In the last 20 years, more than 100,000 hectares of Garnacha variety have been uprooted in Spain. In the Rioja Qualified Designation of Origin, Garnacha has gone from accounting for 39% of the total vineyard in 1973 to 8% in 2015.
For the first time in history, we will be able to enjoy six wines made with the Garnacha variety, from six unique vineyards, aged around 100 years, which have been selected for their special characteristics of orientation, exposure and soil type. We are talking about historical, unrepeatable vineyards, cultivated by more than three generations of “heroic” viticulturists who have decided to maintain the cultivation of these vineyards despite their null economic profitability.
We hold in our hands the winemaking history of Rioja expressed through the terroir, that mixture of soil and climate, which is the essence of great wines. In this case we are dealing with the same variety, the same winemaking system (fermentation in 500-litre casks), the same ageing process (eleven months in Troncais French oak), the same wine-growing area (Alto Valle del Najerilla, one of the coldest areas in Rioja) and a single variable: the terroir.
The grapes of six winegrowers have been elaborated, only 600 bottles of each one, due to its scarce production.