Wine magazine Decanter recently highlighted a Spanish region with a lengthy and special winemaking history: DO Valencia. The overview and recommendations come from Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW. Winemaking in this region can be traced back to the Phoenicians, and by the 19th century the region has a solid position in the global wine trade, positioning itself as a leading port for bulk wine exports to France and other countries. Years later, wineries modernized their facilities and started to produce better wines for consumers, though they arguably “lacked a Valencian identity.”
Finally, in the 21st century, wineries in the region started to use their native grape varieties, of which there are ten, to produce authentic wines with a unique identity. As the area is home to very different landscapes, sub-zones and grapes, producers have the ability to create a very diverse selection. Ballesteros describes the region as a “mosaic of different wines.”
The wines he recommends all have distinct personalities and are not commercial, mass market bottles. This includes Bodegas Vegamar, Oro de Alejandría 2019; Cherubino Valsangiacomo, Malvasía de Sant Jaume 2019; Baldovar 923, Rascaña 2018; Javi Revert, Simeta 2018; Celler del Roure, Safra 2019; Bodegas Los Frailes, Dolomitas 2018; and Anecoop Vinos de la Viña, Los Escribanos 2017.