martes, 6 de noviembre de 2012

Fareham Wine Cellar in Hampshire (United Kingdom)


They are an established, independent Fine Wine Merchant based in the market town of Fareham in Hampshire (located just a few minutes from the M27 between Portsmouth and Southampton). Their shop is situated in the historic High Street where one can find fovolous wines, and a large selection of spirits, on display.

They stock a wine range of wines including Claret, Burgundy, Rhone, Champagne and many other French wines. There are also wines from Spain, Italy, Portugal and Germany. The New World is well-represented and they have a large selection of wines from Australia, New Zealand, North and South America and particularly South Africa. They specialise in Port Wines, particularly Vintage and Colheita Port, and have a good selection of Sherry and Madeira. You can search thier list by year if you are looking for a present for a special birthday or anniversary present ( There are various Ports, Cognacs, Armagnacs and Scotch Whiskies, as well as wines, from various vintages.

They dont sell online but they can take telephone orders on 01329 822733 or fax orders on 01329 282355. They have a printable PDF order form on each page that can be downloaded and faxed back to them. They accept payment by Maestro, Visa, Mastercard and Cheque. They use the APC Overnight delivery service for thier deliveries (other services are available for larger quantities). Please check their Delivery Terms and Conditions for further information.

There is no minimum order - they can send out single bottle orders. Cases of wine can be mixed to order and attract a 5% discount from their list price (the discount applies to orders of 12 bottles or more excluding spirits). Prices are in Pounds Sterling, UK VAT inclusive and can be subject to change at short notice.

They are also the UK agents for Le Bonheur, Alto Estate, Jacobsdal Estate and Theuniskraal which are all part of the Distell group from South Africa.


Spain is the third largest wine producer in the world and is probably most famous for its red wines and Sherry. The three main quality red wine producing areas are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Penedes, although there are now some great single estate wines (including members of the Grandes Pagos de Castilla such as Luna Beberide, Dehesa del Carrizal and Calzadilla from Bodega Uribes Madero) from less mainstream areas. Other red wine areas include Priorato, La Mancha, Toro, Valencia, Jumilla and Valencia. There are also some very good whites from areas such as Rueda and Albarino from Rias Baixas. Spanish wines are often a blend of indigenous and international varieties, the former include the varieties Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha for the reds and Verdejo, Macabeo or Viura and Airen. There are some very impressive Riojas made at Marques de Vargas, Marques de Murrieta and Urbina. Other top producers include Torres, based in Penedes, and Bodegas Martue who are based in La Guardia, near Toledo.


Bodegas Urbina is a small, traditional and family-owned Rioja wine estate. This single estate is located in Cuzcurrita de Rio Tiron on the north-western boundary of DOC Rioja. Urbina has 75 hectares of vineyards at two main vineyard sites - the first site is at Cuzcurrita de Rio Tiron, an area well-known for producing Riojas capable of ageing for many years ideal for Gran Reservas. The other vineyards are located at Uruñuela, in the heart of the Rioja DOC, which consistently produces wines of great quality and body. Four generations of the Urbina family had dedicated themselves to producing Rioja wines and, following in his father’s footsteps, Pedro Urbina is the current wine-maker. In 1976 the family took the decision to bottle and age all the wine made themselves, rather than selling grapes to other wine producers, and the single estate Urbina Rioja wines were created. Since then Urbina has gone from strength to strength. A new winery was designed and built by the Urbina family at Cuzcurrita in 1986 and there has been a large investment in modern equipment, stainless steel tanks and a bottling plant. Bodegas Urbina produces 300,000 bottles of red Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva and 50,000 bottles of white and rosé wine, all made from grapes sourced from their own vineyards. The vineyards are cultivated using traditional methods, harvesting is by hand and there is little, or no, use of weed killers and pesticides. Additionally all fertilizer used is organic. Only local / indigenous yeasts are used in the wine-making process which help to give Urbina wines their unique personality. This white Rioja is made from 100% Viura grapes.


- Urbina Rioja Blanco is a pale green colour with an aromatic citrus, floral nose, good body and structure on the palate, plenty of fleshy citrus, apricot and peach fruit, pears, lemons, creamy texture, well-balanced acidity, lingering aftertaste.

-  Urbina Crianza Rioja has a ruby colour with garnet hues, intense, mellow ripe strawberry, vanilla nose. Well-balanced, strawberry, nutty flavours on palate with splash of cream and spice, a firm taste, good structure and long lasting aftertaste with great persistence.

Reviews: "The 2005 Crianza, a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano and Mazuelo that spent 14 months in American oak. Medium crimson-colored, it emits an aromatic array of cedar, tobacco, spice box, cherry, and black raspberry. On the palate it displays an elegant personality with ample spicy fruit, a bit of structure, and a silky finish. It will drink well through 2020." 88 Points, Robert Parker

- Urbina Seleccion is an intense, dark ruby colour with a very concentrated berry / vanilla nose and flavours. Full-bodied, rich fruit cake, vanilla, well-structured, mellow, with the fine elegance of the Urbina marque.

- Urbina Reserva Rioja (Red Label) is a dark ruby colour with amber glints. it has a savoury, vanilla oak bouquet. Elegant, attractive sweet middle palate, concentrated, ripe fruit, excellent length, classy and complex.

- Urbina Reserva Especial (Blue Label) Rioja a dark ruby red colour with amber glints. It has a very pronounced nose of seductive figs, apricots, nuts, savoury vanilla oak bouquet. Voluptuous, sweet middle palate with delicious, concentrated ripe berry, mature fruit broadening out. Wonderful length, classy and complex wine.
Reviews: 91 Points, Robert Parker.

- Urbina Gran Reserva Rioja has an intense dark amber in colour, powerful and rich vegetable/tobacco nose, a perfect harmony of oak and glorious fruit, prunes, dates and sweet raisin flavours, silky and creamy on the palate with a very long and full finish.

- Urbina Gran Reserva Especial Rioja is an intense dark amber in colour, with a powerful and rich vegetable / tobacco nose, a perfect harmony of oak and glorious fruit, prunes, dates and sweet raisin flavours, silky and creamy on the palate with a very long and full finish.

Reviews: "The 1994 Gran Reserva Especial (from a great vintage) is medium ruby colored with a lovely bouquet of cherry blossom, earth notes, spice box, leather, black cherry, and plum. On the palate it is multifaceted, elegant, concentrated, impeccably balanced, and holding strong. It should drink nicely for another 10-15 years if not longer." 92 Points, Robert Parker

Fareham Wine Cellar
55 High Street, Fareham
Hampshire, PO16 7BG
United Kingdom.

Contact: Dominic Lockyer
Telephone: 01329 822733.
Fax: 01329 282355 - Please do not phone this number.

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