BODEGAS VERUM, 15 HARVESTS TO BE AN INTERNATIONAL REFERENCE FOR PREMIUM WINES FROM CASTILLA-LA MANCHA
- Pedro Ballesteros, Jancis Robinson, Tim Atkins and Luis Gutiérrez (Robert Parker) have valued the commitment to dignify the AIRÉN variety and recover ancestral varieties, as well as the main Spanish prescribers such as María José Huertas, Amaya Cervera or Ferrán Centelles, among others.
- Elías López Montero, winemaker and member of the owner family, has 26 vintages at the age of 41, a young soul with a senior experience.
Bodegas y Viñedos VERUM closes its 15th harvest season with the 92 points awarded by Robert Parker to Las Tinada airén de pie franco 2019, one of the most highly rated white wines of the region in the history of the prestigious The Wine Advocate.
Luis Gutiérrez, “Parker man” in Spain, valued Ulterior wines and the aforementioned white Las Tinada to which he dedicated one of the best adjectives a wine can receive: “Exciting”.
The Financial Times once again recommended Las Tinada Airén 2019 as the best example of the quality that the Airén variety can provide, the fourth most planted grape variety in the world exceeding 200,000 hectares, an article signed by Jancis Robinson who has declared his preference for this wine she has said it is “the best airén I’ve ever tasted” and a Spanish example of minerality. She has also declared that it is already part of his “cult wines”. Ferrán Centelles published the first monograph of a winery from Castilla-La Mancha on the prestigious website www.jancisrobinson.com.
Back in 2018 Decanter magazine published an article signed by Pedro Ballesteros MW and declared Elías one of the 10 young winemakers called to change the wine sector in Spain, when Ulterior and Las Tinada wines were not yet on the market, so Pedro already recognized the work of Elías to date, anticipating the successes recorded in the last two years.
Another Master of Wine: Tim Atkins, has highlighted the white wines of Verum, Ulterior Albillo Real and Las Tinadas, and especially the commitment to the recovery of clay jars of almost 100 years for aging wine. The English critic has already awarded 94 points to María Victoria 2017, the second vintage of the wine made by Elías in La Patagonia Argentina, and was surprised by what he was achieving in La Mancha.
The Japanese magazine Wine-What !? rated María Victoria de Verum as excellent and the French Gilbert & Gaillard dedicated an article to Verum. Also Instyle magazine from Mexico highlighted Verum Tosca, one of the winery’s iconic wines.
These international distinctions join prestigious Spanish critics such as Amaya Cervera (blog Spanishwinelovers) María José Huertas (La Vanguardia), Ferrán Centelles, Federico Oldemburg, Raquel Pardo, Andrés Sanchez Magro (La Razón), Juan Fernández Cuesta (ABC), Series (expansion), magazine Tapas, Vinos y Restaurantes, MiVino or Joaquín Parra from Wine Up! among many, as well as countless bloggers who have dedicated articles and mentions to our wines.
Flying the flag for the wine region in the homeland itself
Elías, Belén, Juan Antonio and Pedro José, the four brothers who own Bodegas y Viñedos Verum were convinced of the quality that the old vineyards inherited from their grandparents and parents treasure, as well as the commitment to the future they made with the El Romeral estate planting recovered varieties such as Albillo Real or Tinto Velasco and the introduction of other national varieties such as Malvasía, Graciano, Mazuelo or Garnacha.
With Verum they are leading the revolution of quality wines in Castilla-La Mancha and they are doing it from a region international critics had never paid close and positive attention to; they have also done it with native varieties such as Airén or Tinto Velasco but also with foreign ones such as Merlot or Malvasía.
Elías López Montero accumulates 26 harvests at the age of 41, a young, innovative spirit with the expertise of a senior. In his travels he has traveled and studied the most important wine regions of the world, from California to New Zealand. From the very beginning his concern to accumulate experiences and knowledge has led him to work in areas as remote as South Africa (2004) and Patagonia Argentina, where he has led the Verum by Verum project since 2016.
- Two of its white wines stand out: Ulterior parcelas 7 y 9 Albillo Real and Verum Las TinadAs Airén de Pie Franco.
Once again, the social media of the most prestigious wine prescribers have served as a platform to value the work that Elías López Montero, winemaker and co-owner together with his brothers of Bodegas Verum in Tomelloso (Ciudad Real).
The Master of Wine Tim Atkins praises the work that Elías is doing in La Mancha also by mentioning his excellent work in Patagonia Argentina. He specifically referenced two white wines from La Mancha: Verum Las Tinadas Airén de Pie Franco 2018 and Ulterior parcelas 7 y 9 Albillo Real 2016; the latter was highighted as “wine of the week” on his website, one of the wine specialized sites most visited on the international scene.
Differentiation inside the territory
(he was not familiar with the magic that is working in La Mancha); with this phrase, Tim Atkin “endorses” the work of Elías in the region of La Mancha, province of Ciudad Real, a region Tim points out that it is “known for its bulk wine instead of wines like this.”
This is precisely the philosophy that drives the winemaker, to make the best out of the land and show that other wines are possible. The Airén variety, specifically from their Las Tinadas estate and planted in 1950, was already appreciated by his grandfather who said it was the best airén he had ever grown.
With respect to the Albillo Real variety from Ulterior, it comes from another ancient estate: El Romeral, to what the hundred-year-old “Bombos”, a typical Tomelloso rural building that served to protect farmers, animals, and work tools, bear witness,. Revitalised autochthonous varieties such as Albillo Real, Tinto Velasco or Moravia Agria have been planted there along with other national varieties such as Graciano, Mazuelo or Malvasía.
Both wines come from organic viticulture, they have in common the aging in clay anphoras of 4500 liters with more than 80 years of age, witness to the legacy of the López Montero family who is linked to local viticulture since 1788.
Tim Atkin Master of Wine is of British origin. Award-winning journalist who has developed his professional career as a wine critic and judge in international competitions.
- English wine writer Jancis Robinson has published an article in FINANCIAL TIMES highlighting her cult wines of the future. She replicated the article on its website www.jancisrobinson.com, one of the most consulted in the world.
- This single-varietal airén comes from the “Las Tinadas” estate, an organic farming vineyard with vines planted in “pie franco” (ungrafted vines) system in 1950.
Verum Las Tinadas airén Pie franco is once again attracting the attention of specialized critics. In this case it is the Financial Times with an article by Jancis Robinson about his cult wines of the future in which she nominates this wine from a Tomelloso winery along with two more from Jerez and four international ones.
Specialized critics and sommelier professionals are highlighting this wine of the AIRÉN variety and Verum, who prove that with old vines, a good interpretation of the land and a careful vinification, great white wines can be made.
The grapes come from the “Las Tinadas” estate, a 4-hectare plot planted in 1950, planted in “pie franco” (ungrafted vines) system. Since 2013, the vineyard is organic. The grapes go through a sorting table and after fermentation at low temperature in stainless steel tanks, they age for 4 months in 5000-liter clay anphoras (“Tinajas”) and then 8 months more in stainless steel tanks. Native yeasts chosen in the vineyard itself and reproduced in the laboratory are used for fermentation; Verum owns the exclusivity of this yeast.
When talking about Airén, we are probably talking about the variety that has been traditionally scorned by criticism in the history of wine, which is why Bodegas Verum is especially proud to show how great white wines can be made in Castilla-La Mancha with its most important native grape and pave the way for other wineries to cast aside their complexes with the most widely planted white grape variety for winemaking in the world, which is found almost exclusively in La Mancha region.
In addition to the recovery and revitalisation of minority native grape varieties of the ULTERIOR range, this airén is Elías López Montero´s bet (one of the 10 oenologists called to change wine in Spain by DECANTER in its March 2018 issue) to promote the uniqueness of the Airén variety and its varietal expression in a historical vineyard.
- Verum oenologist Elías Lopez Montero’s Graciano, single variety, has earnt the highest score for this grape in Decanter Awards, moreover, it has become the highest score ever achieved by a wine from Castilla – La Mancha.
- Amid organic wines, it ranks amongst top three wines in Spain and one of the 50 world best.
No other wine from Castilla – La Mancha had ever scored such a high mark in the contest history, which marks a milestone in our region. With 95 points, it ranks among the top three wines in Spain and 50 in the world, in the organic certified category.
Out of the 16 Decanter Awards editions that has taken place, only once has a Graciano wine ever achieved 95 points, and it was from La Rioja, the area where the variety has it origins. This is the reason why Ulterior Parcela 17 Graciano 2016 marks the way for a better-defined style, refusing the oak barrel and concentrating their varietal character thanks to the clay amphora. This medal adds to another gold medal granted by Mundus Vini last march.
ULTERIOR wine range begins to make history in Castilla – La Mancha and in Spain, 5 single varieties carefully chosen thanks to their ability to adapt to harsh climate conditions: endemic grapes such as Albillo Real and Tinto Velasco and foreign varieties like Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano, all of them organically grown in Romeral estate, where López Montero family wanted recover long forgotten varieties, and introduce the ones that showed a promising future in our region.
This acknowledgment in a way is a seal of approval for Elías’ vision of minimum intervention organic wines, unfiltered and respectful towards the vineyard natural quality, all without losing elegance and character. Elías along with his siblings, with Bodegas Verum and Ulterior wanted to go beyond, taking risks when no other would. Today, they achieve international recognition for bringing us the wines of the future, in every day’s land.
- Bodegas Verum will represent the wines of Castilla-La Mancha at the welcome dinner of the 9th Master of Wine International Symposium held in Rioja from June 14 to 17 under the title “living wine”.
From 14 to 17 June, Spain will attract International wine audiences to host the 9th International Symposium of Masters of Wine, an event that takes place every 4 years being the first time that comes to our country.
The city of Logroño will host this Symposium, which is organised by the Institute of Master of Wine since 1982 and this time will be co-sponsored by The Foundation for the Culture of Wine (La Fundación para la Cultura del Vino, FCV).
One of the most important activities is the welcome dinner that will take place on June 14 in the Bullring of Logroño where Bodegas Verum will represent Castilla-La Mancha as the only winery with its own table next to other major wineries in the main areas of Spanish production except Rioja, which will not be represented in the venue.
The Symposium will be a networking-enabling and wine knowledge enhancing learning event, a unique opportunity in the wine Business. It will bring together more than 400 attendees from 35 countries and, among them, more than 100 Masters of Wine that will have the opportunity to see firsthand the wines of our country through the various activities prepared for the occasion.
- International Wine and Spirit Competition is one of the most relevant and demanding competitions in the world for distilled, fortified and still wines.
- The whole range of Verum distillates have been awarded, adding another 4 medals to the still wines awarded in 2017 for a total of 20 medals in the last 4 years.
Bodegas y Viñedos Verum is one of the most awarded wineries in Spain in the International Wine and Spirit Competition, one of the most demanding wines and distillates contests in the world. Last June, we got 4 medals and now its 4 single varietal distillates add 4 more medals to be the only winery in Spain awarded in the category “grape spirits”.
From 2013 we have been awarded 20 medals, an achievement few wineries in Spain can show bearing in mind it has been in two different categories.
Three silver medals for Gewürztráminer grape spirit (the most awarded in the world in its category), Sauvignon Blanc grape spirit and Airén grape spirit with herbs and bronze Tempranillo Roble spirit.
Bodegas y Viñedos Verum focus on the work in the terroir and the experience in growing native and foreign varieties with vineyards up to 60 years old, and all the production with certified organic farming since 2013.
It is not easy to be outstanding in such a demanding contest and specially in two categories such as still and distilled wines. All the work is based on the viticulture and the expertise of our winemaker, Elías López Montero which makes him one of the most awarded winemakers in Spain nowadays.
VERUM TEMPRANILLO RESERVA DE FAMILIA 2010 ADDS A NEW GOLD IN CANADA TO BE ONE OF THE MOST AWARDED...
- A new gold at the Séletions Mondiales des Vins competition in Canada joins The Tempranillos del Mundo, the International Wine and Spirit Competition and Mundus Vini awards.
- Verum Roble 2013 has also been awarded with silver medal in addition to the one obtained at International Wine And Spirit Competition, mention commended in Decanter 2016 and Gold at CINVE 2017.
Canada is one of the most demanding markets in the world for wine. the Sélections Mondiales des Vins competition is held annually in Canada, also known by the rigorousness of international judges. It is the largest and most important wine contest in North America.
In this edition Bodegas y Viñedos Verum has won two medals: one gold for Verum V Tempranillo Reserva Familiar 2010 and one silver for Verum Roble 2013, both wines treasure awards from different international competitions such as Tempranillos del Mundo, International Wine And Spirit Competition , Mundus Vini, CINVE or Decanter as well as excellent ratings in national and international guides.
The current vintage of Verum V Tempranillo Reserva Familiar has a total 5 gold and 3 silver medals in prestigious international competitions, which added to the awards of the 2009 vintage accumulate more than 22 awards between medals and ratings in guides with more than 90 points .
On the other hand Verum Roble 2013 accumulates a Gold, a silver and a bronze medal, apart from the 9th position among the top 100 at Prowein 2016.
Elías López Montero, one of the most awarded young winemakers in Spain, is very focused on his work on the vineyard and the cultivation experience together with his vision and work methodology. In his own words, when a wine is so highly awarded year after year that means the evolution is outstanding in it. In Verum we make long-lasting wines with a remarkable aging in the bottle.
Sometimes, it is forgotten that a good evolution in the bottle is so important and, for some types of wines, a synonym for quality.
The meaning of Verum is “the true” and that is the goal, to show the quality. 100% of our vineyards have been certified as organic since the harvest 2013.
VERUM CUVÉE 1222 2014, THE ONLY ORGANIC WINE FROM OF SPAIN TO BE AWARDED IN THE SAUVIGNON DU MONDE...
- Silver medal in the Sauvignon du Monde competition held in Bordeaux.
Verum Cuvée 1222 Sauvignon Blanc Fermented and aged in barrel 2014 is the only organic wine from Spain to obtain a medal in the prestigious Sauvignon du Monde competition where the best Sauvignon Blanc wines from the world were competing.
860 samples from most of the wine producing countries have undergone blind tasting by the 65 judges during the days 3 and 4 of March in Bordeaux. Among them, only 18 Spanish wines have been awarded: 11 with a gold medal and 7 with a silver medal.
The exceptional nature of the Sauvignon Blanc grape, both on the nose and on the palate, makes it one of the most appreciated grape varieties by consumers and thanks to its perfect adaptation to different climates,it may be found in both hemispheres being one of the most widely planted white varieties.
Verum Cuvée 1222 is a 100% Sauvignon Blanc wine from a specific plot of the vineyard Casa Ramiro, a estate whose poor and shallow soils are very rich in limestone. It is harvested by hand using boxes during the first hours of the day, then clusters and berries are selected to ferment directly into French oak barrels where they will stay for 4 months in contact with fine lees. Afterwards, it will rest at least one year in the bottle until it reaches the market.
Since 2013, all the vineyards of Bodegas y Viñedos Verum hold the “organic” certificate, which is internationally known. Sustainable vineyards, low production where no fertilizer or non natural product is used to preserve the mucrobial flora of the soil and respect the environment.
- Bodegas y Viñedos VERUM has hosted the IV Contest Best Sommelier of Castilla-La Mancha
- Sommelier Valentín Checa has passed the test for the third consecutive year, something just a few sommeliers have achieved in other regions
- The 1st and 2nd place qualify for the national final held in Madrid next April
Ramón Sánchez, president of the Association of Sommeliers and Friends of Wine in Castilla La Mancha, opened the day that took place at the premises of Bodegas y Viñedos Verum de Tomelloso on Monday March 13th: “a day to celebrate for sommeliers and wine professionals”.
14 sommeliers underwent a demanding theoretical test and blind tasting to select the 3 finalists: Valentín Checa, who is currently working in the Ormer Mayfair restaurant in London. Jose Carlos Rodriguez Maroto, from El patio Chato Grato in Valdepeñas and David Alcántara from Oliva Garden restaurant in Jaén.
According to the jury, the winner was Valentín Checa, who gets the trophy for the third consecutive year and together with José Carlos Rodríguez will represent Castilla-La Mancha in the national final to be held in Madrid next April.
The members of the jury were Custodio López Zamarra, Rafael Bellido, Sergio Castillo and Marilú de Torres who had the responsibility of evaluating the finalists’ tests: the service of the sparkling Gran Cueva, the foodpairing, proposing different wines and the most visual one, that is, decanting and service of the red Verum Coupage.
While the written test was being carried out, members of the sommelier association and the jury toured the winery and underground cellar where they were pleased to taste a brandy distilled in 1912. Contestants also made the visit and signed a Barrel on the occasion of the contest.
Elías López Montero, winemaker of the winery, remarked the importance of sommeliers in the sector as the necessary link between the producer and the final customer to the point of becoming opinion leaders of the good wines from Spain. He also put in value the professional service in restaurants and the firm commitment of Verum to support these professionals.
- Verum V Tempranillo Reserva de Familia 2010, got a new gold medal at the prestigious Mundus Vini competition.
- CINVE 2017 has awarded two gold medals to Verum Roble 2013 and Verum Gewürztraminer grape spirit.
March 2017. Bodegas y Viñedos Verum welcomes the month of March being awarded new and important recognitions to its wines and distillates in international competitions.
Verum V Tempranillo Reserva Familiar 2010 adds a new gold medal to its record in the Mundus Vini 2017 contest, one of the most prestigious in the world, with more than 6200 wines from 150 wine regions of the world that are exposed to a jury of More than 200 international experts from 44 countries. This vintage already got a gold medal in the Tempranillos Al Mundo contest 2015 and 2016. The 2009 harvest treasures more than 10 gold, silver medals and the highest commendations in international competitions and guides.
Two more items have been awarded a gold medal at the CINVE International Wine and Spirits Competition held from the 10th to the 13th of February in Huelva. Verum Roble 2013 a red wine with a 6 months aging in French oak barrels and made with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo and Verum Grape Spirit Gewürztraminer adds a new gold medal to its successful history and so ratifying itself as the best distillate in the world in its category with a score of two tens of silver, gold and great gold medals in international competitions.
For Verum winemaker, Elías López Montero, these awards endorse the work the team has been doing since the foundation of the winery, a project based on the vineyard and respect for what comes from it: a meticulous process of selecting the best bunches of grapes and then sorting grapes from organic viticulture.
- Bodegas y Viñedos has created a range of candles with aromas of three of its wines: Verum Malvasía, Verum Merlot Selección and Gran Cueva Brut Nature Chardonnay.
- The Winemaker, Elías López Montero has joined a team of perfumers in the creative process of the aromas to match his wines.
Bodegas y Viñedos Verum has created a range of candles with aromas of three of its wines: Malvasia, Merlot and Great Cueva Brut Nature Chardonnay. This complex creative process required the winemaker of the winery Elías López Montero to join a team of perfumers to obtain the aromas that clearly remember his creations. Now the aromas of wine are no longer those of the glass and will créate an atmosphere for all lovers of wine, a new way of dressing the home with the aroma of the best wines
For the creation of the candles, the aromatic compounds of each of the wines were analysed to reproduce them later. Each wine is unique and it is very difficult to reproduce its aromas in the laboratory, which is why the winemaker’s sense of smell was vital to synthesize the aromas and focus on the most representative ones, so any Verum customer will recognize the aromas in the candles and, on the other hand, any wine lover will identify the varietal aromas they offer.
The candle that reproduces the wine Malvasía de Verum recalls soft and floral aromas with roses mixed with fruity and sweet hints like pear in a spicy pepper background.
The candle that reproduces the wine Merlot Selección remembers wine and fruity aromas with notes of red fruits and floral hints of violets with a final touch of sweetness that reminds the spicy notes of cinnamon.
The greatest challenge was the aroma of Gran Cueva Brut Nature Chardonnay which reminds us of a delicious aroma of sweet cream toast with citric and floral notes and a touch of powdered chocolate.
The candles are presented in 240 ml glasses, each one in an box and have a duration of 48 hours.
They can be purchased in the online store of the winery www.bodegasverum.com and in specialized wine and decoration shops.
- The Spanish Federation of Associations of Winemakers has published the resultS of the Tempranillos al Mundo contest held from the 8th to 10th November in Ourense
- Verum V Family Reserve 2010 is recognized for the second consecutive year with the gold medal which makes it one of the few 100% tempranillos to obtain 2 medals for the same vintage and to add a third gold in the harvest 2009.
November 2016. Bodegas y Viñedos Verum has obtained a new gold medal for one of its premium wines, Verum V Tempranillo Family Reserve. Yesterday The Spanish Federation of Associations of Winemakers announced the list of the best wines in the world made with the Tempranillo variety. In this list Verum appears again as in 2013 and 2015.
The only two vintages for sale to date treassure more than half a dozen gold medals and high ratings in international guides, always over 90 points. It is not by chance that a wine receives such an unanimous recognition
Verum V Tempranillo Family Reserve comes from a single plot, a dryland vineyard planted in low bush in the early 60’s of last century, in a place called “Las Tinadas” with mainly limestone soils and poor in organic matter. Fermentation takes place in French oak barrels where it subsequently ages for 18 months. After bottling, it will have a long process of rounding in the bottle before the wine reaches the market with a minimum of 5 years.
The success of a wine is not only in the vineyard but also the technical means and last, but not least, the experience of the winemaker; in this case Elías López Montero applies his expertise and knowhow to read the different variables of each vintage to achieve unanimity with the specialized press and the most demanding competitions.
Elías López Montero is one of the most awarded winemakers in Spain. In only 10 harvests leading the project of Verum, he accumulates dozens of international prizes and recognitions both to his wines and to the singlevarietal spirits that he elaborates
- This grape spirit has just been awarded the Gold Medal at the Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2016 a recognition that places it among the best spirits of the world.
- Our wine VERUM TEMPRANILLO RESERVA FAMILIAR also obtained silver medal at the international competition Mundus Vini 2016
The results of the Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2016 held from 24 to 26 August in Mexico are already public unvealing great news for Bodegas Verum with the award of the gold medal for Verum Sauvignon Blanc Grape Spirit, a recognition another premium distillate VERUM, Gewürztraminer grape spirit, obtained in the past and it is considered the best in the world in its category.
Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2016 is considered one of the most prestigious professional world contests for distillates. In the 2016 edition held in Mexico nearly 1200 distillates from 48 countries entered the competition. Only three distillates and four vermouth from Spain have obtained medals this time.
Today, the 19th Great International Wine Award Mundus Vini has also published the results and Verum has obtained a silver medal for Tempranillo Reserva Familiar 2010, a wine made from 100% Tempranillo grapes from vineyards over 50 years.
These medals increase the reputation and notoriety of the wines and spirits produced by López Montero family at their winery and distillery located in Tomelloso under the VERUM brand. Altogether they count 40 international awards for the range of varietal brandies: Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Tempranillo aged in oak and Airen macerated with herbs and similar number of awards for the range of white, red and sparkling wines.
Verum grape brandies are unique in their manufacturing process. The grapes come from the family owned vineyards and the production is certified organic from 2013. After a triple selection (firstly in vineyard and then the bunches and berries on the table), they undergo a maceration in stainless steel vat and subsequently part of the must is racked by bleeding and the rest stays with grape skins and seed to ferment; without adding sulphur it distillates in a special distiller in a water bath. A slow process at lower temperatures than usual allowing to reach the concentration of varietal aromas and providing a greasy and smooth palate for an excellent digestive.
I do not like to make conclusions prematurely, my short experience taught me how useless it is and, when I ever dared to, I was always wrong … I never liked to play pretending to be a soothsayer so, if I am ever asked for an advanced report about the harvest 2016 , I try to be extremely cautious. Could anybody by any chance imagine these temperatures in early September? A winemaker and good friend of mine says the conventional patterns do no longer exist in wine universe.
Thus, we wake up in Sept. 7th with such a heatwave that the chickens are laying hard-boiled eggs (in original: “con una ola de calor de las de órdago a grande, a pares y juego… y quién conozca este juego que levante la mano”, in reference to the Spanish card game Mus)…and whoever expected this, please, raise your hand. The harvest is great so far but certainly these temperatures will mark the future wines.
Nevertheless, do not panic; in wine business, we all tend to demonize the heat and, to tell the truth, some varietals will take it for good as the content of malic acid is high and this could certainly be a critical point or, at least, a risk likely to be monitored when the phenolic maturity is approaching. Such heat will reduce that content to a more appropriate level.
Furthermore, the sanitary state is excellent, the rain during the unusually wet Spring, that´s all we need…, has given the plants the suitable strength to protect the fruit from excessive solar radiation which also minimized the need for external water.
To this day, Sauvignon blanc, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay are already in the winery and merlot is entering too so we may assure the musts are really outstanding despite the fact that the sugar content this year is higher than desired; this way, we might have more warmth in the final wines and a good integration of the alcohol will be the “hot” issue, never said better, this harvest.
In Verum we promise to keep surprising you and, if last year was the Malvasia which concentrated our efforts to innovate, for this year we are preparing a small revolution in a risky way by facing the creation of more remarkable wines with a radical and different style. Why? Well, as Radio Futura ( Spanish pop band from the 80s) sang : “the taste of dark grape … I liked the blonde too”. But, please, allow me to keep the cat in the bag for a while … Let’s stay in the good path and feel the soil under our feet.
Happy Harvest, my friends!
The saying goes that by Saint Joaquin and Saint Ana the grapes get coloured; with the sun as a witness, in the second half of July the vineyard is in one of its crucial points, perhaps the most important process after flowering. The berries are green and develop a photosynthetic activity as if they were leaves. Its sugar content is low and acidity is too high, the grain is inedible, precisely because of the high content of acids.
With veraison process begins the great transformation in the cluster: acids (mainly malic acid, tartaric acid, and a lesser presence of citric acid) are yielding in favor of sugars (fructose and glucose) as a result of photosynthesis and from reserves that were being accumulated in the wood of the plant. This is one of the reasons that older vineyards have higher quality and more regular maturation within the same plot.
This process not only occurs in the biochemical composition of the fruit, but also it is visible in the visual aspect of the cluster, by causing a color change from green to yellow in white varieties or to the black-bluish color in red varieties.
Bodegas Verum is the star of a tasting with Hiroshi Ishida, the Best Sommelier of Asia and Oceania...
Our doors are always open to anyone who wants to visit us and every time we visit most influential people in the wine industry worldwide. Among those personalities, last year we were honoured to have Mr. Hiroshi Ishida, probably the most prestigious Japanese Sommelier as in 2015 he was given the title of Best Sommelier of Asia and Oceania and also this year he has ranked as nr. 13 in the Best Sommelier of the World contest.
There’s nothing quite like stepping on soil and breathing the air to understand a land. Mr. Ishida was surprised with our landscape that reminded him his reading of Don Quixote and realized how great this land is, that is, a unique terroir. He liked the style and personality of Verum wines.
During the tasting, he found outstanding the way the terroir and the typical limestone of our poor and dry soils impregnate the whole Verum range to its maximum expression. He also remarked the aromas and especially the freshness of the wines despite our warm and extreme weather. He noted everything and trasured a print of his whole experience in his mind.
A few weeks ago, Mr. Ishida proposed we repeat that experience in Japan. Tokyo was the chosen city and most of the guests were experts in Spanish cuisine (much appreciated in that country). Elias, our winemaker and Ikumi Harada, head of Verum in Japan, travelled to Tokyo to join him in the tasting, present our region and show them our philosophy.
Some of the vintages were the same Mr Ishida had tasted a year ago in the cellar so he revisited his original notes and compared the nose and palate impressions and the evolution in time after a few months time, highlighting their strength and good performance.
There is no secret but working from the vineyards; in the words of Elías, the challenge consists of moving everything we find in the grape to the final wine, which will increase the persistency of aromas. He did also noted that this tasting session was a brilliant one because Ishida is a great professional who makes the difference.
Bodegas Verum practices include the techniques of green harvesting and thinning clusters. By means of these practices we aim to adjust the production to our quality parameters by cleaning up the clusters of grapes. It is also called thinning because those clusters that are too close together are removed to allow a uniform ripening.
This practice is carried out a few days before the veraison period, when the bunches have reached their optimum size. If this is done earlier, the remaining clusters might grow bigger than desired.
These two restaurants have become a classic in the list prepared by the prestigious magazine Wine Spectator.
Wine Spectator, one of the most prestigious wine magazines, has published the annual list of the best restaurants in the world for wine and the 2016 Grand Award prizes. The magazine recognizes restaurants with the best wine list and service
The list compiles 3595 restaurants around the world that are recognised in one of these three categories: Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and the most important of all: Grand Award, which has only been given to 88 restaurants in the world.
Award of Excellence is the lowest of the three categories but not less important. 2414 restaurants are recognised for setting their wine lists with a minimum of 90 references and, apart from taking into account the quality and origin of the wine, of course, they must be in accordance with the restaurant’s menu.
Best of Award of Excellence rewards those restaurants that show a greater commitment to wine. Their wine lists usually exceed 350 references and quality and origin of wines, that should have the same references in different formats and vintages. Service of wine and restaurant menu are also highly valued. 1,093 restaurants are awarded in this category.
Grand Award is the highest recognition and this year only 88 restaurants were awarded worldwide. To be recognised with the Grand Award, restaurants must clearly show they the importance given to wine, both on the table and with the food pairing. It is usual that the wine lists exceed 1000 references including the best wines of the world and different vintages. The diversity of formats (capacity of the bottle) is also taken into account and wines must be from the most prestigious areas of the world so, to sum it up, they become authentic precious jewels for collectors and available to anyone who can pay.
There are only two Spanish restaurants among the 88: Restaurante ATRIO from Cáceres is nr 6 and Restaurante Rekondo from San Sebastián is nr 62. It is noteworthy the fact that 60 restaurants out of the 88 are from EE.UU and the rest are from Italy(5), China(4), France(3), Australia (3), Canada (39, England (3) and Denmark, Bahamas, Austria, Singapore and Germany with 1 award-winning restaurant.
Among the 88 there are only two Spaniards. # 6 in Caceres Atrio restaurant and # 62 Rekondo of San Sebastian. It is noteworthy that of the 88 restaurants, 60 are from the United States and the rest of Italy (5), China (4), France (3), Australia (3) Canada (3), England (2) and Denmark, Bahamas, Monaco, Austria, Singapore and Germany 1 award-winning restaurant
These awards are given with the premise of the work of sommelier (service, wine selection) wine list configuration, price of different references, kitchen, average prices of restaurant. … The menu must be at the same level as the wine and so everything in the restaurant.
You may find below the list of the 88 Grand Award. To see the other winners in the other two categories restaurants, you can click on this link: https://restaurants.winespectator.com/ in which there is a search engine this list.
- ’21’ Club (Nueva York)
- A Voce Columbus (Nueva York, Estados Unidos)
- Acquerello (California, Estados Unidos)
- Addison (California, Estados Unidos)
- Antica Bottega Del Vino (Verona, Italia)
- Atrio (Cáceres, España)
- Aureole Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Estados Unidos)
- Aux Beaux Arts (Macao, China)
- Bern’s Steak House (Florida, Estados Unidos)
- Billy Crews Dining Room (Nuevo México, Estados Unidos)
- Blackberry Farm (Tennessee, Estados Unidos)
- Blantyre (Massachusetts, Estados Unidos)
- Bleu Provence (Florida, Estados Unidos)
- Blue Hill At Stone Barns (Nueva York, Estados Unidos)
- Canlis (Washington, Estados Unidos)
- Capo (California, Estados Unidos)
- Clos Maggiore (Londres, Inglaterra)
- Commander’s Palace (Louisiana, Estados Unidos)
- Crabtree’s Kittle House Inn (Nueva York, Estados Unidos)
- Daniel (Nueva York, Estados Unidos)
- Del Posto (Nueva York, Estados Unidos)
- Delmonico Steakhouse (Las Vegas, Estados Unidos)
- Don Alfonso 1890 (Macao, China)
- Element 47 (Colorado, Estados Unidos)
- Eleven Madison Park (Nueva York, Estados Unidos)
- Emeril’s New Orleans (Louisiana, Estados Unidos)
- Enoteca Pinchiorri (Florencia, Italia)
- Epicure (Paris, Francia)
- Flagstaff House Restaurant (Colorado. Estados Unidos)
- Geranium (Copenhague, Dinamarca)
- Graycliff Restaurant (Nassau, Bahamas)
- HMF at The Breakers (Florida, Estados Unidos)
- Il Poeta Contadino (Alberobello, Italia)
- Jean-Georges (Nueva York, Estados Unidos)
- Joël Robuchon Restaurant (Nevada, Estados Unidos)
- La Ciau Del Tornavento (Cuneo, Italia)
- La Pergola (Roma, Italia)
- La Toque (California, Estados Unidos)
- Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse (Montecarlo, Monaco)
- Le Taillevent (París, Francia)
- Les Amis (Singapur)
- L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (Hong Kong, China)
- Marcello’s La Sirena (Florida, Estados Unidos)
- Murray Circle Restaurant (California, Estados Unidos)
- Nice Matin (Nueva York, Estados Unidos)
- Opus Restaurant On Prince Arthur (Ontario, Canadá)
- Palais Coburg (Viena, Austria)
- Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Dallas (Texas, Estados Unidos)
- Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Houston (Texas, Estados Unidos)
- Patina (California, Estados Unidos)
- Pearl & Ash (Nueva York, Estados Unidos)
- Per Se (Nueva York, Estados Unidos)
- Picasso (Nevada, Estados Unidos)
- Post Hotel Dining Room (Alberta, Canadá)
- Print Hall (Western Australia, Australia)
- RN74 (California, Estados Unidos)
- Restaurant 301 At The Hotel Carter (California, Estados Unidos)
- Restaurant Gary Danko (California, Estados Unidos)
- Restaurant Guy Savoy (Nevada, Estados Unidos)
- Restaurant Jörg Müller (Sylt-Westerland, Alemania)
- Restaurant Latour (Nueva Jersey, Estados Unidos)
- Restaurante Rekondo (San Sebastián, España)
- Robuchon Au Dôme (Macao, China)
- Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney (New South Wales, Australia)
- Royal Mail Hotel (Victoria, Australia)
- Saison (California, Estados Unidos)
- Sierra Mar (California, Estados Unidos)
- Spago Beverly Hills (California, Estados Unidos)
- Spruce (California, Estados Unidos)
- Studio (California, Estados Unidos)
- The American Hotel (Nueva York, Estados Unidos)
- The Angus Barn (Carolina del Norte, Estados Unidos)
- The French Laundry (California, Estados Unidos)
- The Greenhouse (Londres, Inglaterra)
- The Inn At Little Washington (Virginia, Estados Unidos)
- The Modern (Nueva York, Estados Unidos)
- The Pluckemin Inn (Nueva Jersey, Estados Unidos)
- The Plumed Horse (California, Estados Unidos)
- The Restaurant At Meadowood (California, Estados Unidos)
- The Stonehouse (California, Estados Unidos)
- The Village Pub (California, Estados Unidos)
- Topper’s At The Wauwinet (Massachusetts, Estados Unidos)
- Tour D’Argent (Paris, Francia)
- Tribeca Grill (Nueva York, Estados Unidos)
- Tru (Illinois, Estados Unidos)
- Valentino (California, Estados Unidos)
- Via Allegro Ristorante (Ontario, Canadá)
- Wild Ginger (Washington, Estados Unidos)
Final del formulario
Los vinos de bodegas Verum han armonizado con las creaciones gastronómicas del chef Iván Cerdeño (1* Michelín) en la embajada española en Bruselas.
El evento, organizado por Turespaña bajo el lema ‘Viaje al sabor de España’, ha contado con destacadas personalidades que acompañaron a Elías y Belén López Montero en la degustación de sus vinos
Los vinos de Bodegas Verum han sido protagonistas dentro de las jornadas que promueve la oficina española de turismo en Bruselas y el Instituto Cervantes de la capital belga para fomentar el destino gastronómico y la conmemoración del IV Centenario de la muerte de Cervantes.
Coincidiendo con el día mundial de la tapa, se celebró un evento en la embajada española de Bruselas con la degustación de la cocina del chef Iván Cerdeño del restaurante El Carmen de Montesión de Toledo, primero de la ciudad imperial en conseguir 1 estrella michelín. que hizo un recorrido por la gastronomía de Castilla La Mancha tan vinculada a Cervantes y a su obra cumbre, Don Quijote de La Mancha. En esta experiencia gastronómica, los asistentes pudieron degustar distintos vinos de la bodega, acompañados de Elías López Montero (enólogo) y Belén López Montero, consejera delegada de Verum.
Este evento también contó con la presencia destacada del director de la Oficina Española de Turismo (OET), Felipe Formariz Pombo, el presidente de la Junta de Comunidades de Castilla la Mancha Emiliano García Page, la consejera de Economía, Empresas y Empleo, Patricia Franco y representantes de la embajada entre otras personalidades.
La Oficina Española de Turismo, en colaboración con siete restaurantes españoles ha organizado del 10 al 19 de junio la Semana de la Tapa en Bruselas, en el que cada uno de estos restaurantes ha elaborado un menú especial de tapas que podrán degustar todos aquellos que les visiten durante esos días. Para destacar el centenario de la muerte de Miguel de Cervantes, las tapas serán un homenaje al escritor y a los personajes de su novela más universal, El Quijote. Cada uno de los restaurantes participantes se ha inspirado en ellos a la hora de elaborar las tapas que van a presentar durante toda la semana.
+ The presentation coincides with the inauguration of the exhibition of the winner photographs of the II Verum National Photograph Competition Wine and Harvest.
+ Last Friday 3rd June we had the tasting in El Rinconcito, popular local wine place in Tomelloso.
+ The aromatic Malvasía of Verum is the first one elaborated in Castilla La Mancha with this appreciated variety, more typical of Canary Islands and Mediterranean places.
9th June is the chosen day by Bodegas Verum to begin the exhibition of the winner photographs of the II Verum National Photograph Competition Wine and Harvest in the restaurant Metro Bistró, sited in C/ Imperial nº 3 of the capital. Coinciding with the inauguration, the new vintages of the winery, among others, like the last creation Malvasía Aromatic, will be presented to the public in Madrid. A dry wine, full of floral aromas and an unctuous character, with good acidity and long finish.
Verum is the first winery in Castilla La Mancha to bet on the aromatic malvasia, variety normally found in the Canary Islands apart from other provinces in Spain. Talk about the malvasía means talking about the oldest variety known. Its origin is confusing although it is normally in Grece; it was then distributed from the ancient Greek islands all over the Mediterranean arriving to the Canary Islands short after it was conquered.
Bodegas Verum bet on the Malvasia because of its innovation in the wine industry. The election is not a whim but a clear and defined bet to change La Mancha wine scene, aromatic wines good in mouth and acidity, something viable thanks to these type of projects. Don’t forget that the winery is the pioneer to bring varieties such as the Gewürztraminer to the region.
The design in the bottle shows a duck which shares the name with the “MALVASIA cabeciblanca” that can be found in the wetlands in La Mancha, closed to Tomelloso. Its peculiar blue beak gives the background color to the label and its figure is the emblem.
To Elías Lopez, winemaker in the winery, the elaboration of this wine means a challenge as much a satisfaction, because there are not similar examples in the region and at the same time shows how Castilla La Mancha is the ground of great white wines, a region to be oenologically discovered.