Over the years we have lived here Jacqui and I have visited many bodegas in the area. Most of them are located in the Alpujarras (foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains). Only a few of them are located in the Levante (east) part of the province of Almería.
Early this year a friend, Alan S, spotted on Facebook that there was a bodega in the desert part of the province. He also spotted that the bodega was unusual as it sells a lot of blue wine in many countries around the world. The bodega is called Bodegas Perfer.
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We organised a coach to take us to the bodega and back. Starting at around 10am the coach was driven around Almerimar to collect the people taking part in the visit. Google maps said it would take around 1 hour 15 minutes to get to the bodega and it was not far out with the timing.
We took the motorway towards Almería. Not too far past the turn offs for Almería city we joined the major road inland toward Guadix. From this road we took the turn off towards Tabernas. This took us past Mini Hollywood and Fort Bravo. We then followed a road through what looks like a lunar landscape through the desert area of Almería.
The good news for the people on the coach was that on this occasion the bodega was not high up in the mountains. So we had no worries about people panicking about perhaps being driven off the edge of a cliff.
While at the bodega we found out that the name was formed by the first part of the two founders of the bodega (Perez and Ferre).
We started off with a guided trip around the vineyards and the wine manufacturing, bottling and storage areas.
We then got told about the products the bodega produces including red, white, rose and blue wines, blue gin and olive oil. There was also a very good description of why the bodega uses different types of corks for different types of their wine.
We then had a menu del día lunch where we tasted some of their wines. We tried their range of young wines (white, red and blue). We also tasted one of their more mature red wines.
After that we had the opportunity to purchase some wine and wine related products.Some of the wine was sold at discounted prices compared to the ones on the bodega website.
We then took the coach back to Almerimar after a very enjoyable day out.
You can see some more photos from the day in the Gallery.
Please note that I have deliberately not said too much about the information we were given during the visit. So I do not spoil things for others who might want to go to the bodega.