Interview with Amancio Fernández from the winery Losada Vinos de Finca

This week, we had the opportunity of meeting Amancio Fernández, from the winery Losada Vinos de Finca. He explained us the work that is being conducted at his winery regarding both the production and ageing of Mencía wines, and the international expansion of the wines from the Designation of Origin Bierzo. Do not miss it!

Losada Vinos de Finca1.    Can you please explain the origins of the winery? How did everything start?
The project Losada Vinos de Finca started in 2005 after the purchase of some small old Mencía vineyards. We were looking for clay soil vineyards where excellent fruits could be produced in order to obtain very elegant wines. At the beginning, we started our production in rented facilities and it was not until 2010 that we could move to the new winery.

2.    Which is your flagship wine? What are you working at now and what future projects do you have?
I think that the Altos de Losada 2007 is the one that best reflects our identity as it is the result of the recovery of 21 plots of old Mencía vineyards. It is the reflection of our winemaking culture and our work in the fields.

3.    In your winemaking procedures, which are your winery’s differentiating elements with regard to others?
I have always believed that we should try to produce wines which could represent the characteristics of the region and the respect for the tradition, wines aimed at everybody and not only produced for the critics. Their main characteristic should be the harmony between the notes of fruit and those provided during the ageing, so that the vineyard’s qualities are highlighted.

4.    Wine culture is in constant evolution. What should a winery do to adapt to these changes and to stay alive in the market?
Most of the times, the easiest solutions are the most efficient to deal with the problems found in winemaking. I think that winemaking has to adapt to the specific conditions of each region, its climate, its orography, its soils and the varieties grown.

5.    What do you think of the situation of the Spanish wine culture in the international market? What is the position of the Spanish market?
I believe that Spanish wineries have to lose their complex when entering the international markets. Although it could sound as a cliché, there is a lot of work still to be made internationally, mainly regarding the dissemination of the excellent and diverse wines that we have in Spain, their varieties, our wine regions, etc.

6.    And in the case of your winery, do you bet for the international market? Is it easier than struggling for the national market at the moment?
For us, the international market has been very important from the very beginning, since it is more receptive than the national market to high quality wines from small regions such as the one of D.O Bierzo wines. We are very satisfied with our commitment.

Define yourself. 4 quick questions that will help us know you better:

1.    What do you prefer: red, white, rosé wine, cava or champagne?
I have no preferences. I like all wines that are honest and that reflect the characteristic of the land where they are produced faithfully. The rest depends on the moment.
2.   Which is your favourite designation of origin?
Bierzo, Monsant, Ribera del Duero, Ribeira Sacra, Valdeorras… In general, I like the way that many wineries from different regions are working with local varieties.
3.    What is your favourite grape variety?
I like many: Mencía, Prieto Picudo, Grenache, Godello, etc.
And Grenache or Xarel•lo for white wines.
4.   A young or an aged wine?
In general, I like complex wines, with character but mainly those in which the notes provided during the ageing do not hide the qualities of a good vineyard.
5.   An oenologist whose wines are a must.
There are many and very good oenologist who are working very well in many different regions. Some are widely known and some are rather discreet. I like the wines made by Raúl Pérez, especially those made of Mencía. But I like also those produced by Cesar Muñoz, Pepe Mendoza or Toni Sarrión.

And to end up, just three wine or cava recommendations. Under 10, 30 and 50 euro.

Under 10 €

Juan Gil Monastrell Crianza 2009, D.O Jumilla

Under 30 €

Enrique Mendoza Estrecho Monastrell 2005, D.O Alicante

Under 50 €

Las Lamas de Descendientes de J.Palacios, D.O Bierzo

In general, I like complex wines, with character but mainly those in which the notes provided during the ageing do not hide the qualities of a good vineyard.

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