Wine Tasting in La Mata


Small vines, small production, a rare growing region producing truly unique wines.

We found this activity offered by Tours Costa Blanca . As we are new to this region and obviously are viticulture nerds this was intriguing.

We met at the information booth for the Natural Park of La Mata. In fact, the vineyards are all within this protected natural area.

Our guide Kate began the tour with information of the area. Apparently this entire region was at one time all under vine. When the development boom happened about 70 years ago many of the families sold off their vineyards to developers.

There are two lagoons surrounding Torrevieja and one is pink. In 1482 the town attempted to build a canal to the sea, it took ten years to complete. The idea was for fishing, but the fish did not come in. So, they then realized that salt was a sustainable product they could export and to this day Torrevieja and these lagoons are mostly known for their salt production. (And of course the beach)

Our tour through the vineyards lasted just over one hour and was an easy walk. The vines are not trellised. The vineyards are also dry farmed, meaning no irrigation. The soil is mostly sand, so very little nutrients. The roots go deep enough to tap into the water from the Mediterranean sea. The area also has the cool night time air. This region has a very distinct micro-climate which is responsible for producing these very unique wines. The two main varietals that are grown are Moscatel and Monastrell, both white wines though ten years ago a red varietal was introduced to the area. We would be lucky enough to try the first vintage of this red wine on our tour.

The vines are between 50-100 years old

We made it to our wine tasting location! Our Sommelier Pascual was waiting for us with perfectly chilled wines, cheese, meats and bread.

Our tasting began with two white wines. The first 100% Monastrel from a local winery. The second was a Moscatel from a winery near Alicante. Both very different. The first quite acidic, it would go well with a spicy ethnic type food, maybe Thai. The second wine, a muscat as we would call it was sweet, but not too sweet. It went very well with the Brie/fig plate they set out.

The wine tasting takes place at a beautiful and shady location on the lagoon.
Pascual spoke of the wine tasting, first visual, then the aroma and finally the taste.

Preparing the brie plates

Then it was on to the reds. Our wine of choice.

OK, so I am into young reds. Maybe 24- 36 months in a barrel. Some bottle age, but at least 2-3 years old. So this is a whole new world. The first wine is a 2018 vintage that saw zero barrel age. Straight to bottle. It is, as you would expect very light, simple with little tannin. It was good. Not really a food wine, a wine to sip, maybe slightly chilled and treated as a white. The second wine had more body and depth, more flavor and a bit more tannin. We really appreciated the diversity of all four wines that offered a glimpse into the wines that are being produced in La Mata. Only around 800 bottles per vintage so these are not wines that you will easily find in grocery stores.

Our meat and cheese board

We really enjoyed our wine tour in La Mata. Tours Costa Blanca did a fantastic job organizing the event and our guide Kate and our Sommelier Pascual were informative and fun. For only $20 Euro per person this is an excellent day time excursion when visiting Torrevieja. They also offer a number of other tours, fishing excursions and food events. You can learn about the other activities by going to their website here.

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Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married.  Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums.  In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film.  This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.

In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business.  Then Covid hit and the world closed.  By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home.  They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.


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