Do you consider yourself a bit of an oenophile? Even if it doesn’t (and that means wine connoisseurs, by the way), check out these top red wines that are now available, bought, poured and enjoyed in Austin.
The wines are made from Garnacha, Tempranillo and Cariñena grapes, all from the famous Spanish winery Great wines. Located in the historic northeast of the country, Cariñena is one of the oldest wine regions in Spain – the only one in the world to give its name to a grape – and a rising star in Texas.
Grandes Vinos has access to some of the oldest plantations in Spain, Garnacha (Grenache) and Cariñena (Carignan), including vines that are up to a century old. Older is better with plantings as they deliver concentrated, highly aromatic wines with great intensity and length and a taste that is rich on the palate.
Grandes Vinos winemakers have access to 11,000 acres of vineyards in each of the 14 different areas of the Cariñena region and work with 700 producer families to select the best grapes for each vintage.
And it’s paying off – the winery has won more than 297 medals in global wine competitions over the past five years.
One of the most famous labels, Monasterio de las Viñas, is named after an 11th century monastery in the region. The wines are rich in complexity and taste and a measure of quality of Grandes Vinos. The grapes come exclusively from the high mountain village of Aguarón, one of the most prestigious growing areas in Cariñena.
The Spanish winery showed its love for the Austin hospitality industry by sponsoring the Tastemaker Awards – Virtual Edition of CultureMap and announcing the winner of the Wine Program of the Year. If you purchased a tasting bag, you received either a bottle of Monasterio de las Viñas Reserva or Old Vine Garnacha.
The Old Vine Garnacha is made exclusively from vines that are at least 30 years old. Light and with ripe plum and berry aromas, the fruit and oak notes of Garnacha are rich and velvety on the palate.
The Reserva pours a medium ruby red with a garnet sheen. The nose is expressive with notes of strawberries, violets and liquorice. Well balanced, fluid and smooth, the wine has a fruity exuberance.
Can’t wait to get your hands on a bottle? Grandes Vinos recently entered the Texan market and is currently sold exclusively at Spec’s. The wines cost between $ 13 and $ 21, making them a great wine to enjoy at home or bring as a gift for the host.
This is news well worth a toast.