BARRICAS / BARRILES DE ROBLE / BARRICAS DE MADERA
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
"Here death does not surprise anyone," the poet writes in Hamlet Requena Juan Vicente Piqueras, whose awards include the Antonio Machado. He continued: "Everyone knows that one day return to earth / they are and never, not one day, / no longer, to see and feel." Verses allude to the village where the author was born, The Dukes, instead of deep roots which are located near Las Pilillas, some mills and wineries of the Iberian period, probably of the sixth century. C. where we can imagine how their ancestors trod the grapes on stone. now that the path came in the Requena-Utiel consolidates as wine tourism, through numerous, varied and maintained warehouses where it is combining tradition and progress, archaeological excavations remind us that the route winemaking began in Iberia. The Pilillas is currently racking full archaeological and receives very few visitors because it is not yet to receive. But "is the highlight" of the territory bobal that winemakers try to settle the area as brand building on the more specific grape variety of this land, which is named. That is the view of Jose Angel Jesus-Maria, cultural manager in the city of Requena, though she says that to be part of the route will become enofílico previously open-air museum.
Tracks To learn. See route Utiel-Requena wine. http://www.rutavino.com. Also on Utiel-Requena. http://www.utielrequena.org. At headquarters can visit La Bodega Redonda, tlf. 962,171,062.
To learn. Museum of Wine in the Palacio del Cid. Somera, 13 (Requena). Tel 96 230 32 81. Housed in the Palazzo del Cid (XV century), it says that on the site of the former residence of Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar.
To evoke. Visit Villa neighborhood in Requena, a historic Muslim with plotting, in which there are underground caves that were used as barns, mill or warehouse. For information and visits, tel. 96 230 38 51. has three churches: the Church of St. Mary, St. Nicholas Church and the Church of the Savior.
To go. Bodegas Torre Oria. Derramador, Requena. Crtra. Pontoon-Utiel, km. 3. Tel 96 232 Feb. 89. www.torreoria.es. Bodega Hoya de Cadenas. Ctra Utiel to Camporrobles km 8.5. Utiel Caves. Tlfs. 96 218 25 07/647 745 7479. http://www.hoyadecadenas.es.
To rest. The Hotel Doña Anita is a manor house, situated in the medieval town of Requena. Square Albornoz, 15. 962 30 53 47.
To visit. Populated Kelin. The Villares. Sources Caudete. Arrange a visit at City Hall. Phone 96 231 90 02.
A little over 20 kilometers in the direction of Madrid, on the hill of Villares Caudete de las Fuentes, another village emerges before our era of friendly name, where they found grape seeds, plus what looks like the home of a wine merchant and inviting oils pose a wine culture of ancient roots. "It is believed that predates Pilillas," says Jesus, Mary, but Kelin, a village where minted coin and currency from which to perfection over AVE parallel to the highway, it can be observed closely arranging previous visit Caudete at City Hall, whose units are a small collection of objects found in the excavations.
And even if it was then the main source of wealth of the region, there are ordinances came from the same charter and low historic houses can be visited Requena an evocative maze of caves that kept the grapes and wine. Can also be seen in a cave Wine Museum with its jars or jaraiz, which was the primitive and elemental cellar of a house and teals documented since the sixteenth century, because paying taxes.
But the modern winemaking tradition has a midwife to phylloxera, the disease that arrambló with European vineyards but was mild in this area thanks to the resistance of the native grape, Bobal. The relaunch of the production was further encouraged by train Utiel-Valencia, which generated wineries around the stations and around the port of Valencia, where he currently is the only of Valsangiacomo.
Now in Valencia is a great winery only, while in the territory's 36 bottling Bobal and numerous cooperative manufacturing only broths. Perhaps the most striking in an environment of increasing competition is the modernist mansion Torre Oria, commissioned the architect Joseph Donderis by Galician family Oria de Rueda, who arrived in the late nineteenth Requena attracted by the silk industry that there flourished.
Bodega Hoya de Cadenas. / JESUS CISCAR
A century later, and after having changed hands and daring to make the first Valencian cava is a protected property that can be seen in its entirety along with the trees around you. They are also cutting modernist buildings Over Emilio Clemente Bazán or less old and is the property of Dominio de la Vega, while others, such as Hoya de Cadenas, sold many complementary services and modernity in an art museum in Oak Marshall works fueled, Miquel Navarro and Carmen Calvo, among other well-known artists, that the people of Las Pilillas and Los Villares ever have imagined.