Flavours of Spain
A small winery near Guadix, producing some very good
in 2001, the winery produces about 200,000 bottles a year.
The vineyards are 900-1600m above sea level, growing mainly
Merlot and Tempranillo grapes with some Syrah, Cabernet
Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Grapes for the white wines are
brought in. The dry continental climate with a wide
daily range of temperatures of up to 30˚C helps the grapes
mature better and improves the flavour of the
Grapes are picked by hand and are refrigerated before pressing to improve the flavour. They are passed through a machine to separate the grapes from the stems before being placed in the large stainless steel presses.
After fermentation, the wine is aged in barrels which are stored in caves. American, French and Central European oak barrels are used, depending on the wine being produced. The temperature of 19-21˚ within the caves is optimal for aging. The humidity is kept at 70% which reduces evaporation from the barrels. The length of time spent in the barrels and bottles depends on the wine being produced.
The winery produces four different red wines, three white wines and a rose wine. The tour also includes a sampling of three different wines. Measures are generous and cheese and ham nibbles are provided.
The winery is open Monday - Saturday 10-2 and 4.30-7
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