Prague restaurant “Gran Fierro” launches orange wines

Not your typical Argentinian steakhouse, Gran Fierro puts sustainability at the heart of its identity.

“We know the idea of ​​the steakhouse needs to evolve,” owner Juan Cruz said, speaking to Prague Morning.

“We’re not the typical steakhouse where people stuff themselves like crazy on meat,” he said. Since moving to the new location in Myslíkova, they have taken steps towards sustainability, such as composting their organic waste, raising awareness of deforestation caused by the charcoal industry and many more. other circular initiatives.

Now it seems the time has come to introduce natural wines on the menu. “I was skeptical about natural wines ever since I heard about them, and even more so after trying some very forgettable wines,” Juan said.

“But then I met sommelier and winemaker Igor Corral Carmona. He made me discover remarkable wines which made me change
disturbs. When you discover that a wine made without chemicals is not only good but excellent, you no longer want to drink anything else”.

Juan says that tasting with Igor is unique, not only because he shares his knowledge with absolute passion, but also because “he makes you understand what you are drinking. Suddenly, everything makes sense”

One type of natural wine he is keen to introduce are the often labeled orange wines. They are not made from oranges as some might think. These wines are made from white grapes but keeping the skins during fermentation, as is done for red wines. This is what gives them the darkest color.

“The production of most orange wines involves little intervention, making them fall on the spectrum of natural wines, and that’s why we consider them iconic”

Juan also explained that natural wines are helping the wider wine community increasingly understand that it’s not so much about the grape as it is about the terroir. “The fewer chemicals you put in, the more you let the terroir express its character”

The local natural wine scene in the Czech Republic is starting to explode and Gran Fierro wants to spice it up by introducing wines from Spain and France that are worth tasting.

Gran Fierro organizes a tasting of Natural wines & Tapas at Manifesto Market Anděl on Friday July 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – where Igor will show why natural wines are so versatile when paired with dishes.

And on Sunday, July 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gran Fierro will offer a Brunch with natural cava and hamwhere Igor will cut a whole “Pata de Jamón Ibérico de Bellota” and will associate its 3 different parts with 3 different Cavas.

Berta D. Wells