Yesterday we visited all the stands at the ‘Hecho en La Alpujarra’ festival here in Órgiva. It was busy with people trying out local produce and admiring the handmade products from rugs to pottery, shoes to jewellery. We couldn’t resist a plate of meats – although some were hard to identify, so we left them. Pampaneira’s famous Abuela Ili Chocolate proved a popular stand, as did a local beer producer whose customers blocked the entrance as they guzzled from the mini tasting glasses.
We bought a white vase from Rafael Orellana Bueno whose workshop is in Órgiva (Rafa also runs Imagine Bar in Órgiva with his son, Rafa). A few wines were tried and we came away with a couple of bottles of red. The grapes – a mix of Tempranillo and Merlot – are grown at 1352 metres above sea level in slaty soil (suelo pizarroso). The vineyard is in the Sierra de la Contraviesa in Las Alpujarras. The wine’s very nice too – here’s their website (check out the lovely bottle designs).
It was an enjoyable morning at the Made in La Alpujarra festival despite the ludicrously loud music/voices blaring from the PA once in a while. We half-expected a bull to charge through the crowd at any moment.
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