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Overseeing Monastrell grapes

Overseeing Monastrell grapes

Name: Agustin Carrión Olivares

Winery: Bodegas Barahonda

Town/Country: Yecla Spain

  1. Which spot in your vineyard is the most special and why?

Campo Arriba, this is the name of an area in the north of Yecla, where the altitude is 700-800 metres above the sea level. The soil is limestone and gravel. In this area are the oldest vines, that produce very concentrate grapes with a small production but high quality.

modern winery

modern winery

2. If you link the dots in your life, which experience was the most crucial relating to how you make your wine today?

The most important moment was, when the Winery Barahonda was built. Previously I was working with the same family, in the old Winery Bodegas Antonio Candela. In Barahonda the philosophy is produce quality bottled wine under D.O. Yecla.

3. What kind of music do you enjoy listening to when making wine in your cellar?

During the harvest I like listening rock music like AC/DC.

4. Name a regional dish from your area, which matches best with one of your wines.

The dishes queso frito con tomate match with the wine Carro, and arroz con caracoles match with the wine Tranco.

paella with snails

paella with snails

5. Name a restaurant from your recent travels around the world, which changed the way you thought about food and why?

“Mesón el Lagar de Isilla” Aranda de Duero, Burgos.  The dish “Lechazo Asado” is very tradicional in Aranda de Duero.  I was surprised with this dish, the meat has Origin Denomination of Castilla y León and this food and Ribera del Duero wines, are completely involved.

6. If your wine would die, who or what would it come back as (person/animal)?

A lion with personality, powerful and elegance.

Old vines Monastrell

Old vines Monastrell