REGION: VINOS DE MADRID
Licinia is an estate-bottled made by three visionaries who together share a vision of the immense potential of the vineyards of southeast Madrid. Winemaker Oscar , and Victor Algora and Jose Ramón Lissarrague, among Spain’s most highly regarded viticulturists, are the soul of Bodegas Licinia. Located in the Vinos de Madrid DO, this is one of Spain’s most prominent and interesting wine regions. The bodega is in the town of Morata, called ‘Licinia’ during Roman times. The mantra at Licinia is “no compromises.” In a blind tasting of 200 wines held in early 2009 by a panel of 50 distinguished winemakers, Licinia was named the best red wine in Spain. This result was achieved with Licinia 2006, the first vintage. Not bad for a little warehouse on the outskirts of Madrid. Unlike the opulent and ornate chateau-like bodegas of huge Rioja producers, the Licinia winery has no gardens, fancy tasting room or health spa. A simple place to make wine with a fine attention to detail, it is an homage to the soil and soul of Madrid. In a small, cool room with 180 barrels, the focus is on the hard work and effort necessary to do something superb.