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Bodega de Forlong, Spain

The veritable new kids on the block, Bodega de Forlong have only been selling their wines since 2014 and are shaking up the staid world around Jerez.

The only organically certified operation in the area they cultivate tiny parcels of Palomino, Pedro Ximinez and Tintilla Rota. Mixing it up with some Merlot and Syrah they are creating something fresh and vibrant from this most traditional of regions and it is immediately noticeable as soon as you see the quirky labels that the wines are anything but boring.

Viticulture

The only organically certified vines in El Puerto de Santa Maria in Jerez (Cádiz), Bodega de Forlong focus solely on quality and not quantity of the indigenous Palomino, Pedro Ximinez, Tintilla Rota and international varietal grapes such as Merlot and Syrah, taking great care with pruning to manage the yield. They employ biodynamic, natural and sustainable methods to manage the albariza rich soils and vines in the vineyards, including using the cuttings from pruning as fertiliser and the use of ground cover crops to re-introduce nitrogen back into the soil and to stress the vines to compete for nutrients. This also provides a suitable habitat for insects that will manage the harmful pests in the vineyard.

Winemaking

Their philosophy towards wine making incorporates old traditions such as the use of large clay fermenting jars - enhancing the grapes to ferment naturally thus evolving and maturing into full rounded delicious wines.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Certified organic vineyards and wine.
  • Biodynamic principles.
  • Natural and sustainable winemaking.