Cantabria wine

by Neil Morris

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Cantabria is not known for its wine; there are no Denominaciónes de Origen and only two Vino de la Tierra regions. The wine produced here includes the light and slightly sparkling Txakoli (Basque) or Chacolí as it is known in Spanish; this is a popular wine to drink with seafood due to its acidic character.

Winemakers in areas such as Liébana also produce good quality red wine and various versions of the popular local liqueur Orujo are produced at the same vineyards. Cantabrian wine is not of bad quality but it is limited in production which is a shame because wine has been produced in Cantabria for many years - often in large quantities. The popularity of traditional Cider, however, has seen a decline in production and it is only since the turn of the millenium that signs of a revival have appeared.

The popular Orujo liqueur is actually produced from the fermented and distilled leftover residue from wine production and is usually drank as an after-meal shot. It is a normally a clear liquid with a very high alcohol content and many artisan producers create flavoured versions using other ingredients such as honey and herbs.

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