Friday, October 30, 2009

Bodegas Cueva Artisanal Organic Wines

The Utiel-Requena area and Denomination of Origin for wine is about one hour due west of Valencia city. Known for its native Bobal grapes, the area has a long history of viticulture dating back over 2000 years. Today almost 100,000 acres are in grape production with over one hundred registered bodegas (wineries) of which seven are certified organic.

One of these is Bodegas Cueva, a small organic winery priding itself on its artisanal wines. Grape varieties used are the local Bobal, as well as Tempranillo and Garnacha. Cueva is housed in a well-preserved 18th century winery that is under renovation to better accommodate tastings, as well as workshops the Bodega plans to offer on wine-making.

Cueva currently offers two red, dry wines, Cueva Selección de Finca and Barrica Selección.

The head of wine production is musician, Mariano Taberner, who plays music to the wine to make it happy and delicious. Passionate Adela Hernandez is in charge of promotion and sales. You can find Bodegas Cueva in the town of La Portera just south of the town of Requena.

Bodegas Cueva. Calle Mayor, 2, La Portera, 46357, Requena (Valencia); Tel 963 931 827; Email:; Web site:

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