Bodegas Los Pinos owns 60 hectares of vineyards in Fontanares, in the Alhorines valley, 700 meters above sea level and about 100km south of Valencia. The winery, which dates back to the 17th century, mainly works with young (up to 25-year-old) Monsatrell, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat and Viognier vines. Having gained their organic certification in the early 90’s (the first winery in Valencia to do so) they went through a long period of renovation and modernization. In 2007 the new owners starting to experiment in making wines using local grapes and using zero added sulphur.
DO Valencia, less well known and revered than its next-door neighbour at altitude D.O. Utiel-Requena has its vines lower down on the plains between the mountains and the city. It’s red wines, made predominantly to the west of the city and from Monsatrell, Tempranillo, Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon, tend to be lighter but powerful, ruby red and intense. Whites lean towards the fruitier style using the likes of local grapes Merseguera and Verdil, as well as Macabeo, Chardonnay and Moscatel. Given the heat and aggressive climate, the ageing requisites for the wines are less than anywhere else so, for example, a Crianza wine will only require 3 months oak ageing.
Bodegas Los Pinos Brote Blanco has a fresh peach nose, tinned peach juice, honeysuckle, chamomile and yellow fruit. Dry, and zesty on the palate, apple, lemon peel, soft vanilla pod and fennel seed.