Malpica de Tajo, Spain
Bodega de Osborne
Malpica de Tajo, Spain
Today our good friends Sandy and Sarah asked us to go to a winery with them. We went to the Bodega de Osborne. It has been in existence since 1772. Its symbol is the black bull. That symbol is literally seen all over Spain along the roadsides.
The story goes that years ago there were all sorts of roadside signs. Spain passed a law that all signs should come down. They made a partial exception for the Osborne signs. The name was removed from all of the signs but the figures were allowed to remain.
When we got within about two or three kilometers we were directed off of the main road by the GPS to a much more narrow road. At one point the road straightened out. At the end of the road was one of the black bull signs. Of course we had to stop to take a photo. Sarah and I got out of the car and just about died! The stench was enormous. We quickly got back in the car and drove on to the bodega.
When we arrived we saw several people milling around, obviously waiting for a tour. We walked inside the building to buy our tickets. We entered the gift shop and were told there was not a tour available. It seems the entire place had been reserved by a group.
As soon as we heard that, one of the employees took us into a wine tasting room. The help would pour us a glass of whatever we wanted. One of the employees brought out a plate of migas. It is pieces of bread, sausage and peppers cooked in olive oil. It was really tasty. The wine that Leslie and I liked the most and ended up buying is the upright bottle just to the right of the glass in the photo. It is Dominio de Malpica 2007, Vendima Seleccionada, Cabernet Sauvignon. Three bottles in a wooden box cost 20 Euros. While this was a good wine, it still does not beat our favorite, Crin Roja, Tempranillo. All that being said, I suspicion our wine selection in our next post will be much more limited!
I took the opportunity to ask one of the employees about the horrific smell we encountered on the way in to the bodega. She said there was a pig farm right at the entrance. I joked with her that it was the smell of money. She thought that was funny.
After our tasting we went into the gift shop. We bought several Osborne trinkets. So, our two glass of wine really cost about 40 Euros each! We got back in the car and headed home.