BODEGA VIRGEN DE LA SIERRA: Marqués de Montañana shows those Spanish wines coming from the old bush vines that have been growing for centuries in the mythic red hills of Calatayud. Two Aragonian-autochthonous grapes give shape to the wine range: Viura (white wine) and Garnacha (young and oaked reds).
Bodega Virgen de la Sierra is located in the Aragonese village of Villaroya where today’s vine growers join forces aiming to keep alive the spirit of this wine making tradition in the land they were born. Marqués de Montañana wines are the result of that dedication. They are the body-and-soul of the master vine growers from Calatayud. The latter further influencing the difficulty of the organic hand-cultivating techniques used to ensure the preservation of their roots.
DO CALATAYUD: “Calatayud has good potential, perhaps is the zone capable of producing the finest, most elegant wines in Aragón…All in all, it’s a region producing outstanding value wines, in fact some of the best values from Spain” Luis Gutiérrez (The Wine Advocate Issue #215)
From a geographical point of view, the Calatayud basin is like a miniature reproduction of the Ebro basin with three differences: the surrounding mountain ranges, the inner valley, and the foothills. Virgen de la Sierra winery is located within that eastern mountainous stretch beginning at Mount Moncayo and which forms the mountain ranges of Virgen, Vicort and Algairen where vineyards grow in the mountain slopes curved by the Jalon River.
Vineyards: Vineyards: 650 ha (1600 acres) of prime vineyards aged over 80 years. 80% of the vines are located between 700 and 850 meters high (2900-4000 ft).
Elaboration & style: Dedicated manual harvest. Selected autochthonous Garnacha and Macabeo from old vines. Fermentation in traditional concrete tanks of 25,000 kg.