The best Spanish wine of 2021

by Deborah Cater
La Rioja wine region, home of the best Spanish wine

The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has announced the prize for the best Spanish wine of 2021. This year two wines share first place.

A jury of wine connoisseurs with a high reputation in the wine sector selected the award-winning wines. They chose Spanish wines that received the most points in the international wine competition Concurso Internacional Bacchus 2021.

The prize for the best wine is one of the prizes for Spanish products (the Premios Alimentos de España), with which the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food wants to celebrate Spanish products.

The prize winners

The two award-winning wines are the ‘2013 Campillo 57 Gran Reserva’ and ‘Vilarnau Ecológico Brut Rosada Reserva’. The Gran Reserva is a DOC Rioja from winery Bodegas Campillo. The Vilarnu wine is a DO Cava, from winery Bodegas Gonzalez Byass. DO stands for Denominación de Origen, where an organisation oversees the grape growing and winemaking for the wines in the region concerned. The best wines proven able to maintain this quality over a very long period of time have the label DOC: Denominación de Origen Calificada .

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Campillo 57 Gran Reserva

Campillo 57 Gran Reserva is a red wine made from the 2013 Tempranillo and Graciano grape varieties. The grapes are hand-picked and selected from the Villa Lucía and Larraz vineyards. The wine matured for 24 months in French oak barrels.

Bodegas Campillo is part of Grupo Faustino and is a true family business of international standing. It is in the medieval town of Laguardia in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa region. Bodegas Campillo manages the entire process from grape cultivation to wine production in-house. The result is this rich and refined wine with character.

Vilarnau Ecologico Brut Rosado Reserva

The cava ‘Vilarnau Ecológico Brut Rosado Reserva’ consists of  grape varieties garnacha (85%) and pinot noir (15%). The grapes are from private vineries and certified ecological since 2015.

Vilarnau has been part of Grupo González Byass since 1982. The modern winery is located on the estate ‘Can Petit i les Planes de Vilarnau’ amidst its own vineyards, in the municipality of Sant Sadurni d’Anoi, the cradle of cava. They grow all varieties of the Penedès on the estate: macabeu, xarel·lo and parellada and the new chardonnay and pinot noir. The winery works with great care for the environment, from caring for flora and fauna to purification and reuse of water for irrigation.

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