- The prestigious DECANTER publishes an article signed by Dirceu Vianna Junior MW with the wine trends for 2021, highlighting the ULTERIOR project by Bodegas Verum and the wine Las Tinada Airén Pie Franco in Spain
Bodegas Verum begins 2021 setting a trend with its wines at an international level, as highlighted by the DECANTER publication, being the only winery in the country to appear in this ranking.
Under the title: “Top wine trends form 2021: countries, varieties and styles worth exploring”, the master of wine discovers the 10 wine trends for 2021, countries, varieties and styles of wine that must be known to see how the market and global viticulture evolve from the perspective of quality.
South America, Croatia, Austrian reds, Slovenian whites, Creole grapes or the plantings of the Albariño variety in countries such as Chile, South Africa, Brazil or Australia (among others). Orange wines or low alcohol wines. In short, countries, varieties and styles worth exploring to see where the markets and consumer tastes are heading.
About Spain he talks about how the perceptions of our wines are changing, from traditional Riojas or prestige Cavas to emerging regions. The large number of producers and exciting varieties to discover stand out, emphasizing the terroir. At this point, he remarks the ULTERIOR project masterminded for Verum by Elías López Montero and his brothers to battle against the effects of climate change in La Mancha region. This Project helped them change the perception that this region has to be dismissed for its hot and dry climate: high quality wines can be produced.
To achieve this, Elías works with varieties such as Tinto Velasco, Malvasia de Sitges, Moravia Agria, Albillo Real and Albillo Mayor, among others, with which he crafts terroir-driven wines that stand out for their freshness. It also stands out, like other great world prescribers do, the LAS TINADAS project with which “textual words” challenges the belief that Airén, one of the world´s most widely planted varieties with dubious quality credentials, is capable of producing high quality wines.
Verum Las Tinadas Airén is recommended in its TOP 10 wine trends to buy in 2021, and awards 92 points to this unique and exclusive white wine with this tasting comments: “This wine shows what this humble grape can achieve. Aromas of honeysuckle, fresh dough and lemon skin. The savoury fresh palate beautifully textured, the result of long ageing in old clay amphoras”.
Elías López Montero, winemaker at the winery, highlights the importance of talking about a wine from Castilla-La Mancha as a world trend, alongside others from such exciting areas such as the Douro Valley (Portugal), Croatia, Slovenia, Itata Valley (Chile) or Austria among others.
- 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.