all our cava and sparkling wine producers make environmentally friendly wines with small scale production, many still by hand.
spain is one of the world’s most exciting wine regions. from traditional sherries and rioja, right through to young winemakers making modern wines in up and coming regions, there’s so much quality. we are proud to offer nothing but spanish wine across the board.
the country’s sparkling wines are buzzing with incredible quality at great prices, and small producers are making exquisite examples. you can also enjoy these at a fraction of the price of a bottle of similar quality champagne.
we offer a wide range with something for everyone, from great, easy-going options to exquisite gems for special occasions.
All cava is made in the método tradicional (as with Champagne), then fermented in deep underground caves; this is where the name cava comes from. This takes time, but results in some wonderful, complex wines and great variety. Cava can come from many different regions of Spain, but 95% comes from Penedès in Catalunya. Not all Spanish sparkling wine is labelled as cava, as some producers decide not to have the word ‘cava’ on their wines.
Joven — minimum 9 months aged. Reserva — minimum 15 months ageing. Gran Reserva — minimum 30 months ageing. Cava can also be categorised according to sugar levels. Brut nature and brut — the driest styles. Demi-sec — medium. Dulce — sweetest style
A wide variety of grapes are used to make modern cavas including Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Trepat, Garnacha, Monastrell and Malvasia. This gives great variety and individuality across hundreds of different producers.
sherry is, quite rightly, going through a renaissance in great bars and restaurants worldwide, providing some of the best quality and variety of any wine category. we think sherry is cool!
jerez de la frontera, which has given its name to sherry, is one of the three towns – along with el puerto de santa maria and sanlucar de barrameda – that form the sherry triangle in cádiz, in stunning south-west andalucia, home to flamenco, stunning beaches and beautiful white villages (‘pueblos blancos’).
at bar 44 cardiff, you can now try sherry from the uk’s only working seasoned full barrels, commissioned straight from jerez – the real deal!
You can find a sherry to pair with any ingredient or dish, ranging from dry, straw-coloured finos and manzanillas, to beautifully aged, nutty and rounded amontillados and olorosos, and sweet, raisiny Pedro Ximénez. There’s a sherry for everyone!
Lighter dry styles — fino/manzanilla. Aged & aromatic — amontillado/palo cortado. Powerful aged sherry — oloroso. Sweet — moscatel/pedro ximénez/cream Remember the following as a rough guide regarding food pairings.
If it swims, drink fino. If it flies, drink amontillado. If it walks, drink oloroso.
We serve our sherry in full-size wine glasses to get maximum expression, and drink them at every opportunity – especially with tapas.
aged in the coastal town of sanlucar, these fino sherries are super-dry and light, with a character all of their own – enjoy straight from the fridge. our manzanillas are from baron, an incredible bodega dating back to 1631.
starting as finos, then aged for longer in contact with the air, giving beautiful nutty flavours and caramel aromas/colours. Dry, delicate and sophisticated.
the driest style of wine in the world and the base of many styles of sherry. enjoy from the fridge.
aromatic, powerful, deeply-coloured Our olorosos are dry, perfect for red meat, game and slow-braised dishes.
situated in ollauri in rioja alta, the bodega was founded in 1973 by a group of gents from a local gastronomic society, encouraged by a love of great food and wine. beronia is dedicated to producing stunning wines and is one of the top wineries in spain, following the traditional wine-making values of the region whilst embracing new and unique techniques and environmentally-friendly practice.
why not try our beronia wine flight? 75 ml each of our exceptional crianza, reserva and barrel fermented rioja.
an eclectic mix from some of spain’s finest producers, from refreshing lagers and craft beers, to asturian cider on tap or natural sidra in bottles. not forgetting, of course, our very own locally brewed toro blanco.
our cocktails focus on great combinations, with nods to spanish ingredients and regions. the result is sophisticated but fun drinks that we hope you’ll enjoy.
look for our regional flavours, modern classics and mocktails.
gin and tonics are a big deal in spain. the spanish have revolutionised the simple g&t, and the market there is nearly four times what it is in the uk! we serve ours donostia-style in large goblets, with paired tonics and botanicals to suit the profile of your chosen gin.