Equipo Navazos was born out of a shared passion for the fortified wines of Andalucía. Back in 2005 Eduardo Ojeda and Jesús Barquín, aware of some of the treasures that lay in the dark in the bodegas of the Marco de Jerez and Montilla-Moriles, decided to do something about it. They began to travel round from bodega to bodega, carefully selecting soleras and individual barrels and bottling limited editions of different wines for friends and family.
Gradually the number of bottles grew, although with numbers around a few hundred or low thousands it remained very much an artisanal project. The two friends began to become more and more involved in the winemaking process right back to the vineyard itself, and collaborations with growers led to the launch of specific brands of their own. The quality of the Equipo Navazos catalogue is thanks to the century-old efforts of some of Andalucía’s best known growers and cellarmasters – names like Valdespino, Pérez Barquero, Rey Fernando de Castilla, Sánchez Ayala or Marqués del Real Tesoro to name just a few.
The OVNI Project is a part of Equipo Navazos and is a continuation of that collaborative approach. OVNI focuses on the production of a selection of still wines made with the Palomino Fino and Pedro Ximénez grapes in Jerez and Montilla-Moriles. The wines have no biological ageing under flor which helps to showcase the full potential of the grape and its terruño.