Spanish wine of less than 16 euros chosen among the world’s top

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Tarima hill Spanish wine

A Spanish wine that already took 17th place in the ‘Top 100 wines’ of Wine Spectator seven years ago, has now achieved eighth place in the ‘Top 10 Values of 2023 of the same leading American magazine. And that for a very reasonable price.

The Valencian wine Tarima Hill has nestled among the top ten wines worldwide with the best price-quality ratio according to Wine Spectator. A renowned tasting team annually compiles a ranking of the best wines that stand out for their high quality. Furthermore, the wines must be produced in sufficient quantities to be widely available. And, although it seems impossible, they must cost less than forty dollars (around €35). A bottle of Tarima Hill wine costs about €15 in Spain.

Elle magazine spoke with its creator, Rafa Cañizares of Bodegas y Viñedos Rafa Cañizares. His expertise has made Tarima Hill a market leader in the Spanish wine industry. According to Cañizares, Tamira Hill is made according to the American profile: it is a powerful, tasty wine with a lot of body. Due to the low amounts of precipitation in Alicante, the wine is more concentrated and alcoholic.

From local tradition to international success

The Bodega is part of a family business with more than four generations of experience in wine growing. Cañizares founded a new branch in 2004 with the aim of promoting high-quality Spanish wines by reviving old vineyards of autochthonous varieties that would otherwise be lost. These include varieties such as monastrell, merseguera, tempranillo, macabeo and moscatel, sourced from vineyards in Alicante, Jumilla, Valencia and Castilla-La Mancha.

Commitment to quality and sustainability

Rafa Cañizares, who has been making wine for more than 30 years, is proud to be recognised by such a prestigious magazine. “It’s a reward that recognises a lifetime’s work in this world,” he says. The vineyards are at an altitude of 600-700 metres and the wine matures for 14 months in French oak barrels. This results in a ruby-red wine with scents of red fruit and berries, a subtle spicy background and floral notes.

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New Generation

Despite the traditional approach, there is room for innovation. Rafa’s daughter, Sofia Cañizares, also an oenologist, brings new ideas and energy to the company. She has been given the opportunity to make her own wine. This is something Rafa believes is essential for understanding the full technical side of wine production.

As for serving, Rafa Cañizares recommends combining Tarima Hill with various types of rice dishes, such as the local rice with rabbit or snails or ‘arroz a banda’. This wine also goes well with various meat dishes.

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