«Your dream can come true if you have the courage to pursue it.» – Rosalía Molina
Lots of patience yields lots of flavor
A red-headed whirlwind sweeps across the courtyard, waves with a cheerful laugh at the oncoming car, and expertly looks over the delivered casks – all while finding time to caress the cats. Rosalía Molina is the founder of Bodegas Altolandon. The winery is located 130 kilometers northwest of Valencia, in the «middle of nowhere.» Because the wind is cooler here at 1100 meters above sea level, the grapes stay healthy and mature slowly. «We usually harvest from mid-October to mid-November, about two months later than our neighbors in the lower regions,» says Rosalia. Due to the slowed maturation process, the grapes develop a multi-layered aroma: «It's like simmering at a low temperature while cooking.» One notices that Rosalia is completely devoted to this winery. So, it's also not surprising that her first child was almost born on the winery. «I had three children during three harvests. When I look back today, I don't know how I did it.» While their mother tended to the wine, Rosalia's children grew up among the vines and played between bottles and casks. «Do you know what my oldest son is studying now? Enology! I find that quite gratifying,» says the visibly proud mom. It's nice to know that her enthusiasm for wine has been passed on to her child. Rosalia pauses and smiles, lost in her thoughts as the wind plays with her hair. One then sees her disappear among the rows of vines, her reflex camera at the ready – a stork has just landed on the pasture. Capturing natural spectacles seems to be her gift, whether in the form of photos, or of wine.