In March 2018, we began the search for vineyards, mainly with indigenous grape varieties, but also open-minded to international varieties that meet our expectations. The location and orientation is important, as are factors such as poor soils with good drainage and a crop that respects the environment and limits grape production in the interest of quality. In some cases, we have long-term leases, while in others we buy grapes from good growers. At present, we are in the process of buying our own vineyards, the majority of which are small plots. With experience in producing wine according to specific plot features, we aim to identify the unique characteristics and start working to take advantage of what each one offers.
Located in Ainzón and Tabuenca in the Campo de Borja region, the area with the highest altitude of the area. Mountain peaks rise to a height of over a 1,000 meters with slopes offering the best vineyards, set against the background of the majestic Moncayo, the highest in the region. This area was categorised as 05-UT in the study and doctoral thesis “Alma de Terroir” prepared by Dr. Miguel Lorente Blasco in 2007. An important part of the study corroborates the characteristics of the wines: plenty of red fruit and freshness.
The continental climate of this region is characterised by scarce rainfall and water resources, with an average annual temperature of 14°C and rainfall below 400 mm.
The soil is mainly composed of Triassic Bundsandstein materials, conglomerates, deep red siliceous sandstone and shale.
It was the construction of the Monastery of Veruela by French Cistercian monks in the 12th century that saw the cultivation of vines reborn in these lands. Today it is one of the areas with the highest number of Grenache vines in southern Europe
Vineyards: Pozos de Mata, El Romeroso and Feremosa
With the spectacular backdrop of the Sierra de Guara mountain range, Bespén and the Hoya de Huesca region are characterized by a climate of transition; from the cold, damp mountain climate that prevails in the highest areas of the territory to the warm, dry continental Mediterranean climate of the plains. Focusing on the southeast of the region, the altitude above sea level is 450 metres and the average annual temperature is 13°C. Rainfall is 480 mm per year, the vineyards enjoy good sun exposure and the local wind, known as the cierzo, blows regularly.
The soils are alluvial conglomerate deposits with alternating sand and clay from the early Miocene Tertiary periods.
The wines of Bespén are mentioned in a transcendental event in the history of the Crown of Aragon. “In the marriage ceremony of Doña Petronila with Don Ramón Berenguer, held in Barbastro on August 17, 1137, thirty pitchers of wine from the Grenache vines of Bespén were taken for the wedding ceremonies toasts .”
Vineyards: Las Pilas and La Armacila
San Martín de Valdeiglesias
San Martín de Valdeiglesias is located to the east of the Sierra de Gredos and to the west of the Sierra de Guadarrama, at an altitude of 681 metres above sea level and geographically at a point where the provinces of Madrid, Toledo and Ávila meet. Its climate is Mediterranean, dry and temperate, with average annual temperatures of around 13°C, long, cold winters and hot, dry summers. The average annual rainfall is around 500 to 550 l/m2, falling mostly during the autumn and spring months. The soils come from the natural disintegration of granite. Weathering favours the formation of sandy, stony soils that are very poor in organic matter and excellent for vine cultivation.
It was after the end of Moorish rule in the 12th century, when Cistercian monks settled in the Monastery of Santa María de Valdeiglesias in Pelayos. Many of the agricultural lands were planted with vines, being a time of splendour for the resulting wines. Centuries later, the wines of San Martín supplied the courts of Madrid and Toledo and were referred to by Tirso de Molina, Cervantes and Rojas, among other illustrious writers.
After phylloxera ruined the Spanish vineyards, Aragonese muleteers brought in Grenache plants grafted onto American rootstock, which is now the most widespread variety in the area. Some vineyards are over a hundred years old. Around the same time, the Malvar variety from neighbouring Toledo arrived in the area.
Vineyards: Paraje La Mata .
Varieties: Malvar and Garnacha