A prestigious Spanish association that promotes single-vineyard wines has accepted four new members.
Wine-Searcher.com–Four new wineries have been accepted into the Grandes Pagos de España, an association dedicated to promoting single-vineyard wines. There are now 30 Grandes Pagos in 15 different appellations across Spain. A bodega must satisfy strict criteria before being considered for membership of the association. The wine “has to be made with grapes from a single estate”; the winery must be within the boundaries of the estate, or very close to it; and the wine must have “achieved significant recognition on domestic and international markets”.
Acceptance into the association is decided by a majority vote by existing members after an exhaustive vetting process. Grandes Pagos de España (GPE) was founded in 2003 by Spanish wine grandees Victor de la Serna and Carlos Falcó, and a group of single-estate producers from Castilla-La Mancha and Castilla León. The four new Grandes Pagos de España come from four different regions – Extremadura, Rueda, Sierra de Málaga and Vino de la Tierra de Cádiz. Palacio Quemado is part of Bodegas Alvear of Córdoba, which is renowned for its wide range of Pedro Ximenez-based wines. Quemado, in Ribera de Guadiana in the arid hills of Extremadura on the Portuguese border, makes Syrah, Tempranillo and Graciano blends.
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