That broth keeps a big secret. So great that even its inventor, Isabel Galindo (Madrid, 1972), is known. As the great discoveries, is partly due to chance and partly research. But unlike those great finds, has been internationally awarded without having revealed his mystery. It's called Lights and is a wine that came out of a bountiful harvest of 2007, a few ancient vineyards of San Martin de Valdeiglesias and here's the kicker, seems to lead among its grounds as close to the elixir of eternal youth.
These and other things can be discovered (and tested) by heading south of Madrid. For example, is a surprise to realize that behind the new industrial de Aranjuez, one can find themselves surrounded by vineyards, and in Falcon Crest. There, with the help of Daniel Garcia, you may go through the process of making wine as The Regajal, "the Red Butterfly", increasingly present in bars and restaurants within and outside the region. Madrid is the Napa Valley of California that portrays Alexander Payne in his road movie about wine and friendship, all right, but there is a Madrid between drinks.
And, yes, there is a wine that seems to hold Madrid ageless. If you want to find out its origin must prepare for a one-hour trip by car on the highway of the Marshes (M-501). And as people across castizos as unknown to most, as Ventorro del Cano, through lush pine forests, do, if you will, a stop on the way to the way to or in traditional sales real good road with steaks as the Meson del Puerto (road to San Martin de Valdeiglesias kilometer 47, EUR 9.5 menu) and goat daring roads and sand to find those hidden vineyards which, however, were there almost forever.
The lights are made from grenache grapes grown in sandy soils such high at the foot of the Sierra de Gredos and bordering Toledo, Avila and Segovia. A grape to fleeting fame but yet miraculously has shown a prodigious carrying capacity: 21 months in new oak barrels (there may be livestock in three to six months), and three years in bottle (from 2009 to 2012, usual is to double the time in bottle in barrel). Now, after being rewarded with the gold medal 5000 Tasters of the last major wine competition (Challenge International du Vin in Bordeaux this year), when it begins to commercialize the results of that crop in 2007, with all its freshness and eternal youth. "It's amazing, you have a very slow evolution, we have already taken the market but it is a wine that will continue to live a long time," said Galindo, the winemaker responsible for this broth with immortal vocation. "Nobody would have thought that with a grenache could do a good aged wine or reserve. It's very rare and we believe it has to do with the conditions of these lands and the specific climate of the area, which generates a grape with a perfect acidity: do not touch it, "he says.
Three stops on the route
- Teresa. San Martin de Valdeiglesias. Tour the vineyards, tasting and introductory courses. Booking essential on 691 676 570 or www.lasmoradasdesanmartin.es .
- The Regajal. Aranjuez. Tour vineyards, explanations on production, tasting and selling the product. Contact: 91 307 89 03/690 85 36 59
- The Corner. Aldea del Fresno. The fullest in wine tourism. In addition to tours and tastings, lunches give your garden products and oil tastings. www.pagosdefamilia.com .
Although not known or, at least, has not been widespread, Madrid is a traditional wine region. It has three main sub-areas: San Martin de Valdeiglesias, Arganda del Rey and Navalcanero. In total over 7461.61 hectares of vineyards belonging to 54 municipalities in the south of the Community, with the subarea of Arganda, located in the southeast of Madrid, which comprises more municipalities and higher production. About the wines and vineyards of San Martin de Valdeiglesias and wrote Cervantes, Quevedo, Lope de Vega ... No wonder the Golden Age was a significant moment for the region and its wines. Madrid was chosen as the capital of the kingdom and therefore, there was a remarkable growth in demand and, in turn, of the production. It also gave a good account of the priests who ran the seven churches that give name to this prosperous region surrounded by vineyards.
In the subarea of Arganda del Rey is home to the farm of Daniel Garcia, The Regajal, perfectly fitted for wine tourism, still very underdeveloped in the Community but about to take the plunge. On 17 October, the Ministry of Environment has cited the winemakers of the region that have expressed interest in trying to set up a wine routes. "It's the first time we do a little more attention," said Garcia, 39. "And it will not be easy because we are physically distanced from each other, but we must try." He, who left the world of advertising for the hobby of wine, as does everything in the estate of Aranjuez. From weddings to guided tours in explaining the keys to making a good wine and, of course, tastings. Your brand has been positioned in the market. "I have it in my bar from the first harvest of 2007," says Jesus, a Galician who has taken advantage of the long weekend to come to know the origin of the wine served at the bar. I also served in glasses The Chula Chamberí (St. Ferdinand 11), who runs the winemaker enotaberna Ana Losada. "There are many very good wines from Madrid: a rising market," says getting a drink from the bar, where marida with delicious dishes prepared by David Marsal and Olivier de Belleroche.
Strains trellis The El Regajal are some young vines (1998) that, instead of being planted in the form of glass (opening from the floor), as of the Dwellings, grow on trellises (perched on wire strips that facilitate mechanization culture). "We try not to throw them with irrigation water for the roots to go deeper and to avoid having to feed them," explains Garcia at the hearing. "Here we hand pruning to have new shoots each year, the idea is always to work with new wood and the sap reaches roughly grapes all alike," he adds. The visit concluded, after tasting the wine in their different stages of fermentation, in the tasting room and sales, where you want can buy those wines that you have liked more.
There are still many farms that offer this possibility. Another nice wine tourism as a pioneer in the cellar at El Rincon ( www.pagosdefamilia.com ), located in the subzone Navalcarnero, former property of the Village Olive (with palace included) and that in the seventies, is Carlos Falco took over. Immersed in a spectacular oaks, offers since 2009 the possibility to visit the vineyards and enjoy the explanations about the development of their wines and tasting (also their oils) and homemade lunches (and gastronomic) made with the products of their orchard.
Everything points to the still limited wine routes scenario will change soon. "The wine Madrid not well seen until recently," says Galindo. Although the region entered the twentieth century with over 60,000 hectares of vineyards, in 1914 the first phylloxera was detected in San Martin de Valdeglesias, who came from France and affected the whole world. The plague spread quickly, ruining the vineyard Madrid and causing a substantial change in their wines. The repair has been slow. The real recovery will not occur until the fifties, when cooperatives emerged that, yes, plunged the wines anonymous for nurture pursue other packers. But now, more and more small wineries with modest productions looking to create competitive wines that modify the old idea of the appellation of origin wines Madrid, recognized since 1990. "We still do not nobody looking, it's almost easier to place wines internationally in our own place, that is our goal and is having more restaurants interested," said Galindo.
However, because today you can do wine tours through the vineyards locals who keep the history, literature, flavors and some great secrets of the region.
WINE BARREL / WINE BARRELS / OAK BARREL / OAK BARRELS
BARRICAS / BARRILES DE ROBLE / BARRICAS DE MADERA
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL