BurNarj Sparkling Orange Wines

2013 December 19
by azahar

burnarj[click on image to enlarge]

I was treated to a private wine tasting yesterday, along with friends Fiona @Seville_Writer and Amelia @TravelCuisine1, arranged for us by BurNarj @Burnarj, a young family-run winery in Palma del Rio, Córdoba. BurNarj – a pormanteau of “burbujas” (bubbles) and “naranja” (orange) – is the world’s first and only sparkling orange wine made from 100% orange juice. All other orange wines presently on the market are grape wines that have been infused with orange juice, zest, etc. BurNarj wines are made using the traditional méthode champenoise which, aside from champagne (obvs), is also used for making Spanish cava. There are four wines in the Burnarj range: Brut Nature (dry 11% alc), Brut (slightly sweet 11% alc), Semi-Seco (semi-sweet 11€ alc) and a Semi-Seco light (7% alc). It is recommended to drink these wines well-chilled between 1º – 3º C.

BurNarj general director Alfonso Diéguez arrived at Travel & Cuisine headquarters with a cooler full of wines and a lovely selection of snacks. We started off tasting the bone dry Brut Nature, which paired very well with the smoked salmon and jamón Ibérico (Alfonso also recommends it with Rio Frío caviar from the same region), and which ended up being everybody’s favourite. I found the Brut to be a “neither here nor there” wine and was surprised to find I liked the Semi-Seco light second best out of the four. At 7% alcohol it would be a perfect brunch wine, like a ready-made mimosa. Also great for picnics, come to think of it.

Alfonso talked us through the process and explained the different characteristics of each wine with obvious passion. I was surprised to learn that it takes 5 kilos of oranges (2 litres of fresh juice) to make just one bottle of wine. It was also interesting to find out more about the origins of the company and the labour-intensive méthode champenoise. Just two years old, the winery is already selling well in Japan, Poland, Mexico and the UK, as well as at home in Spain. At 11.90€ – 13-50€ retail this would probably be a special occasion wine for most people, but I do recommend giving these wines a try, especially the Brut Nature and the light Semi-Seco.

For more information and to visit the BurNarj online store…

BurNarj Website
Pol. Ind. El Garrotal, Calle E, parcela 5
Palma del Río, Córdoba
Tel. 957 644 059 / 672 289 105

burnarj wines

5 Responses leave one →
  1. December 19, 2013

    Being an orange lover, I am intrigued by this wine. Next time in Spain, I’ll have to try it.

  2. December 22, 2013

    This is something I’ve never had in my 8 years in Spain! I’d love to try it!

  3. May 24, 2014

    The real wine made of 100% pure oranges from the Alicante-Valencia region you can find is made by only 1 person, and that’s my friend Pepe who 14 years ago produced his first orange wine. It’s made on a traditional way and is very labour-intensive. It takes the orange about 2 to 5 years before having produced on its natural way enough alcohol. Then after fermentation of minimum 2 years it is put into American Oak barrels where another 16 months it will take before bottling.
    I am happy and honoured to be his friend and salesman for Northern Europe.
    Check out my website and you will see that these orange wines are unique in the world as are their family products.

  4. February 15, 2018

    BurNarj its a great option , unique orange sparkling wine. BurNarj – natural sparkling wine made exclusively in Spain’s Guadalquivir Valley from 100% fresh , natural oranges
    Not many fruits are so versatile as orange …very tasty Burnarj orange bubbly sparkling . I try it already and read more info about Burnarj at : burner.global

Leave a Reply

Note: You can use basic XHTML in your comments. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS

%d bloggers like this: