Sunday morning, in the unseasonably hot autumn weather, we headed to the village of Monda. Through Facebook, I’d learnt that there was a small vineyard that offered tours and tastings by appointment.
The small domestic winery is called Viña & Bodega Remsamen.
Owners, Marjolijn Brouwer and Rene Moorijman, greeted us the gate and took us down to their vineyard.
The land, originally almond and olive groves, has been terraced to create over a hectare of vines, including 450 Chardonnay, 450 Merlot and 1,250 Cabernet Sauvignon vines.
The retried Dutch couple can tailor the tour, based on your interest and knowledge of wine and wine making. They are self-confessed novices, and are learning as they go, but they are truly passionate about their project. The vines were planted in 2008 and so they are just beginning to get the chance to make wine. It’s interesting to think that before phylloxera this area was a successful wine growing region.
At the end of the walking tour of the vineyard, you can visit their bodega, on the ground floor of their contemporary home and try their three wines, accompanies with tapas.
The wines are not matured in oak casks, and the 2013 vintage is still of course very young but one can see the start of a very interesting and enjoyable business for the two of them. It also makes for an interesting visit if you are in the area.
Visits are by appointment only.