Sunday, May 16, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Visiting Torre Oria cellar

In the town of Requena, right in the village of El Derramador find a beautiful building and is noted for its domed tower and a surrounding balcony and minaret for the control of the surroundings. 

The building dates from the late XIX century and was commissioned by a family from northern Spain, which did business in the booming silk industry in Requena in previous centuries and until the end of XIX century. The winery-palace of the Oria family was sold in the 50s of the twentieth century to five families  from Requena who founded a cooperative that ultimately Torre Oria named in honor of their fold propietary. Today belongs to the group Natra, related group the cocoa industry. 

In today's visit we entered the house that is kept in the same state as it was when they bought these families, we visited the rooms and then we come to watch the old winery, which today are the old desks for the cava and the trulli or wineries where the wine was fermented and stored. 

The walk through the subways, which are the same but reported trulli, are used to relax the cellars, which Requena at the end of the 80 officially began to develop within the CR Cava, although in previous years were already being successfully . The most emblematic cellars winery rest for 4 years and are prepared manually desks, cava Centenario (100) Torre Oria is prepared in this way. 

The rest of cava production relies on the modern ship port that communicates with the old, and where we have seen up to 3.5 million bottles of cava in its different varieties, as well as machines that mechanically replace the old desks and turning the bottles ranging in metal cages with many bottles at once. 

As for the wines, produce enough quantity and trademarks and aging room containing some 3500 Bordeaux barrels of 225 liters, which can produce more than 1 million bottles of red aged wine, in addition to the young, rosé and white are produced more wine than cava.
The rest of the store communicates with the houses used by the employees at the time that today are used to tasting room and shop. Today we tasted the cava Centenario, a Brut Nature Cava, with 44 months in bottle, golden yellow, dry and with fine bubbles, very fruity and soft on the palate. 

We tested also the young white
Macabeo and rosé  Bobal, the first with aromas of banana and pineapple, yellow color and very fresh and fruity. The rosé bobal was delicious, pink and violet aromas with strawberries and raspberries, it is very aromatic and fresh. These wines are marketed under the brand Marqués de Requena.  

The red Nu, part of the DO Valencia and is a varietal Syrah, very meaty, dark and roasted aromas of old leather, with a raising of nine months. The winery produces for more Utiel-Requena wines Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva with brands Marques de Requena and Torre Oria, we could not prove for lack of time, but we really liked the attention of Irene and their explanations , which have helped us know this winery as emblematic of the area.

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