Wine for Normal People created a great Podcast about Wine. We especially like episode 189 but then again we might not be the most impartial about the topic. Ep 189: Navarra, Spain

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Navarra is in northern Spain and although a prolific, historic region, it’s not well-known. Traditionally it’s been associated with making fruit-driven rosé, but its reds are starting to come on strong and it’s emerging as an excellent, high quality, high-value region.

Fast facts on Navarra:

  • Capital: Pamplona, home of the running of the bulls (Fiesta de San Fermin)! DO is south of the city
  • Vineyards are around the foothills of the Pyrenees to the Ebro River in Northern Spain
  • Navarra is part of the historic Basque country – but the Ebro River has the most impact on winemaking here (river valleys are essential to vine growing)

We review the storied history of Navarra:

  • From Romans to Moors to Catholics, we discuss the winemaking legacy
  • We talk about the importance of El Camino a Santiago de Compostela — a 400-mile walk to visit the remains of St. James (Santiago) in Galicia on the western coast
    • 12th c – wine recommended in a guide book to pilgrims
    • Reputation for wine formed through El Camino
  • We discuss the French influence from the 14th century through the 19th c – (1892) when Navarra wines were in high demand post-phylloxera
  • We talk about the modern efforts of the DO, and EVENA, the Estación de Viticulture y Enología de Navarra (Navarra Viticulture and Oenological Research Station), in the Ribera Alta sub-region and how that added legitimacy AND created some issues for Navarra. 


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