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Hallgarten promotes lesser-known Spanish regions with 12 new producers

Published:  06 April, 2018

Specialist wine importer Hallgarten & Novum Wines has introduced 12 new Spanish producers, adding a total of 35 new wines from 10 different regions, to its portfolio.

Bypassing Rioja, the producers span Galicia, Ribera Del Duero, Catalonia and the islands of Majorca, Tenerife and Lanzarote, and are 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 diversity in Spanish winemaking is incredible: you can go from the relatively small wine producing region of the Canary Islands to Ribera Del Duero and feel like you’re in a different country,” Hallgarten’s head buyer Steve Daniel said.

“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.”

The wines range from £8.99 for Mesta Organic, Uclés, Verdejo 2017 to Xosé Lois Sebio, ‘Hush’, Ribeiro 2015.

Three of the producers hail from the central Spain in the medieval region of Castile.

Mesta in Uclés offers a range of organically and sustainably grown single varietal wines drawing on the powerful alliance of sheep ranchers in the historic region.

Dominio de Fontana, also in Uclés, is in one of the most northern and highest areas of Central Castile, with the vineyards situated at 700 to 900 metres above sea level.

Others include Pago Calzadilla, a small, family-run estate producing a limited quantity of expressive wines from the province of Cuenca; Bodegas Lagar de Proventus, made by renowned winemaker Pedro Aibar in Ribera Del Duero; and Bodega Biniagual in Majorca.

All are available to the on- and off-trade.

Photo: Galician winemaker Xosé Lois Sebio