Last March we were lucky enough to visit the Enrique Mendoza vineyards and cellars in Alfaz del Pi, a pretty little village, close to Benidorm, which is nowadays home to an international community.
Enrique Mendoza started to plant grapes in the 1960’s, but it wasn’t until a full 30 years later that wine production could start from the now mature vines.
Those 30 years of care and patience mean that Enrique Mendoza wines are exceptional, the jewel in the crown being their Reserva Santa Rosa.
Our guided tour included a visit of the facilities, the experimental vineyard where they try out new cultivation techniques, the spectacular barrel room, and an explanation of the process that turns the fruit into the stellar product we can find on wine merchants’ shelves.
Our visit ended with Miguel, our guide, helping us to find and enjoy the subtle flavours of six of their wines, accompanied by some of the finest Spanish cheeses. Quite a delicious challenge!