Trip to Finca Onegar - 19 November 2011
Mr President gave us this report on the day....
On Saturday last 29 members travelled by coach to visit Finca Onegar in Purchena Almería. Everyone met the coach at their allotted place and time and we set off for Purchena prompt at 9-00 hrs.
On arriving in the village at 11-00 we waited for our guide to meet us and take us to the finca. This gave everyone a chance for relief and a welcome cup of coffee in a local hostelry.
Ricardo welcomed us to the bodega and served everyone with more coffee before we all went off on a tour of the farm. Seeing the vines, the fruit trees and the olive trees which were ready to harvest on the following Monday.
After the tour we were all taken to the tasting room where we sampled firstly their olive oil which we tasted with bread and various charcuteries. Following this we were instructed by Ricardo about their winemaking, which uses the grapes that they grow. These are Tempranillo which is an indigenous variety and two French varieties, Caberney Sauvignon and Petit Vedot.
The tasting then commenced with this years wine from the new barrels followed by the barreled wine from 2010 to compare the difference. We were also provided with tastings of the 2008 and 2009 bottled wine and their top wine which we all thought to be excellent. Everyone however had a different idea when choosing their individual favourite. At the conclusion of the tasting most people purchased some wine or olive oil or in some cases both. By now it was 1400 hrs and time for lunch.
We all said our farewells and boarded the coach which followed Ricardo in his 4x4 down to a local restaurant, namely "Restaurante Estacion" housed in the former railway station which had been tastefully converted into a restaurant.
We were served with lunch consisting of salad, paella, pork fillet with roasted potato, chocolate pudding and coffee, all washed down with the very youngest wines of Finca Onegar. A white, a rosado and a red all so young they had not yet "polished", but were nonetheless acceptable. My preference was the rosado, which they are producing for the first time this year.
At the conclusion of the lunch, all suitably well fed, we bade farewell to Ricardo and the restaurant staff, and boarded the coach for the journey back to Almerimar, after what everyone seemed to agree had been a wonderful day out.
Ricardo spoke to us about the society possibly making a trip to Rioja for wine tasting and golf combined. The idea was well received by a number of the participants, we will have to wait and see what transpires!
You can see lots of photos from the day here in the Gallery. Thanks to Ray B for the photos.