Born in the southern Spanish town of Sanlucar, Ramiro Ibanez built his bodega in a former boat repair shop near the Guadalquivir River. A consultant for other wineries, he started this project to explore the unique chalky soils of the Jerez region. The name of the winery is a reference to 45 meters above sea level, which is where Ibanez has identified the best soils for growing Palomino. A member of a collective known as Manifesto 119, he has also dedicated himself to protecting local grape varieties. These are possibly the best unfortified wines we’ve ever tried from Jerez.
The UBE Miraflores is made from Palomino grapes harvested from 5 different plots planted to 80-90 year old vines. Bottled when more youthful, this is the bodegas’ earliest drinking cuvée.