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Interpreting Wine Podcast

Jul 29, 2020

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Next stop on the journey through Organic Spain is Rodolfo Valiente, Director of Vegalfaro Viñedos & Bodegas in Utiel Requena. I had the pleasure of visiting the winery and pulling up a barrel for a 1:1. He gives a brief overview of the family history before taking us behind the winery’s decision to transition into 100% organic viticulture. He gives an overview of the Utiel Requena region and specifically the local bobal grape and how it performs in the regions’ soil, before talking about the winery’s own denominación de origen, D.O.P. Pago de los Balagueses. We get a virtual tour of the different sites, across the main winery and Pago de los Balagueses. Rodolfo takes us through the different wines in their range, that includes cava, white, rosé and red and wines made in stainless steel, oak and amphora. Demonstrating his sense of experimentation as well as his connection to the past. He talks about the export structure for the winery, discussing where his range is being enjoyed. Enotourism, given the winery’s location 20 minutes from Valencia and 1 hour 40 from Madrid. We taste two wines, 2015 Caprasia Bobal and 2015 Pago De Los Balagueses Syrah.

Before Rodolfo looks ahead and what constitutes continuous improvement for his very different wine ranges.


Episode outline:

Origin Story

Wines tasted:

  1. 2015 Caprasia Bobal (Tech sheet:
  2. 2015 Pago De Los Balagueses Syrah (

UK importer:

Intro and outro music
The New Investors

Guest: Rodolfo Valiente, Director of Vegalfaro Viñedos & Bodegas

Date recorded: 4 October 2018

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