bought this cellar, made it their own, and began making quality wine with the family’s vineyards.  The vineyards date back to 1914, with the oldest vines being Xarel-lo.

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Deliciously Catalunya! Wine Pleasures Wine Buying Tour

The 2017 Wine Pleasures Buying Tour programme (part of the Wine Pleasures B2B Workshop Buyer meets Cellar in Spain annual event) for Wine Importers in Spain was a great success. A whole year of planning resulted in a truly memorable buying tour for all involved.

20 wine importers from diverse markets such as Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Panama, Slovakia, Sweden, UK and the USA, extended their stay to participate in the Wine Pleasures Buying Tour programme with visits to Clos Montblanc (Conca de Barberà), Agustí Torelló (Cava), Mas Blanch i Jové (Costers del Segre), Carles Andreu (Conca de Barberà & Cava) and Can Feixes (Penedès). Emphasis was placed on boutique wines produced in unique terroirs made with indigenous grape varieties such as Macabeo, Malavasia de Sitges, Sumoll, Trepat, Parellada and Xarel.lo. Two of the Cava producers visited have Cavas amongst the 50 Great Cavas 2017

Catalunya was also enjoyed through its cuisine. Here are some of the highlights of the two day intensive programme of visits:

Next up will be the International Wine Tourism Conference in Sicily:

Next Wine Pleasures B2B Workshop will be in Italy later this year:


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Wine Pleasures B2B Spain 2017 – it’s been a great event!

We hope you had a great Wine Pleasures B2B Workshop…

Wine Pleasures B2B Workshop Buyer meets Cellar in Spain 2017 has ended. A whole year of planning resulted in a truly memorable event for all involved. We wanted to thank both wine importers and producers for taking the time to attend, and a special thank you goes to all of the producers travelling from Corsica,  France, Germany and Portugal for blending in extra flavours.

Here are a few photos taken during the event:

Next up will be the International Wine Tourism Conference in Sicily:

Next Wine Pleasures B2B Workshop will be in Italy later this year:


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50 Stellar Sparkling Wines for 2017

50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World by Wine Pleasures

Top 50 Sparkling Wines of the World. Our experts tasted through premium bubblies from around the Old and New World to bring you the best 50 available for 2017. Anthony Swift, Competition Director looks at the results.

Close on 100 sparkling wines were entered from diverse terroirs and countries such as: Argentina, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Chile, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa and Spain.  Diverse too were the grape varieties used to make top quality sparkling wines such as Alvarinho and Touriga Nacional from Portugal, Trebbiano & Sangiovese from Italy, Macabeo, Perellada & Xarel.lo from Spain as well as the classic Champagne varieties based on Chardonnay and/or Pinot Noir made in Australia, France and South Africa.

In the case of sparkling wines made using the traditional method these were classified and tasted according to dosage and ageing time on the lees. Sparkling wines made using the Charmat method were classified and tasted according to dosage. This year saw a couple of Frizzantes make the 50 Greats.

Quality was high – all of the Sparkling wines included in the competition have scored at least 90 points. Traditional method production dominated the competition with some nice prices, most ranging from €6 to €35 Euros with several coming in at €40 and anything up to €145. Charmat method production wines range from €6.50 to €15

Sparkling Wines made using the Traditional Method

Champagne Collet wins the Traditional method production category with a Gold triple Esprit Couture (NV), Brut Vintage 2006 Collection Privée, and Millesime 2006 each receive a score of 97 points have been classified as Exceptional

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10 Sparkling Wines also with Gold and classified as Exceptional are Soldati la Scolca D’Antan Blanc de Blancs Brut & Soldati la Scolca Spumante Brut by La Scolca (Piemonte, Italy), The Rosé by Velenosi (Marche, Italy), QM Alvarinho Super Reserva by Quintas de Melgaço (Vinho Verde, Portugal), La Pamelita & Insolitam by Lobban Wines (Penedès, Spain), Mascolino Metodo Classico Vino Bianco Spumante Brut 60 Mesi by Faccioli Enzo (Veneto, Italy), Brut Art Deco by Champagne Collet (Champagne, France), Cremant D’Alsace Brut Rosé by Caves Meyer Thuet (Alsace, France) & Montesquius Gran Reserva 2004 Brut Nature Magnum by Montesquius (Cava, Spain).

Sparkling Wines made using the Charmat Method

Welgemeend Estate Winery  Sparkling Symphony 2016 (Paarl/ Stellenbosch, South Africa) & La Canosa Brut Rosé (Marche, Italy) top the ratings each with 95 points and are awarded Gold.

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Silver medal winners with 94 points include Bettili Cristiana (Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy) Prosecco Brut Polzner and Velenosi (Marche, Italy) Passerina Brut.

The 2017 edition of 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World takes the form of a 18 page full colour collectable publication and contains all the Gold and Silver medal winners with photos and tasting notes for each. The magazine also outlines how Sparkling wine is made, clarifies the difference between the Traditional and Charmat method. 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2017 is available to view free and is a useful resource for both the trade and the end wine consumer/wine traveller.

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50 Great Cavas 2017 – the best of Cava for 2017>>

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50 Great Cavas 2017 Results by Wine Pleasures

50 Great Cavas 2017 winner gramona-iii-lustros-brut-nature-gran-reserva-2007Golden Bubbles: Wine Pleasures announces the Gold medal winning Cavas for 2017.

Gramona III Lustros Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2007 wins the competition with Gold and receives a score of 98 points has been classified as Exceptional.

3 Cavas also with Gold and classified as Exceptional each with 97 points are Capità Vidal Gran Fuchs de Vidal Cava Brut Nature, Gramona Celler Battle Brut Gran Reserva 2005 & Gramona Argent Rosé.

Still in the Gold medal category and classified as Outstanding (96 -94 pts) are the following Cavas: Valldosera Subirat Parent Brut Nature (Finca Valldosera), Grand Cuvée (Summaroca), Ramón Canals Gran Reserva Limitada 2010 & Duran 5V Gran Reserva (Canals Canals), Gramona Imperial Brut Gran Reserva (Gramona), Adernats Gran Reserva Brut Nature (Adernats), kripta Gran Añada 2006 (Agustí Torelló), Cava Gran Reserva “Cuvée Antonio Mascaró” & Cava Rosado Mascaró Brut “Rubor Aurorae” (Mascaró), Montesquius Gran Reserva 2004 Brut Nature Magnum (Montesquius), Pere Mata Reserva Familia, Pere Mata Cuvée Barcelona & Pere Mata Cupada Rosé (Mata i Coloma),  Lágrima Real 2010 (UVESTE) Cava Mas Tinell Carpe Diem 2007 (Mas Tinell), Celler Vell Gran Reserva Extra Brut 12 (Celler Vell), Essential (Juvé y Camps), Codorníu Reina María Cristina Blanc de Noirs & Jaume Codorníu Gran Reserva 2011 (Codorníu), Vallformosa Cava 150 Brut Gran Reserva (Vallformosa) & Castellroig Brut Nature Reserva (Sabaté i Coca).

61 Cavas classified as Highly Recommended were awarded Silver medals. Most of the medals were awarded to producers in the Penedès wine region (Catalonia) but several awards went to producers in Calatayud, Extremadura, La Rioja & Valencia. Some interesting retail prices too amongst the 50 Greats ranging from €5,95 to €50 Euros making Cava a luxury you can afford whenever you wish.

Those looking to splurge on long aged Cava (Cava Grand Reserva Larga Crianza) should try to get their hands on prize winners from prestigious Cava producers Agustí Torelló –  kripta Gran Añada 2006 (120 months), RRP €80 & Gramona – Celler Battle Brut Gran Reserva 2005 (120 months), RRP €50.

Mata I Coloma (Sant Sadurní) received three Golds for its Pere Mata Reserva Familia, Pere Mata Cuvée Barcelona & Pere Mata Cupada Rosé.

The 2017 edition of 50 Great Cavas takes the form of a 34 page full colour collectable digital magazine and contains all the Gold and Silver medal winners with photos and tasting notes for each. 50 Great Cavas 2017 is a useful resource for both the trade and the end wine consumer/wine traveller. Click on the banner below to view the publication:

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Nastl Riesling Sparkles in Austria’s Langenlois

The Nastl winery is a celebrated winery in the Kamptal area of Austria, in the lovely town of Langenlois.  They are a particularly well-known producer of the Grüner Veltliner in Austria.  Due to the specialization of this grape, they are able to offer five different types of wines made from Grüner Veltliner grown in their own vineyards.

Nastl Riesling Sekt 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the WorldThe tradition of winemaking in the Nastl family dates back to as early as 1656.  For nearly 400 years, the Nastl family has been creating wines of outstanding quality in Austria.  The heads of the family today are Günter and Renate.  They, alongside their children Christian, Alexander and Petra, have taken the winemaking to a whole new level of excellence.  The entire family exudes special passion for food and wine.

Nastl Riesling Sekt 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the WorldAfter nearly two decades of growing grapes and wine making, the family decided that it was time for a new cellar.  The idea was to combine the typical underground cellar, which is carved deeply into the loess beneath the winery, with a new cellar that can meet all the requirements for state-of-the-art winemaking.  It was in 2003 that the new cellar was inaugurated with the first harvest.  The three level cellar is a marriage of four hundred years of wine making tradition and more efficient modern wine making techniques.

Nastl Riesling Sekt 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the WorldLangenlois, hometown of the Nastl family, is the biggest wine town in Austria.  Situated in the romantic Kamptal region of Lower Austria, only 70 km northwest of Vienna.  The landscape is a picturesque expanse of rivers and rolling hills dotted with castles, manors and wineries. The name of this region comes from the river Kamp, which flows through this area and lends special qualities to the terroir here.

Nastl Riesling Sekt 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the WorldThis area is famous for not only the aforementioned Grüner Veltliner, but also Riesling and Muskateller (also known as Muscat Ottonel).  The terroir is perfect for these grape varietals. The sandstone slopes are very steep, so only a thin layer of soil is retained, and exposure to the sun is high.  Riesling thrives on steep slopes such as these.  The micro-climate and soils are perfect for growing grapes to create delicate and refreshing wines.  The atmospheric conditions allow an interplay between hot days and cool nights, and the terroir is mainly rock, silt and loess.  These are some of the factors that impart lively aromas, subtle fruit, complexity and bright acidity to the wine.

The Nastl family not only produce some of the most remarkable wines of the area, they have also run a special restaurant, known as the Heuriger, for over 40 years!  This luminous, cozy space is nestled in a grove of walnut trees near the Nastl winery.  The restaurant is open for a few weeks at a time, only three times per year (April, August and October); to offer carefully selected pairings of traditional Austrian cuisine with their exquisite wine.  They also host tastings and special events.

The Nastl winery offers tours and tastings, and reservations must be made in advance directly through the winery.

Nastl has the following sparkling wine amongst the 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016>>

Riesling Sekt (Silver medal with 93 pts) Mango, papaya, candied fruit and melon with hints of flowers. Palate is medium bodied and fruity, boasting a great seam of acidity. Youthful. Front Cover 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016

 

Argentinan “Mascota” Sparkles Gold in 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World

Rodolfo Sadler, affectionately known as “Opi” has had an illustrious career in the Argentinean wine world.  With over 25 years of experience, Opi is known for exceptional deftness and knowledge of vineyards and grapes with a particular mastery of the different Argentinean terroirs.  Having learned and perfected his craft working for the likes of the National Institute of Viticulture, and Bodegas Santa Ana, Opi started Mascota as a place to showcase his skill and passion for winemaking.

La Mascota 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016Located in Finca La Mascota, the vineyards sit at the foot of the Andes in an area labelled “Primera Zona,” and recognised as Argentina’s best wine region.  A place with wide temperamental range with alluvial soil comprised of rock underneath clay-loam surface and near the Mendoza River, make for an ideal microclimate for Mascota’s 97 hectares of vineyards.

mv-lm-entrancela-mascota-sparkling-rose-extra-brut-3Inside the cellars, Opi’s hands-on approach means wines are carefully brought to maturity through small batch fermentation and barrel aging.  Expressive tastes are achieved through a combination of skill with artistic license, but with a strict focus on balance and varietal character that reflects the terroirs of the land.  This isn’t to say that refreshing and bright flavours take a back seat to woody or earthy tones that can often times by imbued from barrel aging, but rather base wines and curvee are crafted to enhance fruit flavours that add complexity and boldness to the final product.

Mascota is the culmination of Opi’s achievements as a prolific and celebrated winemaker.  Winemaking is his art, and Mascota is his canvas, where he has shown his ability to create exceptional wines ranging from basic, still, to high end, and sparkling.  No matter the price range, every bottle of Mascota is created with the same care and love and taste like an expensive treat.

La Mascota has the following sparkling wine amongst the 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016>>

La Mascota Sparkling (Gold medal with 94 pts) A wonderfully lively wine with a real dynamic play between acidity and fresh red summer fruits. Wild strawberry and lemon rind on the nose. A brisk style that is attractive and pleasant.Front Cover 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016

 

Great Sparkling Wine by the Sea from Les Caves Richemer

The story of Les Caves Richemer begins in France in the year 1998.  This is the year that the cooperative wineries of D’Adge and Marsaillen were married, bringing 450 winemakers together and giving birth to what would soon become numerous wine ranges of outstanding quality.  The name Les Caves Richemer comes from Henri Richet, a legendary local winemaker who became very wealthy from sea borne wine trader, especially vermouth.  The cooperative adopted the name Henri de Richemer, and working together they began to thrive and create exceptional wines.

Les Caves Richemer 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the WorldEach year, at the end of the summer, hoppers loaded with grapes sit side by side the numerous boats docked at Marsaillen.  This is because the wine cellar of Henri de Richemer is in the very heart of the city, on the port!  The wines are sold very close to where they are produced, in the three wine shops of Les Caves Richemer, those in Marsaillen-Ville, Marsaillen-Plage (the beach of Marsaillen) and D’Adge.

Les Caves Richemer wines are separated into five special ranges and produce a total of 300,000 bottles of wine per year, all made from grapes grown in the regions of Hérault, Côtes de Thau and from the Pays d’Oc

The 450 winegrowers of this cooperative have a combined 1,500 hectares of vineyards.  In their unique location between land and sea, the vineyards of Les Caves Richemer create exceptionally bright white, rose and sparkling wines.  This is partly because of the soil in the Mediterranean waterfront, which is mainly composed of tertiary sediments (clay and sand) and quaternary (gravel) which are particularly conducive to growing grapes with delicate and complex flavours.

Les Caves Richemer 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the WorldThe climate of this area is heavily influenced by the vineyards’ proximity to the second largest lake in France, the Etang de Thau.  This is the largest in a string of lagoons in France that stretches from the Rhône River to the foothills of the Pyrenees, and lends a specific moisture and freshness imperative for creating beautifully subtle and delicate wines.

Their ranges include wines made from traditional single grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon.  Their iconic range of cuvées, the Terre & Mer, focuses on vins de pays made with local varieties of grapes.  These are Terret for whites, Marselan and Syrah for rosés and reds, and both noir and blanc Piquepol.  Only the oldest wines are used for this range, which is the special of Les Caves Richemer. These are very special grapes and the wines that the cooperative of Les Caves  Richemer have created with them are truly outstanding.

Les Caves Richemer 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the WorldLes Caves Richemer 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the WorldThe doors of the cellar of Henri de Richemer face the beautiful port, and surely have had a hand in perpetuating the traditions of the first port on the Thau, as well as promoting the rich architectural and urban heritage of the waterfront.

Les Caves Richemer has the following sparkling wine amongst the 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016>>

Terre &t Mer Brut (Gold medal with 96 pts) Fresh orange and floral notes. Fruity attack with sprightly acidity. Clean lines. Short pleasant finish. Youthful.Front Cover 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016

 

 

Admire the “Pirraminna” from McLaren Vale with Eight Carat Sparkling Shiraz NV

pirramimma 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World by Wine PleasuresThe Pirramimma Winery was founded by Alexander Campbell Johnston in 1892 with the purchase of 97 hectares of farmland near the small Mediterranean-like village of McLaren Vale, nestled in the heart of the Adelaide hills in South Australia. The name Pirraminna which was chosen by the Johnston family to christen the newly purchased property over 100 years ago is an ancient Aborigine phrase which translates to ‘the moon and the stars’.

Since its establishment, Pirramimma Winery has been owned and operated by the Johnston family and is now in the capable hands of Geoff Johnston, grandson of the founder Alexander. Geoff now personally overseas all of the operations and winemaking, using his experience gained studying in both Australia and France. He is widely recognized for producing the first single varietal Petit Verdot in Australia. This began as a small trial area planted in 1983 and was researched for eleven years until 1994 when the first vintage was released. The Petit Verdot vineyard is now the largest in Australia with the well known and awarded variety covering over ten hectares of mature vines. 

pirramimma 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World by Wine PleasuresFor over 100 years the Johnston family has remained true to the Pirramimma philosophy; to produce wines from grapes grown on their own land to ensure the highest quality and standard are met and that the wines produced reflect the individual and unique regional characteristics of McLaren Vale. The production of premium red varieties account for over sixty percent of the vineyards, with Chardonnay being the primary single white grape planted.  However, an important aspect of the Pirramimma winery is that all processing and maturing of the grapes is completed on-site under the watchful eye of Geoff Johnston. This has been assisted in recent times by the recent construction of a 3100-square-metre naturally-cooled rammed earth facility for barrel storage. Here, Pirramimma’s wines may age under the best natural conditions, ensuring that the production of premium quality and affordable wines continues.

The Johnsons’ small family business has now bloomed into an internationally-recognised winery, boasting 250 hectares, of which 180 are covered with vineyards. With a production that not only includes eleven varieties of estate grown fruit, but also ancient and exotic fortified wines, Pirramimma has indeed continued to ascend to new heights as the years have passed.

pirramimma 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World by Wine PleasuresThe Pirramimma Winery is open seven days a week and encourages cellar door sales and visits year-round to enjoy the wine tasting on offer and the picturesque estate.

Pirramimma has the following sparkling wine amongst the 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016>>

Eight Carat Sparkling Shiraz NV (Gold medal with 95 pts)

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Istenič Stara Vas na Bizeljsko Slovenia Great Sparkling Wines

The Istenič brand was born in Stara Vas, a small settlement in eastern Slovenia near the Croatian border, and over the years has garnered attention for the wine region Stara Vas na Bizeljsko, not only from wine lovers in Slovenia but around the world as well.

Istenič 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016In the year 1968 the Istenič family bought 0.1 hectares of vineyard, and created their very first sparkling wine in the traditional method.  The sparkling wine was named “Barbara”, for their daughter, who was born in that same year.  This was the first privately produced sparkling wine in all of Slovenia.  Janez Istenič, the head of the family, began producing wines as the very first private producer of sparkling wines in Slovenia.  This was a groundbreaking event for wine making in Slovenia, as before this time all wine producers were large and socially owned.

In the 1990s, the Istenič family began to expand their winemaking endeavors.  They built a winery in beautiful Piršenbreg in 1995, which was nestled among 3 hectares of young vineyard.  In these vineyards Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris are planted.

Istenič 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016Then in late 2006 the family bought 3 more hectares of vineyard in Drenovec, an area considered to be the best site for cultivating grape vines in Bizeljsko.  In this vineyard the white varieties Laški Rizling (Also known as Welschriesling) and Šipon (Also known as Furmint, a grape that originates in Hungary) thrive in wonderful conditions for grape growing.  This property in Drenovec there was an old winery in the very center of the vineyards, and in the year that followed the Istenič family completely renovated this winery.

The landscape in Stara Vas na Bizeljsko is tranquil and idyllic, rolling hills on all sides with vineyards soaking up the sun for many hours each day.  The terroir here is special, containing high levels of silicates that are rarely found elsewhere, and are an important source of nutrients for the vines.  The hills on which the vineyards lie sit at an altitude of between 170 and 350 metres above sea level.  The climate here gives excellent potential to the cultivation of grapes for white wines.  The days are sunny, especially during ripening season, and the nights are cool.  This allows the sugars grapes to reach ideal levels of acidity and sugars.

Istenič 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016Istenič produces 200,000 bottles per year of sparkling wine, and is one of the leading houses in Slovenia.  Istenič is a multi award winning winery that combines traditional winemaking with modern cellaring technology and a powerful commitment to producing top quality sparkling wines.

Istenič 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016For wine tourists traveling through Slovenia, the Villa Istenič is a breathtakingly beautiful manor, painted with pristine white and lemon yellow, with foundations laid in 1740.  Rooms and suites may be rented for wine tourism.  It is situated the entrance to the Bizeljsko wine region, on top of a hill with wineries on all sides.  Guests will of course receive a bottle of chilled sparkling wine, and may relax and enjoy all that this exceptional wine region of Slovenia has to offer.

Istenič have the following sparkling wines amongst the 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016>>

Nº 1 Cuvée Speciale (Silver medal 91 pts)
Prestige Brut (Silver medal 90 pts)
Gourmet Rosé 2006 Magnum (Silver medal 90 pts)

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