I had the pleasure of attending a seminar by Juan Muga from Bodegas Muga this past February at the Synergy Loft in Downtown Denver, I must say it was quite interesting! Prior to the seminar, I knew I liked Muga wines but I had not done much research as to why. As soon as Juan started speaking about the winery and their practices, I had my answer.
Juan and his team at Muga are encouraged to make decisions based on the desired quality of the end product, not the bottom dollar of a P&L statement and I think that is absolutely fantastic (my family owns a small business that always puts quality first). This means every aspect of the winery is looked at closely to ensure they are putting out the best possible product they can.
I was most impressed to learn they actually send someone to France, Kentucky, and even Ohio to select the trees that will eventually be made into their barriques and casks. Not only that, but after the wood has been selected it is sent to the winery, cut to size and aged outside for 2-3 years before the cooper or the cubero makes it into a new cask or barrique.
Anyone will tell you the type of cork used to seal the bottle is just as important as the wine itself so why not be picky about that too (ok, maybe just wine geeks like myself will tell you that but anyway…). At Muga, they go to great lengths to select the perfect cork for their wines by sending someone to Portugal and Spain to pick out the cork oak trees that will be used! They source about 80% of the cork from Portugal while purchasing about 20% from Spain, mostly because cork oak is more abundant in Portugal.
When it comes time to filter the wines, they actually use egg whites. Matter of fact, each season the winery goes through approximately 80,000 eggs! Due to the sheer number of eggs whites they need, they actually have a tool that separates the egg yolk from the white for you. How cool is that? However, the tool does not take all the work out of it because each egg is still cracked by hand.
This is a brief list of the great things they do at Bodegas Muga to make themselves stand out; there is much more to their story so please check out their website for yourself by clicking here. And if you haven’t tried their wines, get out there and buy yourself a bottle. It is one of the best valued Spanish wines on the market today!