Gutierrez de la Vega
Outside of Sherry and a couple of other odds and ends, Spain has not traditionally been a source for world-class dessert wines. An outstanding exception to this is Gutiérrez de la Vega, located in the Marina Alta district of the Alicante D.O. (the wines no longer take the D.O. designation due to some philosophical conflict with the winemaking regulations prescribed by the governing body). The red wine is produced from Monastrell (AKA Mourvedre) and the white from Moscatel. The wines are fermented in oak and the fermentation is arrested with the addition of a neutral fortification agent (grape spirit) when the desired sugar levels are reached.
Felipe and Pilar Gutiérrez de la Vega founded their domaine in 1982 in the village of Parcent. Felipe claims that their wines are “capable of bringing happiness to the unhappiest of mortals”. You be the judge!
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