The cellar Alonso Cuesta is the Grenache of the DOP Méntrida

The cellar Alonso Cuesta is the Grenache of the DOP Méntrida
To speak of the Grenache grape in the Méntrida appellation of origin, is to speak of Alonso Cuesta wineries.
The Méntrida DOP is located north of the province of Toledo (Spain), bathed by the river Alberche. This denomination of origin was born in 1976, by the impulse of some winemakers in the area.
Its wines have a graduation of 11º to 15,5º and have a fruity flavor in the mouth.
Alonso Cuesta winery, is one of the most representative wineries of this appellation of origin.

 

 

 

 

 

The cellar Alonso Cuesta is the Grenache of the DOP Méntrida

Alonso Cuesta winery

Located in the town of La Torre de Esteban Hambrán (Toledo), it sits on a 16th century palace.
Alonso Cuesta is a family winery, with more than 100 years of history, always guided by the love of its vineyard to get wines of the highest quality. The first winery dates back to 1920.
In the year 2000, the update changes necessary to revitalize the warehouse take place. With the new production systems, the winery is reformed with the latest technological advances.
However, the management of the winery, currently guided by Juan Alonso Cuesta, tells us that they continue to elaborate their wines with great respect for natural processes.

The vineyards

The vineyards owned by the winery, are located in the municipality of Camarena and La Torre de Esteban Hambrán, at an altitude of 600m and in the basins of the Alberche and Tajo rivers.
In these vineyards, various varieties of grapes are made, such as:
Inks: Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Merlot and Petit Verdot
White: Verdejo, Viura and Sauvignon Blanc.
The Garnacha variety is the variety that reigns in the Méntrida origin denomination, and in some cases the age of the vineyard is greater than 70 years.
Type of soil: sandy loam of granitic origin.
Deep respect for traditional agriculture. Pruning in winter and spring pruning in green. If necessary, harvest is done in green before veraison.

The wines

In Alonso Cuesta, both red wines and white wines are produced.
Red wines
Alonso Cuesta unites tradition and innovation in its wines, always seeking the best use of its vineyards, and the balance of its products.

Camarus 2017:


Elaborated 100% with grapes of the variety Garnacha, of vines with an antiquity of vineyards of 50 years.
In its production process, short overruns are carried out, in order not to lose aromas.
Aging: the wines have been aged for 3 months in American oak barrels of 300 liters.
It is a wine with a degree of alcohol of 13.5º. With a good acidity, tasty, fresh, and very nice finish.
Ideal to take in meetings with friends, and in celebrations in the field, in meals with red meats, game meats and semi-cured cheeses.

Alonso Cuesta 2014:

It is the standard of the winery, this wine is made with three grape varieties, specifically with Grenache (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon (30%) and Petit Verdot (10%).
Aging: The varietal wines were bred separately for 12 months in new French Allier 70% French oak barrels, 225 liters and 30% American oak, 300 liters. Subsequently making the coupage before bottling.
As the most significant characteristics of this wine, we can say that it is a powerful, tasty and elegant wine.
Its alcohol degree is 14º.

Alonso Cuesta Valprimero 2015

 

It is made with grapes of the variety: Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
It is a wine with a 6-month aging of American oak barrels. Very tasty, very nice and easy to drink.
Ideal for all kinds of celebrations, this wine will never disappoint you, and will always make you look good with your guests.
Its alcohol content is 13, 5º

 

White wines

Alonso Cuesta Blanco:

Wine made with varieties: Verdejo (55%) and Viura (45%).
In its elaboration process the batonage is produced on fine lias.
It is a balanced, tasty wine with very good acidity. The use of the variety Viura, is directed, in the words of Juan Alonso, to reduce the acidity that produces the Verdejo grape, which is appreciated, and much, in the feeling that this wine leaves in the mouth.
It is a young wine without aging, and its alcohol level is 12.5º.
It is recommended to serve very cold at a temperature between 8º and 9º.
Perfect to accompany fish and seafood, as well as to take before meals as an aperitif.

Activities

In addition to the production of its wines, this winery carries out various activities aimed at spreading the philosophy of wine and the enjoyment of its products.
During our visit to the winery, Blanca de Castro Tornero, who is responsible for the relations and communications of the winery, tells us about the various activities that take place there.

These are:

-Course of Initiation to the Wine Tasting: it is a 120-minute course, where 5 different wines of the different grapes are tested.
-Visit to the winery: it is carried out from Monday to Friday between 10, 30 and 12 o’clock in the morning and at 4.30 o’clock in the afternoon. To make the weekend visit it is necessary to call previously.
The visit, given the location of the winery, is almost forced by the beauty of its enclaves.
-Visit and Special Tasting: combines the two previous activities, and adds the gastronomic products of the land, such as cheese and sausages.

Conclusions

In our visit to this winery, we have been able to appreciate the quality of the wines of the Méntrida PDO, taste the excellent wines produced by the Bodega Alonso Cuesta and the exquisite treatment with which the present owners of the same have entertained us.

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