Sunday, February 12, 2012

Baron De Ley: Spain's Largest Winery

Country: Spain

Region: Rioja

Production: Large and expansive

Grape: Mostly Tempranillo

Crate design: The Baron De Lay wine crate has a quaint but highly detailed picture on both the front and back long side.  The design is of the ancient Benedictine monastery on which the winery is built. The winery makes only 6 bottle crates, so there are no other sizes.

Rarity: Fairly mainstream. Baron De Lay is one of the largest wineries in Spain

Crate designation: Collector's Class ($30.00)

Our opinion/history: The Baron De Lay winery is owned and operated by a large Spanish conglomerate. Production is very high, but there is certainly no compromise of quality. You can get a very good bottle for around $15 - $20.

The wine making process of De Lay is based heavily on Tempranillo grapes, working with fermentation processes that are tried and true, and having the patience to allow the wine to age properly. The reults have been quite successful, and they're not changing what works.

Historically, the Baron De Ley land has been yielding wine since the 16th century when the property was a Benedictine monastery. The company/label is  a fantastic blend of both ancient and modern strategies of wine making.

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