Hallgarten & Novum adds 12 Spanish producers

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has introduced 12 new Spanish producers to its portfolio.

The new additions amount to a total of 35 new wines from 10 different regions: Ucles, Cuenca, Ribera Del Douro, Catalonia, Galicia, Ribeira Sacra and Campo de Borja as well as the islands of Majorca, Tenerife and Lanzarote.

Head buyer, Steve Daniel, said: “The diversity in Spanish winemaking is incredible: you can go from the relatively small wine producing area of the Canary Islands to Ribera Del Duero and feel like you are in a different country. Seeing this, we felt now was the right time to take a step back and embrace the regions that may not be at the forefront of people’s minds when they think about buying Spanish wine.

“Our aim was to discover the wines, grape varietals and regions that would naturally fit into our already strong Spanish range and tie into the growing demand for wines from this region. We feel we have succeeded in this and found wines that are not only individual, but perfectly suited to British palates, wine lists and wine shelves.”

These additions have been focused around island and high-altitude wines with a volcanic influence, made using indigenous grapes – areas of the portfolio the business already specialises in.

The new producers include: Mesta from Ucles, which produces a range of organically and sustainable grown single varietal wines, made under the tutelage of Sam Harrop.

Dominio de Fontana from Ucles is a single estate vineyard in one of the most northern and highest areas of Central Castile.

Also from Ucles is Quinta de Quercus, which is situated at 800 metres above sea level. The contemporary Spanish producer makes single varietal and single vineyard wines from parcels of low yielding 30 year-old Tempranillo vines.

Pago Calzadilla is a small family-run estate in Cuenca, which produces wines made with minimal intervention.

From Ribera Del Douro Hallgarten is bringing Bodegas Lagar de Proventus, which has wines made from older vines aged between 30 and 80 years old -by renowned winemaker Pedro Aibar.

The company is also bringing Mas de le Vinyes from Catalonia, which unlike the other concentrates on international varieties, and Xose Louis Sebio from Galicia, which specialises in “eclectic” wines by “born maverick” Xose Lois Sebio.

Ronsel do Sil hails from Ribeira Sacra, and it has indigenous varieties such as Mencia and Merenzao, while Pagos del Moncayo from Campo de Borja uses traditional practices such as treading grapes and manual cultivation.

From Majorca there is Bodega Binigual, which again specialises in indigenous grape varieties from vines dating back to the 13th century. And from Tenerife there is Bodegas Vinatigo, with wines made from grapes grown on the slopes of the highest mountain in Spain. And finally, Bodegas El Grifo from Lanzarote also joins the portfolio. The oldest winery in the Canary Islands has a vineyard covering 61 hectares of pre-phylloxera vines.

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