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Barcelona Restaurants with Ecological Wines

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Ecological wines have been flourishing in all kinds of establishments. To cut short on terminology, we consider that to qualify as an ecological wine, crops require a limitation on sulphates addition and the exclusion of synthetic chemicals (as much as possible).

Today, many restaurants offer these wines as their popularity grows among customers. Here is our selection of Barcelona restaurants with ecological wines, whether you are passing through the city or on vacation.

El Petit Celler

More than a restaurant, El Petit Celler is a sensory experience to taste a variety of wines. They recently opened “Tribut”, a space inside El Petit Celler where you can taste over 250 of the best wines. Beside “Tribut”, you’ll find “La Vermuteria” where you can enjoy a great selection of vermouths accompanied by the best preserved and canned food. As it was originally a store, you can still find many bottles to bring home on their endless shelves, including a substantial choice of ecological wines.

La Dentellière

In Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, this restaurant stands out for its high-quality and locally-produced food (also called “km 0”): eggs from Calaf, rice from the Ebro Delta and, of course, a good wine list from Catalan and Spanish DOs, such as the ecological Mureda, from DO Castilla-La Mancha, both red and white.

Vistro49 Wine Bar y Coctelería at the Ohla Barcelona

The Ohla Barcelona hotel has several gastronomic spaces. The Frenchman Florian David, sommelier at Caelis’ for more than two years, is in charge of the Vistro49. Its extensive list includes ecological wines and little-known winemakers who produce wines that are hidden gems. There, you can also find a wide selection of famous wines and cavas.

Llavor del orígens

It refers to two restaurants in Barcelona, located in two alternative and fashionable neighbourhoods: Gràcia and El Born, both offer slow food menus. In their wine lists you can choose from a wide range of ecological wines, such as the Bouquet d’Alella from DO Alella, made from the autochthonous “Pansa Blanca” grape.

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Mureda Organico Chardonnay 2016

Mureda Organico Chardonnay 2016 is a white wine made by Mureda from VT Castilla with the best Chardonnay grapes.

 
 
 
 

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Raventós D’Alella Pansa Rosada 2016, a rosé wine with a blend based on Xarel·lo Vermell.

 

Organic wine vs. biodynamic wine, what is the difference?

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Today in Europe, there is a real consumer movement towards organic and/or biodynamic wines. But what does mean and what is the differences between the two?

Firstly we must know that the terms organic, ecological or biological are synonymous throughout the European Union. In Spain, it is recognized to write down ?ecological? or ?biological? in the label. Organic wines, like the biodynamic ones, wear a label that allows their identification (AB, Biological Agriculture, Demeter, Ecocert, Biodyvin…).

Ecological and Bio wines

They are from organic farming. The vineyard is treated with agricultural techniques that exclude artificial fertilizer, antibiotics and pesticides and herbicides. Nor additive substances or genetically modified organisms, dyes or preservatives are allowed. In the cellar the ?winemaking? practices are also reduced, but not completely. Sulfites and some other products must be reduced. But still, the use of selected (chemical) yeasts and other treatments are allowed.

Biodynamic wines

These are wines from biodynamic farming. Not a new concept, as it reaches the beginning of the last century. Vineyard or terroir is considered as a living being. The goal for the vineyard is to develop its own immune defenses against disease, insects and microbes. How? Promoting microorganisms and biodiversity taking into account the energies of heaven and earth, following a biodynamic (lunar) calendar and with ?biodynamic preparations?. Then, these concepts are still followed in the cellar and winemaking stage. The use of technology, treatments and sulfites should be reduced, and only native or natural yeasts must be used.

However, for most of the wineries that produce ?bio? or ?biodynamic? wines, the concept goes beyond European standards reaching a true philosophy of life and a way of leaving a healthier earth to future generations. The work in the vineyards is more difficult, often working with horses and ?by hand?. In addition, the yields are often lower. But the big advantage is that they are authentic wines with real personality, where the characteristics of the soil are noticeable.

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Puro Malbec Corte Bio 2012

 

 

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Sabatacha Ecológico 2010

Organic wines

 TAGS:Organic wines are a trend. No one can deny that in these days all that bears the name of ecological sells a lot. It is true that the price of this kind of products is usually higher (although in the case of wine, not always happens like that), but the consumer of such goods rather pay a little more for something that is elaborated in a certain way.

Foods without preservatives or dyes, accompanied by organic wine at a table dressed by organic products is the ultimate trend in this decade in which sustainability and all what is natural are values that go hand in hand.

But is it true that organic wines taste better? Do they have a stronger flavor? Does its bouquet convinces us more? As usual consumer of wine, the first time I heard about organic wine I could not resist tasting one and it really disappointed me. Let?s leave brands and denominations of origin aside. Although of course, which did not pass the test was not the condition of organic but the wine itself.

Last week, without going any further, I had the chance to be invited to a dinner where the wine was a red organic from South Africa and it was quite an experience. Aromatic, intense color, delicious in the mouth and even better if while tasting you remember that it is organic.

An organic wine is a wine that respects our health while doing the same with nature. In the vineyards from where it comes from no fertilizers or pesticides or other chemicals have been used.

They have worked the land and the field in a natural and traditional way. Just thinking about it everything tastes much better. Like when you eat a salad in which tomatoes, lettuce and every ingredient is organic. It is not only healthier, but each element tastes to what it has to taste in a more intense way.

I recycle, I do not use sprays, I do a responsible consumption of electricity and water and whenever I can I replace the car for the bike. I have organic cotton shirts and I also drink organic wine. But it is also true that some of my favorite wines are not organic, so I hope that environmentalists do not get pissed at me now. And please, after this post, which I really hope that all the biodynamic (which we’ll discuss another day) and organic wines enemies have not gone completely crazy.

Ecological wines

Our daily life, which imposes the fashion of the healthy and green, has made the biological or ecological products to gain increasing importance. The same way happened to the world of wine, always a trend receiver, as one might expect.

Ecological wines are no longer an exception, but are fully recognized in shops and restaurant menus worldwide. Moreover, there are wineries that, knowing the success that this kind of wines have, incorporate them into their most respectable vintages.

Being grown and elaborated without pesticides or chemicals, they have are better beneficial properties for the body than other types of wine, something about not all wine producers agree and generates a broad debate among the industry.

Elaboration and certification

Ecological wine is made with the use of natural resources, without chemicals (chemical fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides), which ends with the existence of some residues in wine. Therefore, a higher quality product is obtained. In order to guarantee that a vineyard is ecological, it must be rated by an official agency to certify it.

Such is its importance that the first steps in investigating the benefits of ecological wines have already taken, as demonstrated by a study conducted by researchers on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Cancer from University of Barcelona. According to reports, they stated that the administration to animals of Volvoreta ecological red wine -produced in the winery Viña Zangarrón, appellation Toro (Zamora)- prevents the development of chemically induced cancer tumors.

Some ecological wines

Piedra Luenga

From Cordoba, they research to give their wines biological properties. Bodegas Robles presents a delicious range of ecological wine: Piedra Luenga, the first certified organic under an appellation in southern Spain.

Genium Ecológico 2005

Bodegas Genium are the architects of this bodied Genium Ecológico 2007, with aromas of berries and a touch of acidity in flavor; 100% ecological guarantee.

Montesierra Ecológico Tinto 2007

There goes one of my recommendations: Montesierra Ecológico 2010, a red Somontano very well priced, perfect for long evenings with friends. Consistent, rough and full of flavors to be discovered.