València DO, València DO, Spain
Verdil was an almost extinct variety. Thick-skinned and traditionally used in sweet wine, it gives a floral nose but needs Viognier, to provide body and some aromatics to the taste. Grapes are hand-harvested and then fermented in stainless steel tanks. The result is an aromatic, intense wine, light-bodied with a bone dry finish.
"By doing the good things right, you make the world more beautiful." Derrick Neleman
With this belief, Derrick Neleman started his study to become a biodynamic farmer. After his training, he ended up in the vineyards in Spain. And when he realised how culturally historically important wine is as a binder in a civilization, everything fell into place.
When Derrick met Diego Fernandez Pons, an organic winemaker from Spain, together they hatched a crazy plan to make aordable organic wine and revive near-extinct varietals from Valencia, and from this union Neleman Wines was born. Neleman organic wine is made without the use of pesticides and additives. They are so careful with their unique grapes, and the vineyards and the nature around them that wines are delivered with bicycles — always choosing the most sustainable option in their business operations.
"We take good care of the people who make our wine, so they make better wine. With better wine, we create more special moments for the people who drink our wine." Derrick Neleman
Neleman chooses young artists, designers and architects to create the design of their inspiring (and very cool) labels and packaging.
Good wine is made by paying the right attention to nature and to the people who make and drink the wine.