In the Las Camachas restaurant back in March with Rafa, Elena his wife, and family we were introduced to José Carbonero, Manager of Bodegas Cabriñana. Before we could say salud we have been invited to visit the bodega.
With no time spared, the next day we followed Rafa. He lead the way on his Indian built replica of a 1970 Royal Enfield motorcycle in Battle Green.
Bodegas Cabriñana is located at the foot of Cerro Macho Hill, in the heart of the Sierra de Montilla. A traditional, family winery established in 1925. It has been refurbished and extended with a “museum-restaurant” decorated with typical farm tools and utensils. It organises activities related with wine production and grape picking.
In all they have 6 hectares of Pedro Ximénez vines growing on the slopes around the bodega and they also source grapes from other producers.
After being met by José we were taken into the tinaja room. It is certainly the most colourful we have encountered and contains 2 sizes of tinajas, 7,500 and 10,000 litres.
We were taken on a tour of the various bodegas within the bodega including the Bodegas D Botas San Rafael, a tribute to the Bodega’s founder who passed away in 1958. Paying homage to the generations and history of the bodega is something we have found to be very important right across the region.
Next up and a favourite part of any visit was the wine tasting. This was held in the recently extended Museum Restaurant.
At this stage we must highlight a special event held annually at the bodega in October.
Known as Mosto Rock this is a celebration in honour of the bodega’s new must.
They invite well known musicians, writers and presenters from Spain and around the world to perform at this festival.
This is why Bodegas Cabriñana is also known as Bodegas Rockera and an electric guitar now features in the bodega’s logo.
A special musically inspired range of wines for the festival both in bottles and bag in boxes that look like guitar amplifiers is produced.
They produce 800,000 litres annually for bag in box and bottles.
First up was the Tinaja wine at 15% ABV which has spent 1 year spent in the tinaja. This was clean fresh and grapefruit like on the palate.
This was followed by the Fino Cabriñana Oro which has spent 8 years in cask biologically ageing under flor was full of saline and yeast on the palate.
Then a fabulous Amontillado Cabriñana Oro at 16% ABV. This has spent 8 years biologically ageing followed by a further 32 years of oxidative ageing. It had a nose of liquorice, slight yeast and some aniseed. The nose continued on to the palate and it had smooth finish with slight spiciness.
Finally, the Pedro Ximénez Jazz at 15% ABV with 450 grams per litre of sugar is 4 years with 1 year in tinaja followed by 3 years in cask. This was blackcurrant and liquorice like the sweets of the same name and had a silky and long finish.
Once again thanks to Rafa for organizing our visit and to José for his hospitality. We thoroughly recommend a visit to Bodegas Cabriñana. These bodegas off the beaten track so to speak are well worth seeking out.