A BRITISH-owned bodega in Spain is aiming to break the monopoly of the prestigious Bordeaux region after launching a new range of wines.
Bodegas Monterebro, based in Murcia’s Jumilla wine region, created its first vintage in 2010 and will go head-to-head with some of the world’s best wines at tasting competitions in London in May.
The 90 hectare bodega, owned by the same company behind the Murcia Wine Club, is hoping to raise the region’s profile on a global scale.
“We are very confident in the quality of the wines we produce,” Project Director Jonathan Burrows told the Olive Press.
“All you ever hear is Bordeaux this and Bordeaux that, but people don’t realise that some of the top 20 wines in the world have been produced in Jumilla.
“We are looking to raise the global profile of the region and have had quite a bit of interest from Asia, particularly China which is such a fast growing market.”
The Monterebro wines are produced using Monastrell grapes, with Jumilla widely believed to be the most important growing area in the world for the variety.
“It has been a very draining process getting to this stage, but hopefully we can start to enjoy the fruits of our labour,” Burrows added.
“Bit by bit people are starting to realise there are some very good Spanish wines that offer excellent value for money.”