The bobal grape: a tour through the vineyards of Eastern Spain

After our post about tempranillo, it’s now time to talk about a variety not as well known to the general public, even though it’s second place in terms of surface area in Spain. The grape we’re talking about is the bobal grape.

Typical in the east of Spain, the bobal grape is undeniably the Queen of the vineyards in the Valencia area.

 The Bobal grape

Out of curiosity, it’s worth pointing out that the name Bobal comes from the latin word bovale, referring to the fact that it is shaped like a bull’s head.

It’s also known as Requena, Requení and Provechón.

The bobal grape was traditionally used to make some of the best Spanish rosés, although it is increasingly associated with the production process of great red wines that are characterised by its intense aromas of red fruit, especially cherries, its freshness and its low amount of alcohol.

If you aren’t yet familiar with this variety, we invite you to try these magnificent single-varietal wines that will definitely surprise you:

Finca Terrerazo 2010. A sublime wine, the best representation of this variety, made by Mustiguillo, the first Valencia winery to obtain the certification of Vino de Pago, D.O.P. El Terrerazo. This wine is intense, elegant, warm, and tasty…a luxury!

La Malkerida 2012 is a 100% bobal wine fruit of the joint passion of the sommelier Bruno Murciano and the oenologist David Sampedro. A fresh, fun, agile and tasty wine not assigned to any Denomination of Origin.

La Casilla 2012. A strong single-varietal of bobal made by Bodegas Ponce in the D.O. Manchuela.  Contains flavours of black fruit and roasted notes that just beg to be paired with a piece of grilled meat and a conversation with friends.

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