- Real bota wineskin from Spain, not a cheap imitation
- Handmade - 40 step process
- Classic pitch lined interior
- Flawless goat suede
- Will last a lifetime
- Size - 1 liter/1.05 quarts
A true bota wineskin from Spain is a work of art, handmade with expertise handed down from generation to generation. A wine-filled bota is excellent for picnics, hikes or any journey. Its soft goat black suede exterior is comfortable and attractive. Share a sip of wine with your companions and add the romance of old Spain to your next get-together.
This traditional version of the bota is made the same way it has been for countless generations. Don't fall for poorly made imitations made in China. Each bota is made from premium local goat hide by the famous bota-maker Jesus Blasco and branded with our Peregrino logo.
Making a bota takes expertise and patience. There are about 40 stages before the wineskin is ready to be used. The leather of our botas is cut and sewn by hand to make a tight pleating. Next, it is turned inside out and pitch is applied make it waterproof. Finally, the bota spout is attached and the final touches are added.
Our brand, Peregrino, means pilgrim in Spanish. Many of the pilgrims walking the road to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia carry a bota to refresh themselves and friends during their long journey.
Jesús Blasco is an ancient bota workshop in the ancient castle town of Sigüenza, about two hours northeast of Madrid. Since the 19th century, they've practiced the ancient method of bota making, using flawless local goat suede, wood tannins and natural pine pitch. To this day the company is run by descendants of the original founder, Julián Blasco.
It is important to prepare your traditional bota before its first use, as the pitch lining of the traditional bota has a strong taste. You only need to follow this procedure for the pitch-lined botas, not those lined with latex. First, warm your bota in the sun so that the pitch within will distribute evenly. Next, blow into the opening of the bota to inflate it, separating the sides; the warmer the pitch is, the easier it will be to inflate the bota. Add cold water and set the bota aside. After a few days, replace the water with inexpensive wine and let it sit for at least a day. Discard this wine and your bota is ready for use.
When you are not using your bota be sure to deflate it and press the sides together to avoid the pitch settling in one region of the wineskin. Store in a cool dry place.
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"I recently re-read The Sun Also Rises and HAD to have an authentic leather wine bottle just like Jake Barnes'. That is why I went for the pitch-lined one. While I did not stand on my inflated wine bottle like the craftsman in the novel, it has proven so far to be air-and water (wine)-tight. Per the instructions, I have filled the bottle with a cheap wine to "flavor" the inside of the bottle, and this wine comes out very pitch-flavored. I suspect it may take a while for the taste of pitch to dissipate, but I was going for authentic, and I knew beforehand this would be the case. I will pass on the bullfight."
CrisPellie - Arlington, TN June 2016