Jávea U3A
 

Wine
Appreciation

Day trip to Utiel Thurs 18th September

Thirty-nine of us met in Jávea at 08:30 and were relieved when the brand new Denibus arrived. 
An hour and a half later we stopped at the Torrent service station for half an hour for a welcome coffee break.

Arriving at Bodegas Mustiguillo at 11:30, we were met by Paco, the enthusiastic oenologist who had presented the wines to us at our March meeting.  Su, from La Casa del Vino, took over our newly purchased megaphone and gallantly translated everything Paco told us.  We were first taken into the vineyard where Paco/Su explained all the aspects of the hand cultivation and the watering system.  A tour of the bodega ensued where we saw the sorting by hand of the grapes and the rest of the process.  To be invited to see this at the busiest time of the year was a privilege and we were also introduced to the bodega owner, Toni Sarrión.

We then moved on to the Wine Museum in Utiel where we were greeted by Esperanza who gave us
the tour.  Before we left, she instructed us on how to open a bottle of wine (totally unnecessary for our members!) and how to hold a glass and taste the wine (again totally unnecessary).  But fun!

On to the coach again to get to Requena for lunch.  The staff at the restaurant Fortaleza were
welcoming and everyone enjoyed a convivial lunch.  Sorting out the accounting for the drinks
took a bit of time and delayed us starting for home by fifteen minutes! 

All in all, an educational, interesting, and most enjoyable day. Geoff Woodward, Group Leader.

Photographs by Geoff Woodward and Mike Pinfield.

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Utiel-Sept-2014
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02 Comfort Break
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06 Arrival at Bodegas Mustigillo
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19 Going into the Bodega
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37 Wine Museum in Utiel
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41 Tiled ceiling of one of the old vats
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47 Restaurant Fortaleza in Requena
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48 For lunch and a glass or two
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