Our top rated wines in the Verema ADN Spanish Wine Guide

The new edition of the ADN Verema Wine Guide has already announced the wines that have entered its select club. At Bodega Sierra Norte we have received an excellent score for three of our wines, which have entered directly into the exclusive group of outstanding wines for this guide.

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We renew the image of Fuenteseca wines

We really wanted to show you the new image of Fuenteseca wines, what do you think? It has been a great change! Now, on the label you can see an illustration of the vineyard where the grapes we use to make these wines are grown, the Fuenteseca de Camporrobles vineyard. The image also highlights the magnificent centenary pine tree that presides over the plot and which we take great care of so that it will be with us for at least another 100 years.

The illustrations also show a character who interacts with the insects in the vineyard, with the aim of studying and conserving them. In this way, we have tried to reflect the philosophy of sustainable and organic farming that we defend and practice, which is why all our wines are organic and vegan.

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Bercial Blanco Selección, chosen to represent the Utiel-Requena PDO in 2022

Happy! So we are… Because our wine Bercial Blanco Selección has been chosen by the DOP Utiel-Requena as one of the wines selected to represent the denomination of origin throughout the year 2022. The selection has been made by blind tasting by the DO’s tasting panel.

It is not the first time that our wines have been selected by the DOP Utiel-Requena in this competition, other wines such as Pasión de Bobal, have had this honour and have also repeated for several years, and it is something we are very proud of!

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Introducing our new organic rosé cava Pasión Cuvée

We had been biting our tongues for a few months to make sure we didn’t let slip that we had a new cava in our hands, and a very special one at that.

It is a rosé cava, organic and vegan, which is part of the Pasión Cuvée range of cavas. It is a brut cava with 9 months of ageing in the bottle that has turned out great. We have made it with two grape varieties, Pinot Noir and Garnacha, selected from the best plots. Once in the winery we have made a second selection and from these grapes we have only worked with the free-run juice, which is the first to be extracted after a light pressing, as it is the most aromatic and of the highest quality.

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School trips to the winery to promote knowledge of the rural world

For the last few weeks we have been enjoying some very special wine tourists. They are boys and girls between 6 and 12 years old who we welcome thanks to the guided tours for schools that we organise at the winery in Requena and which are proving to be a great success.

We love to see how much fun they have and how much they learn in the workshops we prepare for them, which have the great objective of giving them a closer look at the rural world and the environmental, economic and social importance of the wine sector.

Our wine tourism team has had the support of teachers to adapt the activities and the didactic guide we give them to the curricular subjects of each age group.

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Three of our wines, awarded gold medals at the 7th FereVin Wine Competition

Fuenteseca, gold medal in the category of young red wine. Bercial Ladera Los Cantos, gold medal in the category of red wine with more than 12 months in oak barrels. Bercial Blanco Selección, gold medal in the category of oaked white wine. These were our award-winning wines in the 7th FereVin Wine Competition, with a single prize in each category. In addition, we have been the most awarded winery, obtaining three of the 10 prizes awarded by the jury.

These prizes are awarded by FereVin, which is the Requena Wine Fair and, therefore, the participating wineries are all from the region. During two days, the tasting committee has evaluated all the wines presented and the final result has been very positive for our wines, once again this year.

The awards went to two very different wine profiles from those we make in Sierra Norte. Fuenteseca is our most affordable young wine, and Bercial, both white and red, are our premium wines, the most select, plot wines whose grapes are the best from our vineyards. Maintaining a balance in the quality and personality of the wines, whatever their price level or exclusivity, is something complicated, but at Sierra Norte we try to do it year after year. Seeing the result reflected in the competitions, from the hand of expert tasters, is really satisfying.

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‘Genéticamente Rebeldes’, the solidarity wine with which you can help Fundación Asindown

We have spent so many months working on the conception of these wines, that having them in front of us and being able to present them is a great satisfaction. Here you have Genéticamente Rebeldes, the solidarity wines with which you will be contributing to support Fundación Asindown with every purchase. Specifically, the contribution will go to the project ‘La Mare que va’, a space in La Marina de Valencia that will offer training in hospitality and catering to people with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities, to contribute to their social and occupational integration.

Genéticamente Rebeldes red is a 100% organic and vegan Bobal, whose grapes come from old vines over 60 years old. This highly expressive wine is also aged for 6 months in French oak barrels. In tasting, the aromas are clearly of red and black fruits, with a touch of liquorice and light toasted notes from the barrel. A balanced wine with a very Mediterranean personality.

Genéticamente Rebeldes white is an organic and vegan wine made from a coupage in which the Verdejo grape predominates, with a percentage of Macabeo. It is an aromatically very expressive wine, with hints of white flowers, summer fruit, such as apricot, and citrus. It is particularly notable for its freshness and complexity, the result of a slight ageing in tank on its fine lees for two months.

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Sierra Norte, official winery of the XXII Trofeo S.M. La Reina de Vela (Sailing Trophy)

From 1 to 4 July the XXII Trofeo S.M. La Reina de Vela (Sailing Trophy) will be held, organised by the Real Club Náutico de Valencia, and our wines will be the official wines of the event. For us it is a pleasure to collaborate with this sporting initiative in which more than 60 boats are expected to take part and more than 500 sailors in the seven classes that will be on the Manel Casanova regatta course next to El Saler beach.

At different times during this important event, participants and guests will be able to enjoy our selected wines and cavas, which have been Cava Pasión Cuvée Brut Nature, to toast the victories; the premium plot wines, Bercial Ladera Los Cantos and Bercial Blanco Selección; and Mariluna white, a fresh and aromatic wine with a marked Mediterranean profile. All of them are organic and vegan wines.

We wish the participants the best of luck and many toasts :)

Bercial Ladera Los Cantos, in the select menu of Paradores de Turismo, for its top rating as a site wine

This spring has brought us great news from Paradores de Turismo. Our premium wine Bercial Ladera Los Cantos, has become part of their select wine list thanks to a demanding selection process, in which Bercial has obtained the highest rating in all categories and, therefore, also in the category in which it competed: ‘Vino tinto de pago, paraje o otras calificaciones de Valencia o Utiel-Requena’.

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Are screw-capped wines worse than corked wines?

A few months ago we launched our online wine shop (deliveries only in Spain), and it has been really interesting to see which wines are the best sellers. If we had done a poll on which Olcaviana would be the best-selling wines, we would have surely lost. Not because they are not superb wines, super aromatic and excellent value for money. No, it’s not because of this, it’s because they are screw-capped wines. And this, in Spain, is a trademark. Why is that? Basically because it is usually associated that wines with screwcaps are wines of poorer quality.

But we really think that something is changing, because many of you are choosing Olcaviana in your online purchases, which also have an excellent quality-price ratio. And we are very happy about this, because it shows that we are eliminating prejudices, and that is always a good thing.

This debate has been largely overcome in a large part of the world, in fact, in the most consuming countries, such as Northern Europe, the United States or Canada, the consumption of wine with screw cap wins by a landslide. And would they choose it if the quality of the wine was worse? Obviously not, as they are demanding markets.

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