World Monitor Magazine WM_KIOGE 2018_Web - Page 42

Life style Live Uncorked With all its color and passion, Spain today is in the vanguard of gastronomy. The homeland of corrida and flamenco is famous not only for the jamón and paella, but also for wine, which reflects the bright character of people and nature, giving birth to unique combinations. The winemaking culture of Spain is more than three thousand years old: in the distant past, the Phoenicians, who arrived on fertile lands and quickly recognized the high potential for the wine making. Rioja is the main wine region in Spain – the birthplace of the famous grape variety – Tempranillo, and a long-standing winemaking tradition. Particularly noteworthy is the village of Villard de Anerdo, where during the Roman Empire, the soldiers of the IV Legion received a piece of land after the end of their ser vice. Later 40 world monitor this place received the name of Campus Veteranus (Camp of Veterans), and then – Campo Viejo or the Old Camp. In 1959, two winemakers – Beristain and Ortigüela, young and inspired, decided to combine their efforts in favor of one idea - to give people 'real Spanish character' embodied in a magnificent wine. They named their winery Campo Viejo, in memory of a childhood spent in the village of Villard de Anerdo, which was located next to the vineyards of the Old Camp. The history of the most famous Rioja wine began in a small winery, but gradually, the scale of production grew. To meet the