Murcia, Spain

Exploring the Land of Monastrell


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The last day was spent exploring the DO Bullas, known for its long standing tradition in wine-growing and where more than 200 preserved (some full, some partially) Bodegas exist - most of them built between the 18th and 19th centuries.  Resembling a rural town, in comparison to Murcia and Jumilla, there's a surprisingly sophisticated and modern Museo Del Vino (Museum of Wine) in Bullas - built on top of a one of Murcia's largest and most productive preserved wineries from 200 years ago.  No longer in use, of course, the preservation of history is completely awe inspiring.  We listened to a fabulous presentation on Monastrell from French winemaker, Daniel Giménez, who works for several Murcia wineries, visited and tasted the wines of Bodegas del Rosario, stopped by the famous Salto Del Usero and had mouthwatering rural rabbit paella in one of the regions old flour mills that was converted into a restaurant: Molino de Abajo. Many of the winemakers, winery owners and managers we met on our trip met us at this rural restaurant for our last lunch of the trip, towing with them the wines of all three DOs - it was absolutely incredible.

With each day of our trip being filled with unforgettable wines, foods and experiences with amazing people, I'll be showcasing each winery (along with tasting notes of my favorite wines) on

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  • Snooth User: steve666
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    As I understand it, Monastrell is the Spanish name for Mourvedre and 100% Mouvedre is available from Spanish producers in several areas, the south of France and even some California wines. I have had some very good cheap Spanish Monastrells and they are rather different than those of the Rhone/Languedoc and California. I find them to be on the light to medium side of the spectrum.

    Aug 15, 2013 at 5:10 AM

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