• Dominio de la Vega

    Oenologist Daniel Exposito tastes the latest vintages

  • Exterior at Dominio de la Vega

  • Sun setting in the Vineyard

Dominio de la Vega

Taking up shop in a late 18th century bodega that still boasts underground “trullas” and reservoirs, family run Dominio de la Vega is a winery whose soul is rooted in tradition while its sights are set on the future.   Oenologist Daniel Exposito keeps the facility outfitted with the most modern and state- of-the-art technology, continuously experiments with new grapes (most recently with Xarel-lo), and even spearheads the bodega’s research on the effects of climate change on viticulture and winemaking; the only winery in the region doing so.   Not surprising, just like its do it all philosophy of past-meets-future, Dominio de la Vega’s portfolio ranges from classic blockbuster Bobal, to interesting surprises like a Brut Cava Rose made from 100% Pinot Noir (lest we remind you this is Valencia, not Champagne).

Paraje Tornel, red wine by Dominio de la Vega

Paraje Tornel, 100% Bobal by Dominio de la Vega

One of the secrets to Dominio de la Vega’s success is the make up of their vineyards.   Comprised of three different parcels of land, each with its own distinct soils and elevations, the bodega has been able to plant grapes best suited to each.   “La Vega” with its medium fertile soils and high acidity potential is perfect for cava production.  “Finca La Pinerajo” is great for minerality and aging potential, and  “Finca La Muela” is blessed with old vine Bobal which produces very low yields of grapes with exceptional color, aromas and flavor.  Wine from each plot is aged separately achieving a certain “traceability” and preservation of terroir.  Export Manager Alejandro Martín sums it up perfectly when he explains that “Dominio de la Vega is like 10 garage wineries inside one medium sized winery.”

Exotic varietals aside, tasting through the Dominio de la Vega portfolio provides an excellent course on the classic wines of Utiel-Requena.  All are very well made, and excellent expressions of their respective grapes.  Standouts include the Brut Reserva Cava, made from 70% Macabeo and 30% Chardonnay and aged for 22 months on its lees, and the heavy hitting Paraje Tornel, a gorgeous red with flavors of black cherry and clove made from 100% Bobal and aged for 12 months in French oak and 12 months in the bottle.