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Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Utiel-Requena, Valencia
People: Mariano Taberner, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Certified Organic
It doesn't get much more old school than Bodegas Cueva. Although it was founded in 2000, the original winery is from the 18th century and not much has changed since then. The land hosts a variety of centenary (100+ years old) vines of Tempranillo, Bobal, and Tardana. Tardana is a white grape that is used for most of their sparkling wines.
Mariano Taberner knows his land intricately and, in an almost mystical way, translates the Mediterranean essence through his grapes. One of the first to be certified organic (by the Comité de Agricultura Ecológica de la Comunidad Valenciana), he is committed to biodiversity and the health of his vineyards.
All of the wines are kept naturally cool in long, undisturbed underground cellars. As a winemaker, he's known for being a bit of a magician, using unique fermentation techniques and unconventional vinification methods. Everything is bottled without filtering, fining, added sulfites, or additions of any kind.
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