Dominion de Queirón, Mi Lugar 2017
Deep garnet with jewel-like brilliance
Rich and powerful with firm tannins but with a smooth velvety feel. Wonderful intensity of fruit flavours and a long sleek finish. Absolutely delicious
Vibrant ripe berries wrapped in vanilla and cedar. Lovely depth on the nose, already suggesting a complex fine wine
About the Producer
One of the new Rioja classifications: a 'Vino de Pueblo', which can only be produced from family-owned vineyards within a named village
The town of Quel sits in the Cidacos river valley, between the Sierra Yerga and Sierra la Hez mountain ranges, at the heart of Rioja Oriental. Here in the Barrio de Bodegas wineries have existed since the 18th century, with ancient winemaking caves at the base of the sheer sandstone cliffs, where grapes were gravity-fed from the vineyards above.
This has been the home of the Pérez Cuevas family (who established and own Bodegas Ontañón) for generations, and the new Queirón winery is the fulfilment of Gabriel’s dream. It has been built around an existing cave, and the 4-level design replicates (in a very modern way) the traditional gravity-flow system that allows a gentle approach to the handling of the grapes at each step.
They have more than thirty separate vineyard parcels located in and around Quel. These range from the ancient Garnacha vineyard of ‘El Arca’ (planted in 1892) to the Tempranillo vineyard ‘La Pasada’ - planted at some of the highest elevation vineyards in the entire Rioja DOCa.
Established at the start of the new Rioja classification system allowing wines to be labelled according to their origin, their portfolio highlights the winery's heritage, and family’s long relationship, with the town of Quel.
Wine & Food Matching Ideas
Try it with
Spanish Chicken with Chorizo and Potatoes
I love this easy recipe by Nigella Lawson, which is a simple tray bake that can be done for a casual midweek dinner, but also works well for a big group, and kids love it too. I've always opened one of my better Spanish wines when I make this, and now I've found my ultimate match.