Navarra

Village wines, Fitero.

Location: 42°03′29″N1°51′26″O — Altitude 490m

 

 

In this area, the Mediterranean influence of the Ebro Valley disappears, giving way to a more continental climate, with hot summers, cold winters and great differences between day and night temperatures. The average annual temperature ranges between 13 ° and 14°C, the annual rainfall is between 400 and 500 mm, and the vine growing season is among the longest in the region. Navarra: Approx. 227 days.

A unique terroir

In these arid conditions, the vine roots have to burrow deep into the soil to find water, helped by the heterogeneous nature of the clay soils. Other factors that determine the quality of the wines include the location just on the geological border between the Sierra de Cameros Mountains and the Ebro river basin.

The vines grow on rocky and stony soils with variegated clays (heterogeneous), limestone and composite soils. The fact that the clay-based soils are non-homogeneous makes them much more permeable and resistant to erosion than the soils of the Ebro Basin.

Being bush vines grown on rocky and stony soils, the stone retains heat during the day and releases it at night, which has the effect of accelerating the ripening of the grapes. The stones also serve as a protective layer that helps retain moisture in the soil during the dry summer months.

 

 

Restoring the natural flora

The natural flora found around the vines that we are actively recovering is very unusual, as it includes local species such as flowering plants from the lamiaceae family which thrive in chalky soils, as well as euphorbias related to some North African species.

Mountain ironwort and the local plant soplaiplon are also found, along with various types of wild poppies. Watercress, bryony, devil’s snare and field horsetail from the equisetaceae family (a relic from the Carboniferous Period) are among the many other plants to be found here.

Perhaps due to the unique characteristics of the area, we are proud to have one of the oldest vineyards known in Navarra, 115 year old Garnacha vines that survived phylloxera. We are currently investigating the unique features of this vineyard.

 

Navarra

Village wines, Corella.

Location: 42°06′53″N1°47′12″O — Altitude 371m

 

In this area, the Mediterranean influence of the Ebro Valley is greater than in Fitero, yet summers are still very hot and the winters very cold with great differences between day and night temperatures. The average annual temperature is 13.3ºC with annual rainfall around 500mm.

The terrain is flat and the Tempranillo, Graciano and Grenache vines are trained on wires.

Corella is historically linked to wine production due to the characteristics of its soils, with the calcareous clay earth perfect for these local varieties.

 

 

 

Rioja

La Rioja Alavesa.

Location: 42°35′25″N 2°47′34″O — Altitude 555m

The Mediterranean climate has a clear Cantabrian influence tempered by the protection offered by mountain ranges to the north. The annual average temperature ranges between 12.6º and 13.2ºC with an average rainfall of about 650 mm. The climate is Mediterranean, of the sub-humid dry type.

The vineyards we control are located at about 550 metres above sea level.

The soil is one of the most distinguishing features of quality of this area. Known as “Tierra Parda Caliza” or brown limestone, it is a deep, very chalky, poor soil of a yellowish-brown colour and light to medium consistency and is gravelly to various degrees. Vine roots sink deep into the ground, spreading across a large area in their quest to find the necessary nutrients.

We work mainly with Tempranillo and, to a lesser extent, Garnacha.

Vineyard practices

We practice low intervention, environmentally-friendly viticulture, we do not till the vineyards, all processes are carried out manually, we use selected native plants for ground cover and we fertilize with compost to improve the vine’s resistance to diseases.

Our philosophy of minimal intervention is carried through to the winery, we use spontaneous fermentations, avoid racking, not filter or clarify, we do not use additives and only add sulphur in very moderate doses.

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