The scheme is closed for the time being, as it was a total success. I found sponsors for 7 casks and I have already bought them, and filled them with wine. Depending on my circumstances, I may do it again if I need more casks.
At the time of writing/updating this article (July 2013) 4 barrels are still full of wine, and three have been botttled.
Of the 7 barrels, six were originally full of Tempranillo, but one of the sponsors expressed an interest in creating his own blend. So one day he came to the bodega and we tasted all the wines available and we played at 'Coupage'! In the end this is what he came up with: A blend called "Five on the Dot" (in Spanish "Las Cinco en Punto"), because it has five varieties in it:
- 80% Tempranillo
- 5% Garnacha
- 5% Sirah
- 5% Petit Verdot
- 5% Airén
Original text of the Oak Barrel Sponsoring Scheme
In 2010 I launched a new way for consumers to participate more closely in the wine-making process. By 'new' I mean new for me, as like most things, this has probably been done before somewhere by someone!
The idea is that a consumer (or group of consumers) finance the purchase of a new oak cask (around €300) and get paid back in bottles of wine.
Last year, because it was such a small harvest, I only had enough wine to fill one (1) additional cask, but this year I intend to buy a lot more. The financing of last year's cask was 'awarded' to a friend (and notorious long-time consumer of our wines), as we'd been talking about doing this for years!