• Harvest time: the quality begins with the grape

    The grape harvest is the most highly anticipated event in any winery’s calendar, it’s the moment when all the benefits of the year’s toil are reaped. Managing the vineyards is a continuous and assiduous task in which we are always pending what’s happening up in the sky. Each year the…

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  • What is mistela?

    At Padró i Família we use mistela as the base wine for our Padró & Co. Blanco Reserva. But not many people know what mistela is, especially among the younger population who do not come across it very often. Mistela is not exactly a wine, so what then is it? During the grape…

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  • Herbs and how they are beneficial to our health

    Plants are an integral part of the most ancient medical practices and can be used to treat a multitude of maladies. We have talked previously about the herbs used in vermouth-making and of their importance in assisting digestion. Now we’d like to tell you something about the plants and roots…

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  • What is wormwood and why is it a necessary ingredient in Spanish vermouth?

    Wormwood or Artemisia, in Latin, is the quintessential herb, without which a vermouth quite simply, isn’t a vermouth. The base formula for any drink calling itself vermouth must be 75% wine and wormwood, one of the botanicals used. In fact, the world’s first vermouth, commonly thought to have sprung from…

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  • What’s so special about our Dorado Amargo Suave?

    A different-coloured vermouth, neither white nor red with its own special character. So where does it fit in? In its own special category of course. Little is written about amber or golden vermouths and they are definitely in the minority, however, they should never be underestimated. Spain’s prestigious Guía Peñín…

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  • ¿Where does the grape come into the vermouth-making process?

    A good vermouth is the finished product of the blending together of several different factors, each of which is equally important in the vermouth-making process. Let’s look first at the grape, an essential fruit in the process. Each grape-growing region will have its own special characteristics, soil type, altitude and…

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