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Visiting the Sommos bodega

Last Friday we went to Sommos, a winery in Barbastro in the Somantano wine region. We are going to include a visit to this bodega on our Riglos & Alquezar holiday so needed to check it out – it’s a hard job but somebody has to do it :-)

casks at Sommos wines

Oak casks room, with temperature and humidity controlled.

The Somontano wine area isn’t that well known outside of Spain but produces some excellent wines – particularly reds – at excellent prices. The first vineyards started there in the late 1800′s but it didn’t become a ‘denominacion’ until the 1980′s.

Sommos winery has been designed by architect Jesús Marino Pascual and is known as the ‘Guggenheim of the Somontano’.

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Grenache wine tasting

Grenache wine tasting

Our good friends George and Annie ran a wine tasting – or a cata as they are called in Spanish – in their village hall last week. They run wine tastings quite regularly, Annie puts on a great buffet and it’s always a fun evening.

Grenache wines from Aragon

Grenache wines from Aragon – the expensive bottles are the Secastilla and OVE

George has lived in Spain for over 35 years and has dedicated a lot of time (and probably a portion of his liver!) to becoming a wine expert – tough job but somebodies got to do it! He runs regular wine tastings in his village of Sardas and we often take our groups on our guided walking holidays along to his wine tastings.

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