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 Bobal Wine

Bobal is a dark-skinned wine grape variety native to Utiel-Requena in southeast Spain. It is widely planted throughout the region in the DOs of Valencia, Manchuela, Alicante and Murcia. Outside Spain, Bobal is grown in small amounts in the Roussillon region of France and the Italian island of Sardinia, where it is known as Bovale or Nieddera. Its name is derived from the Latin word bovale – meaning bull – and refers to the resemblance the grape bunches have to a bull’s head. 

In Spain, it is the third most-cultivated variety behind Airen and Tempranillo. Bobal’s thick skins produce deeply colored wines with good tannins and acidity and only moderate alcohol. However, it is not considered a quality grape variety and in the past its main function was to produce grape concentrate.

Bobal Grapes

Nowadays, however, Bobal growers are focusing more on quality production. Rosé wines made using the variety can reach a level of complexity that suggests it has great promise when put to this use. As red wine, however, it can sometimes lack the body found in other varieties from the same area so is often blended with the likes of Mourvedre (Monastrell in Spain), which has enormous potential for alcohol.

In Sardinia, Bobal is the primary ingredient for Campidano di Terralba wines. There, it produces red wines blended with the little-known regional varieties Pascale di Cagliari, Greco Nero (known locally as Greco Nieddu) or Monica and can be released a mere six months after being harvested.

Synonyms include: Bovale, Nieddera.

Food matches include:
Europe: Paella Valenciana (red and rosé)
Asia: Szechuan tea-smoked duck (red)
Americas: Chilean roasted rabbit (conejo asado) (red)

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Wine Name
Bodegas Vicente Gandia Castillo de Liria Bobal - Shiraz, Valencia, Spain Valencia $10 5216
Bodega Mustiguillo Finca Terrerazo Vino de la Tierra El Terrerazo, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain El Terrerazo VT $28 9073
Bodega Sierra Norte Pasion de Bobal, Utiel-Requena, Spain Utiel-Requena $15 11920
Bodega Mustiguillo Quincha Corral Bobal Vino de la Tierra El Terrerazo, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain El Terrerazo VT $68 18460
J.P. Chenet Sparkling Rose, France France $8 25828
Bodegas y Vinedos Ponce La Casilla Vina Estrecha, Manchuela, Spain Manchuela $22 30509
Bodega Sierra Norte Cerro Bercial Rosado, Utiel-Requena, Spain Utiel-Requena $6 31869
Bodegas y Vinedos Ponce Pie Franco 'P.F', Manchuela, Spain Manchuela $20 34710
Bodegas Luan Equis Vinas Viejas Vino de la Tierra, Castilla La Mancha, Spain Castilla VT $6 40645
Finca Sandoval Signo, Manchuela, Spain Manchuela $22 42386
Attilio Contini Barrile Isola dei Nuraghi IGT, Sardinia, Italy Isola dei Nuraghi IGT $44 43529
Attilio Contini Nieddera Rosso Valle del Tirso IGT, Sardinia, Italy Valle del Tirso IGT $17 44706
Attilio Contini Nieddera Rosato Valle del Tirso IGT, Sardinia, Italy Valle del Tirso IGT $10 52490
Bodegas Vicente Gandia Hoya de Cadenas Rosado, Utiel-Requena, Spain Utiel-Requena $8 52490
Bodega Sierra Norte Temperamento Bobal, Utiel-Requena, Spain Utiel-Requena $13 60588
Bodegas Murviedro Cueva del Culpa, Utiel-Requena, Spain Utiel-Requena $20 63147
Bodegas Covinas 'Sierra Salinas' Bobal Rosado, Utiel-Requena, Spain Utiel-Requena $5 66940
Agro de Bazan 'Mas de Bazan' Bobal, Utiel-Requena, Spain Utiel-Requena $8 68989
Bodegas Covinas 'Vina Enterizo' Bobal Rosado, Utiel-Requena, Spain Utiel-Requena $5 70115
Pala Essentija Bovale Isola dei Nuraghi IGT, Sardinia, Italy Isola dei Nuraghi IGT $20 70115
Bodegas Vicente Gandia Marques del Turia Bobal - Shiraz, Valencia, Spain Valencia $5 72420
Bodegas Murviedro Corolilla Bobal Vinas Viejas Crianza, Utiel-Requena, Spain Utiel-Requena $10 77693
Bodegas y Vinedos Ponce Pino, Manchuela, Spain Manchuela $28 82306
Bodegas Vicente Gandia Generacion 1, Utiel-Requena, Spain Utiel-Requena $32 84005
Bodegas Chozas Carrascal 'Las Dosces' DO de Pago, Utiel-Requena, Spain Chozas Carrascal $10 85801
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