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
realized how historically culturally 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
"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."
Neleman chooses young artists, designers and
architects to create the design of their inspiring
(and very cool) labels and packaging.
"Lightly aromatic with subtle nectarine fruits, vibrant acidity and a crisp, dry finish. Drink this with lighter seafood dishes, such as grilled plaice with lemon and parsley butter."
Good wine is made by paying the right attention to nature and to the people who make and drink the wine.