In the north of Spain is La Rioja, where some of the best wines in the world are produced.
After the grape is collected, it passes a very hard quality control where the degree is measured (quantity of sugar), the grape is tasted and the mixture between the different types os grapes is decided. It is then pressed and kept in a temperature controlled huge reservoirs for 5 to 20 days for the natural fermentation.
After, this "soup" is filtrated, and the cleared wine is moved into the barrels.
This barrels are made of american or french oak, and are new or semi-new, both things depend on the taste we want to obtain. From 6 months to 2 years, the wine is kept with love in this beautifull underground wine cellars you can see on the photo.
After this process, the wine is again moved into glass bottles which are sold, or reserved for many years to be sold as "reserves" or "great reserves".
Nowadays you can find wines from 1950-60 in the market.
Anyway the best ones in my opinion, are the great reserves 10 years old, 2 or 3 in barrel and 7 or 8 in bottle. After 10 or 15 years the wine gets lighter and not as intense, but this is only a question of taste.
Hope you try a good Rioja sometime, you wont be dissapointed.
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carper (96) 2004-08-19 12:08
Very nice one Felipe,
I like your shot a lot. very good lines in it, good colours great composed, very good note as well, great job
maria (3276) 2004-08-19 12:18
Where did you get the text that makes the photographer's note from?
This picture is not bad but I am more interested in the content of the barrels!
Proxilva (2157) 2004-08-19 13:06
very nice photo Felipe...
good perspective leading into the dark...
very moody and very well composed..
red45 (1633) 2005-02-09 10:31
Great picture :-)
I like its slightly 'medieval' look. Very interesting note and as Maria said even more interesting content of barrels. I'm a Pole but hate vodka. I like wine very much.
dyucelten (312) 2007-07-07 4:34
I can almost feel the chilly of the bonded vault and the smell. Very nice photo and a very good work despite the distracting barrels (I mean the wine) and the darkness.