You only need to talk to José Luis Salòn for a couple of minutes to know what a warm and impassioned man he is, particularly when it comes to wine. He has been leading a wonderful family project since the 1990s that looks to restore the local Bobal grape to its glory and quality. In order to do this he has surrounded himself with people of repute like Richard Smart (globally renowned oenologist) and Mario Malafosse (winemaker from the bodegas Mustiguillo).
Bodegas Pasiego is located at an altitude of 900 metres, in Sinarcas, the last village in Valancia, on the border with Cuenca. The climate there is extreme - long, cold winters with temperatures as low as -20°C and short, hot summers with big temperature fluctuations between day and night. This climate is responsible for the wonderful acidity and aromas typical of the Bobal grapes from this area. Bobal is the most important grape. Pasiego also grows Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Macabeo and Chardonnay. The winemakers swear by lower yields, hand picking and sustainability - even the corks come from the sustainably managed forests of the Sierra de Espadàn. In sum: the focus is on quality and individuality.
D.O. Utiel-Requena: This D.O. is located on the central plateau (meseta) of central Spain to the west of Valencia. With its 40,000 hectares of vineyards, a good 7,000 winegrowers and 110 recognised bodegas, it is one of Spain's largest wine regions. Situated to the west of the Province of Valencia it has a rather temperate climate for this country in both summer and winter. 'The' native grape is Bobal. Additionally Cencibel (= Tempranillo), Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha Tinta can all be used here
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