Böëna’s collection of Boutique Wines pairs delightfully with the stunning surroundings
Not many hotels in the world offer wine by the glass from Israel’s Negev Desert. And not many have wine collections as lovingly and carefully selected as those found at Böëna’s Wilderness Lodges.
Each of Böëna’s luxury ecolodges is as extraordinary and unique as its collection of fine boutique wines. Close to eighty percent of their wines come from small producers with limited distributions. And some twenty percent of Böëna’s wines are impossible to find anywhere else in Costa Rica – in fact, some are even difficult to find in their country of origin.
It’s not only the rarity of a wine that draws it into the Böëna collection. It is its genuine quality, superb balance, and inarguable authenticity. Among the assemblage of Böëna’s 70-plus labels are vintages ranked among the world's top 100 by renowned critics such as James Suckling and Tim Atkin.
What defines a boutique wine, you ask? A boutique wine is a limited-production vintage. And the vintner, or winemaker, is involved in each step of the process - from seedling and fermenting to providing tastings and guidance to the public and clients.
Wine savant and owner of El Barril del Vino, Gabriel Madrigal, carefully selects Böëna’s distinct collection. Then, each lodge’s Maître d' and staff are trained in pairing the distinct varieties. Patrons are further guided on choosing the right bottle for their taste by the wine list, where each wine label is accompanied by an explanation of what the client can expect and what foods are its best pair. The result is a genuinely rounded and enjoyable experience where guests are empowered to try something new and exciting.
“Working with Böëna has been such a pleasure,” says Gabriel Madrigal. “Their lodges are both exceptional and unique, and it’s been a joy providing them with rare wines to match their caliber and beautiful settings.”
What wines would Gabriel suggest while enjoying Böëna’s exquisite wilderness lodges? For an unforgettable sunset surrounded by the Monteverde Cloud Forest, he suggests the Laura Hartwig, Edición de Familia. While overlooking the Pacific Ocean as the day cools into evening at Lapa Rios, he suggests Tarsila’s Sparkling Wine. For an afternoon surrounded by the sounds and scents of the rainforest along the Pacuare River, he’d choose a 3 Corners Chenin Blanc. And lastly, while gazing upon the banks of the mighty Tortuguero Canal at Tortuga Lodge, he encourages guests to try the Villard Pinot Noir.