VERONICA ORTEGA | Bierzo, Spain
“In a village with a population of 30, everybody knows your business. Verónica Ortega’s wines are no secret to the residents of Valtuille de Abajo, then – but they are a discovery-in-waiting for much of the world at large… As befits a protegée of Raúl Peréz, the wines are superb.” Richard Hemming, jancisrobinson.com, August 2015
A Spanish native from the south, Veronica Ortega first worked in Priorat for Daphne Glorian (Clos Erasmus) and Alvaro Palacios. After spending some time in New Zealand at Burnt Cottage (incidently she has never tasted this wine!), she went to Burgundy with the intention of learning about viticulture, working several years with Benjamin Leroux in Comte Armand and at Domaine de Romanee Conti. Veronica then ventured to the Northern Rhone where she spent 2 years as winemaker at Domaine Combier. Finally Veronica returned to Spain in 2010 to work with local legend Raúl Peréz to and there after undertake her own project. Ricardo Perez of Descendientes de J Palacios was actually the person responsible for finally convincing Veronica that Bierzo was the place to be in Spain. He was originally offered the ROC vineyard however due to the fact that it was outside of the Corullón village and in Valtuille de Abarjo he decided to contact Veronica to let her know that it was available. She visited and saw that Bierzo with all of its small plots and different aspects reminded her very much of Burgundy and was completely taken by the region. In the near future Veronica will also have a couple of whites made from Godello which also impressed us. These are from San Juan de la Mata where the soil is particularly chalky which is perfectly suited to white wines.
ROC is the first wine of this project, from two very old plots (more than 80 years old) in Valtuille de Abajo. Those vineyards are worked in organic viticulture and harvested by hand.
Quite is the second label in this project (first vintage in 2012) also from old Mencia vines of different parcels in Valtuille de Abajo, and also worked in organic viticulture and harvested by hand.