Fenavin 10 X 10: a list of interesting and affordable Spanish wines

by | May 23, 2022

I had the opportunity to visit a few weeks ago the most important Spanish wine fair in the country (Fenavin) and one of the most relevants in Europe. I set myself the challenge of choosing the ten more interesting wines for 10 euros or less that I tasted. Or almost, because three of the chosen ones cost a little more. But its quality is well worth the extra effort. This time I especially focused on wine from Galicia in the NW of Spain.

Sete cepas

Year:  2021

Price: 8,47 euros

Grape: Albariño

% Alcohol: 12 º

Producer: Bodega Carballal

Area: DOP Rías Baixas

Controlled fermentation with indigenous yeast in stainless steel and aged on fine lees for two months.

This is the first wine made by the seven brothers who currently own the winery following the path of their father. 100% Atlantic wine with a straw yellow color with greenish reflections. On the nose fresh fruit, apple and also hints of stone fruit, apricot.
Acidity well integrated. Elegant and fresh at the same time, a very lively Albariño, ideal for shellfish and white fish.

Pepe Cabanas

Year:  2018

Price: 10,50 euros

Grape: Albariño

% Alcohol: 12,5 º

Producer: Bodega Torres Agustí

Area:  IGP Barbanza e Iria

A little hidden gem from Galicia. Its label caught my eye and its taste did not disappoint at all. In fact, the name of the wine is dedicated to the father-in-law of its producer, Manuel Bandín, who was in prison during the Franco dictatorship.
Fruit and mountain herb notes and a very interesting final salinity.
Like the previous wine, it is perfect for canned seafood, fish and white meats.

José Pariente

Year:  2021

Price: 9,90 euros

Grape: verdejo

% alcohol: 12,5 º

Producer: bodegas José Pariente.   

Area: DOP Rueda

The classic from a classic winery that also makes a fantastic Garnacha in Gredos but was outpriced for our 10X10 challenge.
White and citrus fruits and aromas of fennel, scrubland with a mineral note at the end and a final taste of bitterness.
Perfect for appetizers, sausages and smoked meats.

Torre de Gazate

Year: 2021

Price: 4,50 euros

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon

Producer: Vinícola de Tomelloso

Area: DOP La Mancha

Fenavin’s bargain. A very correct wine with an unbeatable value for the price that perfectly represents the spirit of the DOP La Mancha. It serves both as an aperitif by the pool or to accompany a light meal.
Aroma of red fruits, raspberry and strawberry, and greater persistence than might be expected considering its price.

Almavid Rosé

Año: 2020

Price: 8,6 euros

Grape: Garnacha

Producer: Bodega López Campos

Area: DOP Méntrida

Méntrida is one of the most promising and at the same time most unknown wine areas in Spain. Hidden between the wines of Madrid and Gredos, the wineries fight to find its own place on the wine map. Almavid is a very fresh organic wine but with the character of the Aragonese Grenache that the current owner’s grandfather brought with him after the hit of phylloxera plague at the beginning of the 20th century.
A good opportunity to get to know the wines from a region with a lot of potential.

Tinto de maceración carbónica Ortega Ezquerro

Year: 2021

Price: 6 euros

Grape: Tempranillo

Productor: bodega Ortega Ezquerro

Area: DOP Rioja

One of the wines with the most hype on Social Media thanks to the fantastic comunication work of its winemaker, David Bastida Caro. Once again excellent value for your money in a young Tempranillo made using the carbonic maceration technique (see more info).
Aromas of red and purple forest fruits and floral tones with hints of liquorice.
Ideal to accompany game, red meats, roasts and cured cheeses.

Montecastrillo tinto

Year: 2020

Price: 8,50 euros.

Grape : 90% Tempranillo y 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Producer: bodega Finca Torremilanos

Area: DOP Ribera de Duero

I had the opportunity to listen to Ricardo Peñalba for the first time at Duero Wine Fest and I was very interested in his particular vision of Ribera de Duero wine, where they have been pioneers in organic and biodynamic farming for years.
Montecastrillo red is an organic wine aged for 4 months in French oak barrels. An absolutely versatile wine.
Cherry red with notes of coffee and liquorice and perfect for pizza and pasta.

Valdouro

Year: 2019

Price: 6,33 euros

Grapes: garnacha/ Mencía

Producers: vinos Barco

Zona de producción: DOP Valdeorras

Another excellent value for money wine where Grenache and Mencía harmonize perfectly. 12 months in oak barrel.
Ruby red with tile tones in which the wood contributes but does not weigh too much. Perfect red for good weather and barbecued meats.

P Mencía

Year: 2020

Price: 9 euros

Grape: Mencía

Producer: Ponte da Boga Adega

Area: DOP Ribeira Sacra

P from primero, first, in Spanish. The first of the young wines aged in steel tanks for 6 months.
Intense aroma, typical of the Mencía from Ribeira Sacra, with its notes of violet, rose, blackberry and pepper with a background of moist earth. Perfect to enjoy an Galician style octopus.
And the perfect excuse to visit his winery, located in one of the most special areas of Spain.

Estancia piedra natural

Year: 2020

Price: 10,30 euros

Grape: 100% Tempranillo

Producer: bodega Estancia Piedra

Area: DOP Toro

I could not close the list without choosing a wine from Toro, one of my favorites growing areas in Spain. An interesting discovery is Estancia Piedra Natural, aged for 6 months in French oak barrels.
Cherry red and aromas of fresh fruit, ideal for French cheeses such as Brie and Camembert.
Made by another wandering Scotsman, Grant Stein, who in 1997 decided to buy one of the largest plots of old vineyards in the DO. Currently they produce organic and natural wines with the utmost respect for their privileged environment.

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