Viñas del Vero wines for laying down have won prizes at the IWSC (International Wine and Spirit Challenge), one of Spain’s foremost wine events. The jury, comprised of industry professionals, awarded top prizes to Viñas del Vero’s Gran Vos 2013 and Clarión 2016.
The most outstanding features of the production process for the two wines from the Somontano Designation of Origin, which display a spectacular potential for ageing, are the meticulous care that is deployed from the outset, and a certain mystery. Every year at harvest time Viñas del Vero’s winemaker, José Ferrer, selects the best red grapes to make Gran Vos with and the best white grapes for Clarión – all so that the wines reveal the most elegant complexity of each vintage.
The focus on selection continues in the winery, where the new barrels made of oak from the Allier forests are stored and in which Viñas del Vero’s Gran Vos is kept while it ages for 15 months. During that time the wine develops and at the end, the winemaker decides on the final coupage that will yield a full, flavoursome wine with a long finish. Viñas del Vero’s Clarión is kept in bottle for as long as is necessary for it to develop into an exquisite, very well structured white wine brimming with subtleties.
Both of these are wines whose personality will develop over the years and merit being kept for special occasions. Viñas del Vero’s Gran Vos is a perfect match for red meat, stews, game and medium-matured cheese, whilst Clarión is an ideal companion for carpaccio, smoked foods, fish, rice dishes and foie gras.